Shopping and Eating in Kurokawa #10: Kisho Tofu restaurant

Conveniently located just across the road from the Visitor Center,Kisho Tofu Restaurant    (とうふ吉祥) is open most days from 10:00 to 17:00 and a great choice for lunch if you like tofu,tofu and even more tofu! Even the desserts are made from tofu or soya milk.



Is it a restaurant? Is it open?


Hooray…it`s open today!














I`m glad to see these new ,clear signs around Kurokawa at all the shops,restaurants and cafés. Even though I can read some Japanese,I must admit that it`s not always clear to me whether a certain shop is open for business on  that day or not,so it must be very difficult sometimes for the overseas visitor who can`t read any Japanese. Kisho Tofu restaurant is subtly lit and set back a little from the road,and  years ago when I walked around Kurokawa with a friend from the UK, we mistook it for a private old style Japanese  house! (Which it was originally until it was remodelled inside as a restaurant ).



Large tatami room,Japanese style seating.


Popular items served here are the Tofu `sets` starting from ¥1600,perhaps a little over your usual lunchtime budget, but made with fresh, high-quality tofu and soya beans. An easy-to-read English menu with photos and prices is provided,which along with the multilingual  `point and ask`  laminated vocabulary card makes dining here quite straightforward even though the staff didn`t seem to speak any English. Credit cards are accepted.



Helpful menu with photos


A game of Noughts and Crosses anyone?










Open 10:00 to 17:00 (but closed Tuesdays and Fridays)

English menu

Credit cards accepted




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Teacher at フレンズ英会話 "Friends"English Conversation School
Resident in Kyushu for over 20 years and fortunate to be living in this beautiful corner of Aso close to a number of onsens including Kurokawa, which I love to visit with friends or my guests from overseas. Keeping this semi-official blog in English for the Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan Association now gives me the perfect excuse...I just HAVE to try all the (public outdoor) baths I possibly can!

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