Stylish restaurant with food to match. The lunch set is a god deal. I got several interesting (mostly seafood) tiny dishes on a big plate with miso and rice. Situated next to a brewery, so they have a nice selection of micro brew a well as Sake.
This is the oldest hot springs in Japan and bathing here is a wonderful experience. For the simplest bath, choose Kami-no-yu, with access to two identical stone baths with gorgeous tile art. Pay extra and you're allowed to go upstairs and tea is included. A stop here is one of the highlights of...more
A small village up in a mountain valley of Kyushu, Kurokawa Onsen makes a great stop (overnight if you have the money) for an afternoon on the way from Aso to Beppu. Buy an "onsen passport" and sample three of the village's onsen, each located in one of the many ryokan....more