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Yufu (由布市) [2] is a city in Oita Prefecture. The northwest section of the city contains the Yufuin district, which is famous as one of the best hot spring resorts in Japan. The total amount of hot spring water from Yufuin, the Tsukahara district to the north, and the Yunohira district to the southwest is said to be the 2nd largest in all of Japan. Yufuin welcomes more than three million visitors annually.


Yufuin is located in the center of Oita Prefecture, very close to Beppu. It can be visited as either a day trip from Beppu or en route to Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture. The double-peaked Yufu-dake (1584m) volcano overlooks Yufuin and takes about 90 minutes to climb.

Tourist information center[edit]

The Yufuin Hot Springs Tourist Information office (84-2446; 9 AM-7 PM) inside the train station has some information in English, including a detailed walking map.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Yufuin Station (由布院駅) is the main train station and it serves as a central point for starting off in Yufuin.

  • If coming from Fukuoka, the "Yufuin no Mori" or "Yufu" limited express takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes from Hakata. It also stops in Hita, from which point it takes about 1 hour. There are about six such trains per day.
  • If coming from Oita, the "Yufuin no Mori" or "Yufu" limited express takes about 1 hour from Beppu and 50 minutes from Oita. There are about four such trains per day. You can also take the local train, about 1 hour from Oita.

By car[edit]

Get off at the Oita Expressway Yufuin Interchange. In peak tourist seasons, the most direct route to Kinrinko Lake (Route 206) often experiences severe traffic. Due to this, it's advisable to detour to Minami Yufu and head toward the center of Yufuin instead. Specifically you'll want to get off the Interchange, take Route 210 towards Oita, and get on Route 11 in Minami Yufu.

Due to Yufuin's high elevation, you're required to use chains on the highways and mountain roads when there is snow.

By bus[edit]

Yufuin's major bus hub is the Yufuin Ekimae Bus Center.

  • If coming from Beppu: From Beppu Station's west exit, take the Kamenoi Bus "Yufuin" Liner. It takes approximately 1 hour. It also picks up from the Ferry Port (where ferries come in from Kansai) and takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • If coming from Fukuoka: Take the Kamenoi High Speed Bus "Yufuin". It's about 2 hours from Tenjin and 2 hours and 20 minutes from the Hakata Bus Terminal.
  • If coming from Kumamoto: Take Kyushu Sanko's Bus, the "Kujuu" Oudan Bus. It's about 4 hours from Kumamoto Station and about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Aso Station.

Get around[edit]

By train[edit]

These are the train stations in Yufu:

  • Yufuin (由布院駅) - Minami Yufu (南由布駅) - Yunohira (湯平駅) - Shounai (庄内駅) - Tenjinyama (天神山駅) - Onoya (小野屋駅) - Onigase (鬼瀬駅) - Mukainoharu (向之原駅)

By horse or rickshaw[edit]

Horse carriages (tsujibasha) leave Yufuin station every 30 minutes from 9AM to 4PM. The this tour takes about 50 minutes and costs ¥1500. Rickshaws (jinrikisha) also operate around Yufuin station and Lake Kinrinko.

On foot[edit]

Yufuin city boasts many beautiful rural landscapes, and there are many walking routes you can take through them. The Tourist Information Center publishes maps that you can refer to as you walk.

  • Yufumi Doori (由布見通り) - The name of the street that continues from Yufuin Station to Yufu-dake. You can see Yufu-dake from almost anywhere on this street.
  • Yunotsubo Kaidou (湯の坪街道) - The name of the street that goes from Yufumi Doori to Lake Kinrinko. There are many restaurants and souvenir shops, including a Ghibli store.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Lake Kinrinko (金鱗湖)
  • Norman Rockwell Yufuin Art Gallery (ノーマン・ロックウェル湯布院美術館)
  • Mount Yufudake
  • Oike (男池湧水群)
  • Tenso Shrine (天祖神社)
  • Yufuin Art Museum (由布院美術館)

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Yufuin Station Footbath (由布院駅の足湯)
  • Yufuin Onsen (由布院温泉)
  • Yunotsubo Onsen (ゆのつぼ温泉)
  • Yunohira Onsen (湯平温泉)
  • Shitanyu (下ん湯)

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Kinshou Kurokke (金賞コロッケ)
  • Rampusha (洋灯舎)
  • Tenjousajiki (天井棧敷)
  • Corbeille (コルベイユ)
  • Yu no Takean (湯の岳庵)

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Yufuin Country Road Youth Hostel - 由布市湯布院町川上441-29. Phone number (0977)84-3734. [3]
  • Kamenoi Bessou - 由布市湯布院町川上2633-1. Phone number (0977)84-3166. [4]
  • Pizzaria Kunugi no Oka, 879-5114 Yufu, Oita Prefecture Yufuincho Kawakita, [1]. Surprisingly authentic wood-fired pizza on a hill overlooking Yufuin.  edit


Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

Routes through Yufu
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