Last night I had to make a difficult decision-whether or not to visit Mt. Aso on my way to Yufuin (where I had already booked and paid for a hotel). The logistics were tough difficult-if I used the bus I would have to leave at 8:00 am and then I would have to spend five hours at Mt. Aso. Or I could take the local train there, but it would result in more than four hours on the train. So opted for the third option of going to Yufuin by taking the shinkansen to Kurume and then catching a limited express to Yufuin, so that I would have some time to explore the city in the daytime in stead of arriving late and leaving early tomorrow. I can see coming back to visit Beppu or Oita and doing a day trip to Aso then. It is winter off season, but the train was full of Korean tourists making their way from Fukuoka I suspect. Yufuin was also crowded with tourists unlike Kumamoto, the most I saw there were at the castle.
Outside the tiny local train station.
Looks like they have their own local craft beer.
I was seated at the hearth at the restaurant Nenrin for lunch.
I got the fried chicken set lunch with pickles, soup, two kinds of salad, chawansmushi (egg custard), and rice for ¥1080.
My sitting room at @Inn in Yufuin.
The closets local onsen to my hotel.
Local beer and smoked pork sausage.
Bright lights of Yufuin.
I got the winter set dinner with chicken udon noodles, chicken fried rice, tempura style chicken, and seared chicken sashimi for ¥1500, excellent. Kyushu is known for their free range chicken.