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Close to Beppu, this rural hot spring town is as scenic as they come.

Just ten kilometers from its larger and more famous counterpart, Beppu, the onsen resort of Yufuin in Oita prefecture offers a fantastic selection of hot spring baths, trendy boutique cafes, and picture-perfect scenery. From resting your tired bones in one of the outdoor baths to taking in the gorgeous autumn foliage at Lake Kinrinko, this sleepy town – literally nestled in a mountainous valley – deserves at least a day trip, if not more, when travelling around Kyushu.

Lake Kinrinko is the main star of the scenic show, located about 1.5 kilometres away from Yufuin Station. There’s a small shrine located in the vicinity as well as many charming little shops where you can purchase meat and dairy farmed from Oita’s Kuju Highlands, a mountain range that draws visitors all year round with its show of seasonal flowers.

Famous Lake Kinrinko located in Yufuin, Kyushu, Japan.

Have lunch by Lake Kinrinko.

Yufuin is backed by Mt. Yufu, a volcano that stands 5,195 feet tall. Because of its double peak, it’s fondly known as the Mt. Fuji of Oita amongst the locals. To get the very best of the autumn colours, try climbing the mountain in November.

Film fanatics will definitely enjoy Yufuin in August when the Yufuin Film Festival is held. It’s Japan’s oldest film festival to date, going back to the 1970s.

For fans of Studio Ghibli, there’s a little bakery dedicated to Kiki’s Delivery Service located in Yufuin Floral Village. You can also purchase a range of items in the village ranging from perfumes to Hello Kitty memorabilia.

Yufuin, Japan - September 28, 2014: The main shopping street of Yufuin in Oita, Japan. Yufuin was a town located in Oita District, Oita Prefecture, Japan. Yufuin is now a district within the city of Yufu.

Shop for Studio Ghibli souvenirs or handmade gifts in Yufuin’s traditional stores.

The Kyushu Yufuin Mingei Mura, roughly translated as the Folk Craft Village, is a good place to stop if you’re interested in learning the basics of various arts and crafts such as tie-dying and making Japanese washi paper. You can learn to make pottery here as well.

Although the town of Yufuin is small and can be explored in a day, it’s worthwhile to spend the night at one of the ryokan and experience the authenticity of small-town, rural Japan.

Things To Know

Bike Rental

While Yufuin can be easily covered on foot, it may be more convenient to rent a bike near the station. Bike rentals are available for ¥250 per hour or ¥1250 per day.

How To Get There


Japan, 〒879-5114 Ōita-ken, Yufu-shi, Yufuinchō Kawakita 由布院駅

By train

From Beppu, you can take the train to Yufuin for about ¥1,110. The journey is also covered by the JR Pass. This trip takes around 80 minutes. There are also many limited express trains running from Hakata that you can take for ¥4500 yen, also covered by the JR Pass, and taking about 2.5 hours.

By bus

From Fukuoka, you can take a highway bus that will drop you off directly at Yufuin Station for ¥2880 yen. It takes around 2 hours.

Where To Stay

Etavia Yufuin Ekimae
  • 6-6 Yufuincho Kawakita, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5114 Japan
  • ¥8,330 - ¥89,250
  • 3.33/5 (25 reviews)
  • 0.0 km
  • 3641-2 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5102 Japan
  • ¥9,350 - ¥18,700
  • 4.67/5 (8 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Modern Japanese Hot Spring Inn Yufuin Lamp no Yado
  • 3639-1 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5102 Japan
  • ¥23,500 - ¥144,000
  • 3.63/5 (119 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
Pension Yufuin
  • 138-1 Yufuincho Kawaminami, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5103 Japan
  • ¥11,000 - ¥35,200
  • 4.8/5 (78 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
Yufuin Ryokan Nogiku
  • 2879-1 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5102 Japan
  • ¥18,000 - ¥18,000
  • 0.4 km

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