Yufuin (由布院 as onsen resort, 湯布院 as city district) is a popular hot spring resort, located about ten kilometers inland from Beppu, another, much larger and more developed hot spring resort. Yufuin has a wealth of art museums, cafes and boutiques, and many travelers come to the city just to stroll about town for the day.
Yufuin is located on a flat river basin surrounded by mountains. The most prominent feature of Yufuin's skyline is the twin peaked Mount Yufu, which hovers over the town and serves as the backdrop for many scenic views. The area is rural and shortly after leaving the main walking route, travelers will come across the rice paddies and farm houses that make up a considerable part of the town.
The ryokan and hotels of Yufuin are spread out around town, and not clustered along the main street like in many other resort towns. Instead, the main street is lined with cafes, boutiques and small museums, giving Yufuin an atmosphere more like a trendy shopping area than a traditional onsen town. Nonetheless, there is a large number of lodgings with hot spring baths, some of which open their baths to non-staying guests during daytime.
Another natural landmark of Yufuin besides Mount Yufu is Lake Kinrinko. The small lake is located at the end of the town's main walking route, about a kilometer and a half from the station. Walking paths surround the lake as well as more small shops and cafes, and there is a small shrine located at the lake's southern end. There are also a few public bath houses, one of which, the Shitanyu, can be used by tourists, while the others are for use by local residents only.
Below is a list of some of Yufuin's best baths:
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How to travel between Yufuin and Beppu
Train travel between Beppu and Yufuin requires a transfer of trains at Oita Station. By local trains, the one way journey takes about 80 minutes, costs 1130 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and Kyushu Rail Pass.
By Kyusanko Kyushu Odan Bus
The Kyushu Odan Bus operates between Beppu and Kumamoto, stopping at Yufuin along the way. The one way journey between Beppu and Yufuin takes one hour, costs 1000 yen and is covered by the Sun Q Pass. Click here for timetables and online reservations.
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Yufuin can be easily explored on foot, and the majority of the town's attractions are located along the 1.5 kilometer long main walking route between Yufuin Station and Lake Kinrinko. Walking the entire route takes between 20 and 30 minutes, not counting any stops along the way.
Yufuin's baths are spread out all across the town, and many of them are difficult to access without private transportation. Bicycles are a convenient method for traveling to the more remote baths or for seeing the town quickly. Rental bicycles can be obtained at Yufuin Station for 250 yen per hour or 1250 yen per day. Taxi and rental car are other options for getting around. Nissan and Ekiren have rental car outlets in Yufuin, while many more outlets are found in nearby Beppu.
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Ryoso Yufuin YamadayaSet in Yufu, within less than 1 km of Yufuin Motorcycle Museum and 43 km of Oita Bank Dome, Ryoso Yufuin Yamadaya offers accommodation with a garden and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 4-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. Beppu Station is 23 km from the ryokan and Oita Station is 35 km away. The ryokan provides certain units with mountain views, and all rooms come with a private bathroom. Guests at Ryoso Yufuin Yamadaya can enjoy an Asian breakfast. The accommodation offers 4-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Popular points of interest near Ryoso Yufuin Yamadaya include Kinrinko Lake, Norman Rockwell Yufuin Museum and Yufuin Stained Glas Museum. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 52 km from the ryokan.View on Booking.com
Yufuin Bettei ItsukiYufuin Bettei Itsuki features a hot spring bath, free Wi-Fi and luxurious contemporary rooms with a balcony, a private hot spring bath and a Japanese-style seating area. Air-conditioned rooms come with a living room with a wooden floor, a sofa and a wall-mounted flat-screen TV. A minibar, toiletries and yukata robes are provided, while the en suite bathroom offers a bathtub, a shower and a toilet. Itsuki Yufuin Bettei offers luggage storage and room service, while facilities include a souvenir shop and free parking. An American breakfast is served at Dining Towakura, which offers a Japanese dinner in the evening. Guests can request to upgrade their dinner to Bungo beef steak course dinner at an additional charge (advance reservation needed). Also, guests staying for two nights or more will be offered a different dinner everyday. The property is a 5-minute drive from Yufuin Station, and a 10-minute walk from Kinrin Lake.View on Booking.com
Yawaragi-no-Sato YadoyaYawaragi-no-Sato Yadoya features 6 hot spring baths, a Japanese restaurant and universal design, only a 2-minute walk from the picturesque Yu-no-Tsubo Kaido (Yu-no-Tsubo Road). If offers Japanese-style and Western rooms, a library and free Wi-Fi at the lobby. Guests at Yadoya Yawaragi-no-Sato can unwind in outdoor and indoor public hot spring baths, or enjoy a private hot spring at extra charge. The hotel has a souvenir shop and free parking. Comfortable rooms feature an interior in neutral colours, and they’re fitted with air conditioning, a TV and a fridge. All rooms have an attached bathroom with free toiletries. The hotel’s restaurant serves a Japanese breakfast and Japanese dinners featuring the local speciality Bungo beef. Yawaragi-no-Sato Yadoya is a 7-minute walk from Kinrin Lake, and a 15-minute walk from JR Yufuin Train Station.View on Booking.com
