Backed by the twin peaks of Mount Yufu, the city of Yufu lies at the heart of Oita Prefecture and is renowned for its hot spring resort. Rice paddies and traditional farmhouses surround the resort area, with art museums, cafes and boutiques clustering along its main street.
Things to do in Yufu
Wander along the main street that leads to Yufuin Station and discover traditional cafes and one-of-a-kind boutiques that will transport you back to the Edo Period. Learn about the history of the onsen town in the small museum or opt for the 1.5-hour hike to the summit of Mount Yufu for magnificent views of the city.
No trip to Yufu is complete without rejuvenating in the hot spring baths, with both private ryokans and public bathhouses dotting the town. Bathe in the blue waters of Shoya no Yakata or soak up the incredible views of Mount Yufu from the outdoor baths at Musoen.
Spend an afternoon strolling along the shores of Lake Kinrinko, which lies at one end of the main street. Relax in the old-fashioned public bath house of Shitanyu that overlooks the lake or follow the picturesque walking trail that leads to a small shrine at its southern end.
If you’re interested in the works of Russian-French artist Marc Chagall, visit the barn-like Yufuin Chagall Museum. It boasts around 40 paintings in Chagall’s eclectic range of styles, together with beautiful views overlooking Kinrinko Lake.
Getting around Yufu
Yufu is located about an hour drive from Beppu or you can travel by train and transfer at Oita Station. The central area of Yufuin onsen can easily be explored on foot, while bicycles are a convenient means of accessing the surrounding baths.