Ryokan Fujimoto, Aso Onsen
We arrived at our second lodge. Our most favorite Onsen, Fujimoto.
Fujimoto has only 8 rooms. It’s a small ryokan. That’s one of the reasons we like about it. Kurokawa Onsen is a great place with lots of different Onsen spas and the whole village itself is like a heritage. But sometimes it can be too much tourism.
Fujimoto is always private. You go bathe in the onsen for so many times and hardly see or hear other people.
They recently renovate all their 8 rooms.
Very comfortable modern Japanese design.
We liked this change.
But something don’t change. Welcome tea with Ohagi, very much countryside style and taste.
And they are excellent in personal services.
I didn’t say anything, but they got me super extra large Kimono. I’m 185cm tall, super extra large for a Japanese!
Now let’s hit the spring!
This is a library before onsen area.
Of course all the onsen baths here are flow-through straight from the spring source.
It snowed again! Lucky us.
Horse sashimi. Leaner than yesterday, and we like this better.
Yamame in different style. Marinated and charcoal grilled.
It was so good that I didn’t miss a thing.
Aka-Ushi beef steak.
Tempura with seasonal leafs and buds. The bitter taste of early spring.
Mushroom hot pot. Very simply delicious soup.
Along with the beautiful rice. The housemade pickles are excellent here too.
My morning ritual the next day.
We just love this breakfast. Nothing fancy. Just simple good old Japanese foods handmade with local, seasonal ingredients.
With the greatest rice of Japan.
The marinated boil egg here is amazing.
After shopping some local goodies to bring back home, we entered the soba street in the mountain.
We picked one of all the soba restaurants on the winding road.
It happened to have the same name as my family name. The same family mark too. We may be related somewhere in our family lines.
The soba snack were unstoppable.
We had one left with our Kurokawa Onsen ticket. We made one more stop at one of the onsen spas in Kurokawa before we head back to Fukuoka.
OK. We were all filled up with Onsen now. Our skin is nourished. Our body feels light. Our mind refreshed.
Wish we could stay longer. But we’ll sure come back again.