arrived yufuin 汤布院 bus station which is 20m from yufuin eki (train station) near noon time on 25.1.2015.
too early for check-in to Gettoan ryokan (after 3pm). as planned, we deposited our bags at the lockers & took a pleasant walk towards yunotsubo shopping street & lake kinrinko 金麟湖. weather was about 14degC, quite perfect!
we had earlier planned to have lunch at wasaku (or any nice eats we fancied along the walk). we found wasaku just short distance from yufuib eki, and had very nice bungo wagyu yakiniku lunch there. ^^
we past the 1/2 dried-up stream to yunotsubo kaido shopping street. the was just at the corner.
there was some nice architecture highlighted by other bloggers, and of course lots of shopping. wife was interested in the sake cups.^^
there was this flower village.
there was this bee honey stall which others talked about.
got a parfait. the soft cream here was really nice, just like the excellent dairy in hokkaido (something to do with very good quality milk). as a parfait though, it was kind of “not the real thing”!
lake kinrinko was beautiful, very serene.
we went back the next morning. the ryokan sent us right to the “doorstep”.^^
everything was so tranquil, so zen.^^
on the way back we stopped by snoopy chaya.
we spied this the first day, and this was perfect after the lamp sha steak lunch.
we had macha & the real thing – an excellent parfait, with green tea cakes, mochi, the brown dusted warabi mochi, caramelised chestnut, red beans, cornflakes etc etc. this excellent!
when we got back to ryokan, we were offered another macha at the lounge & served with nice coffee & mochi.