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My Tummy's diary: Kyushu Japan Roadtrip Day 1

Lunch - いまきん食堂

I have found this from tabelog website again. It's in a village north of Aso - on the way to Daikanbo.

They don't have a very long menu but most people go for their signature dish - wagyu beef don with hot spring egg. It tasted divine!!!

It has a very long queue! Thankfully we arrived not long it opened so it was just a 15min wait. You can just drop down your name with the waitress when you arrive and you can walk around the little village in the
mean time. There are a few nice little shops nearby.


It was soooooo goooood.

Around the neighbourhood - not much going on really :p

We then drove up to Daikanbo 大観峰

There is food WHEREVER you go.

There's a canteen and a souvenir/food shop. After some Aso milk icecream, we had these char-grilled horse meat and wagyu beef skewer!

Biker with 4 puppies on the go :p

On the way back to Aso

菓心 なかむら - This patisserie has been highly recommended by the owner of the guest house we stayed while we were at Aso.

We drove back 3 times just to maximize the amount of cream puff we could have during our stay!!!!
Their cream puff is soooo gooooooood.
Also, I'm a big fan of mochi and they have mochi in various form there!!!
- Mochi inside a puff
- Mochi sandwich between 2 madeleines
- Mochi chocolate fondant
There might be more but that's all we have tried
(Yes, we have tried lots of their products lol)

Their creme caramel and sugar cake donut is very nice toooooo


The cream puff on the rig

That's the mochi sandwich

No picture of the cream puff unfortunately... we normally eat it straight away :p

Wish I could bring them all home but they can't be kept for long :(

We then drove up to the top to see the main crater

You can see a small one here


Mt. Aso is one of the most famous active volcanoes in Japan. You can either take the ropeway or drive up.
I think it costed us around 600 yen per car to drive up while it costs 1200 yen return for the ropeway.

Being an active volcano, the crater area is often partially and sometimes completely closed off to visitors due to poisonous volcanic gases or the risk of volcanic activity.

You can check if it's opened here:

We were extremely lucky!!! It has been closed for several months but it has been been reopened 2 weeks before our trip and when we got up there - it was closed temporarily due to the huge gas cloud coming out.
As we drove off, we heard some Japanese announcement and we saw the car in front of us u-turned.
So we thought we would go back to check and it's OPEN!!!! - not the ropeway, but you can drive up if you want - and we did!


It was magnificent!

It's not as pretty as the picture in the guidebook lol where it looks like a turquoise lake :p

(see the wiki page:


Dinner timeeeeee - いちの川

It's a family run kaiseiki restaurant - very hidden. We had such difficulty looking for it.

It was one of the best meal we had during our trip.

You can reserve a table online (I didn't get any confirmation email from them so I was a bit worried if the reservation really has gone through)

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