While in Yufuin, we stopped by Kamenoi Bessou (亀の井別荘) a ryokan (inn) that included hot springs, a wonderful souvenir shop, and a restaurant space upstairs that was a cafe during the day and a bar after 7pm, called Tenjosajiki Cafe and transforming into Yamaneko (山猫) at night.
|The ume pound cake|
And stepping outside to take in the greenery surrounding this ryokan was magical: the mists swirled around lush greenery, cherry blossoms, and leafy trees. For a Southern California resident used to nothing but drought, it was truly like being transported to a magical forest.
|My relatives relaxing at our table|
The restaurant space was very cozy, with the tables set up so that diners could eat while enjoying the view from the windows.
Our table was bathed in light from the windows, surrounded by vintage records on the walls, and featured cozy chairs to relax in. I'm pretty sure I could read a book, drink coffee or tea, and hang out in that cafe for days.
|The coffee and citron pound cake were delicious!|
My brother and I shared the citron pound cake as well as the plum pound cake with cups of their house blend coffee.
|The Mon Yufu|
I would totally honeymoon exclusively at Kamenoi Bessou and spend every day at Tenjosajiki, cup in one hand, book in another, a fork and plate not far away. I might come back 10lbs heavier however.
Tenjosajiki Cafe (天井桟敷)
2633-1 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita Prefecture 879-5102