If you were heading to Beppu, we would recommend that you joined the queue in front of Tomonaga Panya. This charming bakery has been in business since 1916. You will assist to a parade of large old wooden boxes full of fluffy oven-fresh bread being carried back and forth. Fill your nostrils with the sweet smell of vanilla, chocolate and citrus while you wait. Make sure you try the buns with different fillings: chocolate, cream or raisin. They are soft delicious masterpieces. Order plenty of them, or you might have to get back in the queue for more.
2-31 Chiyomachi, Beppu-shi, Ōita-ken 874-0942, Japan
Words Laura Taccari
Photos Luca De Santis
Translation Raffaella De Tommasi