Yufuin

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Crossing Kyushu half a year after the Kumamoto Earthquake

Overnight Stay: From 19,000 yen per person including two mealsThe views of Mount Yufu from Musoens outdoor baths are considered among Yufuins best. The ryokan is located slightly above town to the south and has large, attractive baths that are gender separated. The ryokan grounds are quite attractive, as well.

Yufuin can be easily explored on foot, and the majority of the towns 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 is located on a flat river basin surrounded by mountains. The most prominent feature of Yufuins skyline is the twin peakedMount 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.

Crossing Kyushu half a year after the Kumamoto Earthquake

How to travel between Yufuin and Beppu

Daytime Hours: 10:00 to 15:30 (entry until 15:00)

Daytime Hours: 11:00 to 16:00 (entry until 15:00)

1)How to travel between Tokyo and Beppu

Train travel between Yufuin and Aso leads via Oita: take a train from Yufuin to Oita Station (one hour, 1-2 trains per hour) and then the Kyushu Odan Expresslimited express trainto Aso (about 2 hours, 4 trains per day). The entire one way trip takes around 3.5 hours and costs about 4000 yen. Alternatively, the journey bylocal trainstakes about 4.5 hours, costs 2810 yen and requires multiple transfers along the way. All the trains are fully covered by theJapan Rail Pass.

Overnight Stay: From 18,000 yen per person including two mealsTsuka no Ma (formerly known as Shoya no Yakata) is located on a hillside in the northern part of Yufuin where large steam clouds from hot spring sources can be seen raising into the air. The ryokan has large, gender separated outdoor baths with blueish-looking water, untypical for Yufuin. The location on the hillside allows for some views onto the town below.

Overnight Stay: From 17,000 yen per person including two mealsSaigakukan is located to the south of town, however its baths are not quite as large, open and attractive as those of the Baien and Musoen. Nonetheless, they are quite nice and offer some views of Mount Yufu. There are gender separated indoor and outdoor pools.

Overnight Stay: From 14,000 yen per person including two mealsLocated just a short walk from Yufuin Station, the Sansuikan offers some of the most easily accessible baths to tourists without private means of transportation. The largeryokans gender separated bathing facilities feature multiple outdoor and indoor pools, a scented bath and a sauna.

Yufuins baths are spread out all across the town, and many of them are difficult to access without private transportation.Bicyclesare 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.Taxiandrental carare other options for getting around. Nissan and Ekiren have rental car outlets in Yufuin, while many more outlets are found in nearbyBeppu.

Yufuin ([email protected] as onsen resort, [email protected] as city district) is a popularhot springresort, located about ten kilometers inland fromBeppu, 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.

To/From BeppuTo/From FukuokaTo/From KumamotoTo/From AsoTo/From Tokyo

The Kyushu Odan Bus by Kyusanko travels fromYufuintoAsoStation before continuing toKumamoto. The one way journey between Yufuin and Aso takes about 2.5 hours, cost 2370 yen and is covered by theSun Q PassClick herefor timetables and online reservations.

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Train travel betweenBeppuandYufuinrequires a transfer of trains at Oita Station. By local trains, the one way journey takes about 80 minutes, costs 1110 yen and is fully covered by theJapan Rail PassandKyushu Rail Pass.

A directhighway busruns about once per hour betweenFukuoka(Hakata Station, Tenjin Bus Center and Fukuoka Airport) andYufuin(Yufuin Station). The one way trip takes two hours and costs 2880 yen. A round trip ticket is available for 5140 yen. The bus is covered by theSun Q Pass.

Kamenoi Bus operates 1-2busesper hour betweenBeppuandYufuinStations. The one way trip takes 50 minutes and costs 900 yen.

The Kyushu Odan Bus operates betweenBeppuandKumamoto, stopping atYufuinalong the way. The one way journey between Beppu and Yufuin takes one hour, costs 980 yen and is covered by theSun Q PassClick herefor timetables and online reservations.

Overnight Stay: From 19,000 yen per person including two mealsBaien is located slightly above the town to the south, and has large, attractive outdoor baths (rotemburo) for visitors. On clear days, the twin peaks of Mount Yufu are visible from the baths. The facilities are gender separated.

Travel betweenTokyoandYufuinis best done viaBeppu:

The Kyusanko Kyushu Odan Bus connectsKumamoto(Kumamoto Station, Kumamoto Kotsu Center and Kumamoto Airport) withYufuin(Yufuin Bus Center). The one way trip between Kumamoto and Yufuin Stations takes 4-5 hours, cost 3550 yen and is covered by theSun Q PassClick herefor timetables and online reservations.

Train travel betweenBeppuandYufuinrequires a transfer of trains at Oita Station. By local trains, the one way journey takes about 80 minutes, costs 1110 yen and is fully covered by theJapan Rail PassandKyushu Rail Pass.

Daytime Hours: 11:00 to 16:00 (entry until 15:00)

Another natural landmark of Yufuin besides Mount Yufu isLake Kinrinko. The small lake is located at the end of the towns 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 smallshrinelocated at the lakes southern end. There are also a fewpublic bath houses, one of which, theShitanyu, can be used by tourists, while the others are for use by local residents only.

Kamenoi Bus operates 1-2busesper hour betweenBeppuandYufuinStations. The one way trip takes 50 minutes and costs 900 yen.

There are about five daily JRlimited expresstrains between Fukuoka (Hakata Station) and Yufuin. The one way trip takes around 2.5 hours, costs about 4500 yen and is fully covered by theJapan Rail PassandKyushu Rail Pass. Discounted sets of two tickets (2, nimaikippu) to be used by one or two persons in either direction are available for 8020 yen.

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Theryokanand hotels of Yufuin are spread out around town, and not clustered along the main street like in many otherresort 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 withhot springbaths, some of which open their baths to non-staying guests during daytime.

Official website of the Yufuin Hot Spring Tourism Association.

Train travel betweenKumamotoandYufuinis fastest via Kurume. Take theKyushu Shinkansenfrom Kumamoto to Kurume Station and change to thelimited expressfor Yufuin. The one way journey takes around two hours, costs about 6500 yen and is fully covered by theJapan Rail Passand both versions of theKyushu Rail Pass.

The Kyushu Odan Bus operates betweenBeppuandKumamoto, stopping atYufuinalong the way. The one way journey between Beppu and Yufuin takes one hour, costs 980 yen and is covered by theSun Q PassClick herefor timetables and online reservations.

Below is a list of some of Yufuins best baths:

Official website of the operator of the Kyushu Odan Bus.

Reservation service for ryokan and other Japanese style inns in Yufuin.

Admission: 200 yenThe Shitanyu is a very simple, old-fashionedpublic bath houseat the shore of Lake Kinrinko with two small pools. It is gender mixed without dedicated changing rooms and very limited facilities. The bath house opens towards the back, giving bathers a view onto some greenery.