Yufuin Onsen Hinoharu RyokanOffering public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths, Yufuin Onsen Hinoharu Ryokan features Japanese-style accommodations with a flat-screen satellite TV and Yukata robes. Guests can request for relaxing massages and free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. Prepared with fresh sashimi, wagyu beef and local vegetables, traditional Japanese multi-course meals are served for dinner at the dining room. For breakfast, a Japanese set menu is offered at the dining room. The air-conditioned rooms feature garden views, tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a safety deposit box, a fridge and an electric kettle. Some rooms have a private hot-spring bath, while for some bathrooms are shared. Guests at the ryokan are welcomed with green tea and Japanese sweets. They can relax at the large public hot spring baths or take a dip in a cosy privately-reserved bath for free. A free-use internet computer and photocopying services are available as well. Hinoharu Ryokan Yufuin Onsen is a 10-minute walk from Lake Kinrin. JR Yufuin Train Station is a 15-minute walk away. Oita Airport is a 60-minute drive from the property and Fukuoka Airport a 90-minute drive away.View on Booking.com
BaienLocated in Yufu, within 1.2 km of Yufuin Motorcycle Museum and 41 km of Oita Bank Dome, Baien provides accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Each accommodation at the 4-star ryokan has mountain views, and guests can enjoy access to a hot spring bath. The property is non-smoking and is set 1.1 km from Kinrinko Lake. Each room has air conditioning and a flat-screen TV, and certain rooms at the ryokan have a patio. At Baien each room includes bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near Baien include Yufuin Stained Glas Museum, Unaki Hime Shrine and Bussanji Temple. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 53 km from the ryokan.View on Booking.com
Yufudake Ichibo no Yado KiraraLocated in Yufu, 1.8 km from Yufuin Motorcycle Museum, Yufudake Ichibo no Yado Kirara provides accommodation with a terrace, free private parking and a restaurant. With free WiFi, this 3-star ryokan offers room service. The property is allergy-free and is situated 42 km from Oita Bank Dome. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Yufudake Ichibo no Yado Kirara each room is equipped with bed linen and towels. ? la carte and Asian breakfast options are available daily at the accommodation. Yufudake Ichibo no Yado Kirara offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Popular points of interest near the ryokan include Kinrinko Lake, Unaki Hime Shrine and Ogosha Shrine. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 54 km from Yufudake Ichibo no Yado Kirara.View on Booking.com
Kotonone Mai SuzuSet in Yufu in the Oita region, with Yufuin Motorcycle Museum and Kinrinko Lake nearby, Kotonone Mai Suzu offers accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking, as well as access to a hot spring bath. The accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, shower and a hairdryer, while the kitchen features a fridge and a microwave. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. Guests can also relax in the garden. Popular points of interest near the holiday home include Bussanji Temple, Yufuin Chagall Museum and Yufuin Retro Motor Museum. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 52 km from Kotonone Mai Suzu.View on Booking.com
Yufuin Onsen TsukanomaFeaturing 3-star accommodation, Yufuin Onsen Tsukanoma is situated in Yufu, 1.5 km from Yufuin Motorcycle Museum and 43 km from Oita Bank Dome. Each accommodation at the 3-star ryokan has mountain views and free WiFi. Beppu Station is 24 km from the ryokan and Oita Station is 36 km away. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a wardrobe. At the ryokan rooms have bed linen and towels. Yufuin Onsen Tsukanoma offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kinrinko Lake, Artegio and Yufuin Showakan. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 50 km from Yufuin Onsen Tsukanoma.View on Booking.com
Yufuin HoteiyaSurrounded by lush nature in the Yufuin hot spring area, Hoteiya is a 5-minute free shuttle ride from JR Yufuin Station. It boasts various hot spring baths, both indoor and outdoor, for guests to unwind in. Free Wi-Fi is offered in the lobby area, which welcomes guests with a historic charm and a traditional Japanese hearth. Yufuin Hoteiya provides traditional Japanese-style rooms in the main building or individual Japanese-style annex houses that offer spacious rooms and private hot spring baths. In-room facilities include a flat-screen TV and a fridge. The property’s public bathing area features large hot spring baths and a cosy rock bath that can be reserved for private use. After the baths, guests can sit down in the Rokkaku-do cottage to relax and sip tea. The property is a 5-minute drive from Lake Kinrin and Marc Chagall Museum. All Japanese meals are delicately prepared with local ingredients, and served at the restaurant. On-site Yoppi-tei offers nightly drinks and snacks.View on Booking.com
Yufu InnIn the Yufuin Onsen district of Yufu, close to Kinrinko Lake, Yufu Inn features a garden and a washing machine. The air-conditioned accommodation is less than 1 km from Yufuin Motorcycle Museum, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. The holiday home with a terrace and mountain views has 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a fridge and a microwave, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Popular points of interest near the holiday home include Artegio, Yufuin Showakan and Yufuin Chagall Museum. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 51 km from Yufu Inn.View on Booking.com