I'll be spending 8 nights in Kyushu in late autumn, visiting the above locations.
My overnights are 2 nts Kumamoto, 2 nights Kurokawa Onsen, 2 nights Yufuin Onsen, 2 nights Hakata.
Dinner is included at my ryokan for both nights in Kurokawa (would have preferred just one night but the ryokan I really liked best does not offer a B&B plan) and for one night in Yufuin. The rest of our meals are open, including breakfast in both Kumamoto and Hakata.
The other places I've listed are the places we're planning to visit during the days, we'll have a rental car to get around more easily.
For Kumamoto, I have already decided on Sugano-Ya for the horse meat dishes there. That's one night.
A local friend recommended Ramen Tenho as her colleagues/ friends love it but hasn't been herself. I love ramen but not sure I know it well enough to need to seek out the very best places. I'd like to avoid queues too if possible. But still open to suggestions, thank you.
She also likes Jang Jang Go, a Chinese/Asian-fusion place. Given that Chinese influence is meant to be one of the differentiators of Japanese food in Kyushu over the rest of the country, I thought this might be interesting?
I would also like to try sweet potato specialities such as Ikinari dango or any other ones. Can anyone tell me the names of more specialities to look out for or anywhere good to search/ try them?
We're staying by Canal City, which I understand is near the Yatai stalls and the Ramen Stadium - can anyone advise if the latter is a good way of accessing good quality local style ramen?
Any tips on selecting a good yatai stall or is it more a case of grabbing a pair of seats where we find them?
I'd really like to go somewhere known for excellent tonkatsu during the week as I understand that Kyushu pork is superb in quality.
Searching on this board, I see mentions of Miyazaki chicken (which, if I am following properly, is simply chicken bred and raised in a particular area) and Mizutaki (Fukuoka-style chicken stew). Any feedback on trying these?
I can't find much for Beppu, Yufuin etc.
Thank you in advance for your help,