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Region
Kyushu
Island
Kyushu
Largest City
Oita
Population
1,221,128

Mount Yufu

Mount Yufu is an active volcano with twin peaks with accessible trails for beginners and experts alike.

By Elizabeth Sok

Located in the northeastern corner of Kyushu, Mount Yufu is an active volcano with twin peaks that reach a height of 1,583 meters. With accessible hikes to the top for all ages, this trek is a great climb for beginners and experts alike.

Hiking Trails

Mount Yufu

Photo by: PIXTA/ Akio Miki Make your way to the top.

There are three trails that you can use to make your way to the summit. The entrance to the Main Trailhead Trail is conveniently located near a parking lot and the Yufutozanguchi bus stop. This is the most popular trail and has several amenities, such as bathrooms. From here, you can make your way to the entrance to the National Forest filled with evergreens in about half an hour before moving on to the top over the next two hours. The West and East Trailheads are considerably more difficult and don’t feature rest areas. These routes should only be done with experienced hikers in accompaniment. As you near the top, you’ll be able to choose which peak to head for. The East Peak is easier and has a panoramic view, while the West Peak is harder with chains required to complete the ascent. The view from here is also spectacular.

In the summer, bring a hat as there is very little shade on the way up. Also, because the winds can whip up and die down quickly, it’s useful to bring a light jacket that you can remove or put on when needed. Insects come out as the temperatures climb, so cover those exposed arms and legs! Come winter, a hat covering your ears that fits firmly so it doesn’t blow off is recommended. Fleece and down coats will help to keep you warm, while the clothes underneath should be quick drying so your sweat doesn’t make you cold. Regardless of the season, you should always carry a first aid kit, drinking water, food and a change of clothes.

Seasonal Flora

Mount Yufu

Photo by: PIXTA/TY Bask in the seasonal blooms that line your way to the summit.

In April, the fields come alive after the chilly winter months with seas of pink primrose that paint the scenery. Head over to Matae in June, the slopes that bridge the eastern and western peaks, and find more rosy blooms, this time from the Kyushu azalea that have begun to flower. In the plains during September, hikers will be treated to the small purple ball flowers that characterize globe thistles. And, while flowers may not immediately come to mind when you think of winter, this mountain will convince you otherwise with its crystal-like hoarfrost.

Things To Know

HOURS AND FEES

The trails are always open except due to bad weather. Admission is free

How To Get There

Address

By bus

From JR Yufuin station, take a bus towards Mount Yufu and get off at Yufutozanguchi bus stop. 

By car

From the Oita Expressway, take the Yufuin IC and follow the signs for Mount Yufu. 

Where To Stay

Yufuin Country Road Youth Hostel
  • 441-29 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5102 Japan
  • ¥3,700 - ¥18,600
  • 4.5/5 (116 reviews)
  • 2.1 km
Yufuin Inakaso
  • 440-19 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5102 Japan
  • ¥9,800 - ¥37,200
  • 5/5 (23 reviews)
  • 2.2 km
Yufuin Mori no Hotel Shan-Jewel
  • 1350-1 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5102 Japan
  • ¥11,000 - ¥12,650
  • 4.8/5 (40 reviews)
  • 2.4 km
Yufuin Onsen Penshion Kinrinko Toyo no Kuni
  • 1561 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5102 Japan
  • ¥9,680 - ¥19,360
  • 4.86/5 (520 reviews)
  • 2.7 km
Yufuin Onsen Yufuin Besso Shikisai Hotel
  • 788-2 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5102 Japan
  • ¥14,535 - ¥33,380
  • 3.91/5 (248 reviews)
  • 2.7 km

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