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Ramen Akagumi ラーメン 赤組 – Kumamoto, Japan

From Kurokawa, we drove to Kumamoto and along the way, we stopped in Aso for the volcano. It’s the largest active volcano in Japan and has one of the largest caldera’s in the world.

By the time we parked the car and walked a minute, the volcanic fumes went to an unacceptable level and we had to evacuate.  We didn’t even get to walk to the caldera!

evacuation lady got kinda made at me cause I was dragging my feet while taking photos…

We arrived in Kumamoto in time for lunch and ate at a highly rated (according to Tabelog) ramen joint.

Kumamoto ramen is a bit different from Kyushu style as the broth is a bit lighter.

fried chicken

Kumamoto Castle!


Ramen Akagumi ラーメン 赤組

7-29 Kamitori-cho | Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture 860-0845, Japan


Yumerindo Hanadomari 夢龍胆 花泊まり @ Kurokawa Onsen, Japan

After Yufuin, we headed to Kurokawa to take a dip in its famous onsen (hot spring).  We stayed at Yumerindo Hanadomari, a ryokan with own private in-room onsen. private onsen!  The nightly rate per person includes both dinner and breakfast! We were highly anticipating the meals because this ryokan has high ranking for its food. private dining room Our menu… unfortunately, can’t read it..

 shochu.. a Kyushu island specialty, distilled beverage  made from barley, buckwheat, sweet potato and rice..

I wasn’t too sure of what I ate.. but it all tasted very delicious and were so ornately presented…

horse sashimi….Kurokawa is in Kyushu’s Kumamoto prefecture, which is famous for horse meat.  I had horse sashimi before at Guu, so I wasn’t really shocked. It’s not too gamey and kinda chewy. I think you’re eating this for its texture.

  kurobuta pork…..

wagyu beef… 

kind of disappointed that the dessert wasn’t Japanese….

we went back to our room and found grilled rice balls!! such a great midnight snack!

The next morning, they set up the breakfast in our room.  That was probably the heaviest breakfast I ever had (not including breakfast buffets).


Yumerindo Hanadomari  夢龍胆 花泊まり 

6564 -1 Manganji, Minami-Oguni-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto 所在地:〒869-2402 熊本県阿蘇郡南小国町満願寺6564-1 Tel:0967-44-0322

Street Eats – Yufuin, Japan

After eating B-Speak‘s roll cake in the car, we walked around this charming hot spring town.  Apart from onsens, there’s also art galleries, cafes, boutiques, mountains and lake.

Lake Kinrinko

We also ate our way through town…

Snoopy Cafe… so kawaii!

green tea mochi… super soft…

Wagyu beef BBQ skewers… 500 yen only! Unfortunately, this was really tough.. not Wagyu.. ripoff

We passed by this bakery, Milch, and stopped because of the fragrant smell of cheese.

cheescake (cold and hot)…. both versions were delicious and so rich.. but the hot version was so amazing cause it was piping hot!

caramel milk custard… creamy, rich and so smooth! I love the little container it came in so much that I kept two of it!


Street eats @ Yufuin, Japan