The bus was late so we skipped it for an impromptu hike and were rewarded with the most gorgeous views of the volcano and surrounding areas.
Later on, an afternoon detour to find a cute cafe, only to find it sadly closed for the day. We were hungry and randomly popped into a little restaurant near the train station. It turned out to be one of the few places licensed to serve the yummy Higo beef, from the cattle that graze on the plateau of Mt. Aso.
I think there really is such as thing as a blessing in disguise^^