Kyushu Trip Part 3: Fujimoto Onsen

 

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Ryokan Fujimoto, Aso Onsen

We arrived at our second lodge.  Our most favorite Onsen, Fujimoto.

Ryokan Fujimoto

 

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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.

 

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They recently renovate all their 8 rooms.

 

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Very comfortable modern Japanese design.

 

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We liked this change.

 

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But something don’t change.  Welcome tea with Ohagi, very much countryside style and taste.

 

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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!

 

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Now let’s hit the spring!

This is a library before onsen area.

 

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Of course all the onsen baths here are flow-through straight from the spring source.

 

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Aaaahhhwww….

 

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It snowed again!  Lucky us.

 

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Dinner!

 

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Horse sashimi.  Leaner than yesterday, and we like this better.

 

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Yamame in different style.  Marinated and charcoal grilled.

 

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It was so good that I didn’t miss a thing.

 

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Aka-Ushi beef steak.

 

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Tempura with seasonal leafs and buds.  The bitter taste of early spring.

 

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Mushroom hot pot.  Very simply delicious soup.

 

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Along with the beautiful rice.  The housemade pickles are excellent here too.

 

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My morning ritual the next day.

 

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We just love this breakfast.  Nothing fancy.  Just simple good old Japanese foods handmade with local, seasonal ingredients.

 

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With the greatest rice of Japan.

 

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The marinated boil egg here is amazing.

 

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After shopping some local goodies to bring back home, we entered the soba street in the mountain.

 

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We picked one of all the soba restaurants on the winding road.

 

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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.

 

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The soba snack were unstoppable.

 

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Vegetable tempura.

 

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Beautiful soba.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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