Updated: April 17, 2018
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How About A Relaxing Stroll In A Traditional Japanese Town In The Yufuin Onsen Resort in Kyushu?

Yufuin Onsen is a beautiful onsen resort in Kyushu that has a lot of nice cafes, boutiques and art museums. So it's a nice area to take a stroll in after relaxing in the onsen. You'll be so happy that you visited!

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Yufuin Onsen 湯布院温泉

Yufuin is both the name of a city and of an onsen resort. Yufuin is known for its cafes, stores and art museums. It's a beautiful area to take a walk around in for the day.

Yufuin is a gorgeous area surrounded by mountains. The view is particularly beautiful because of Mount Yufu's twin peaks.

Also, there is a beautiful lake beside Mount Yufu called Lake Kirinko. You can walk there from the station, and you will find a shrine and some public baths.

Yufuin is located close to a much larger and busier onsen area called Beppu. So if you're looking for a beautiful onsen resort area that is slightly less touristic, you should try Yufuin!

Ticket fee

There are many hot spring locations in the area that allow you to go in for the day, even if you are not an overnight guest.
The daytime admission fee varies from 500-800 yen.

There is even a very old bathhouse that is gender mixed and doesn't have a separated changing area. If you're game to give it a try, it's only 200 yen!

How to get there

The best way to get to Yufuin from Tokyo is to arrive at Beppu first. The easiest way to get to Kyushu is by airplane, there are many flights from Tokyo to Oita Airport (close to Beppu). The total flight is 90 minutes.
Whereas by train, it would take up to 6 hours. Although it is a long trip, you would get to see a lot of Japanese scenery.

From Beppu, you can take a bus which will take you from Beppu to Yufuin, or a train from the same stations. The trip by bus is quicker and cheaper, however, the train trip is covered by the JR rail pass if you purchased it.

Where to stay

Ryokan Fukinoya

The hotel is a traditional Japanese ryokan and you'll be enchanted by the beauty of the premises.
A room for 2 people is 16,500 yen (per person). You can be up to 4 people in the room, and it is then 14,300 yen per person.
They have a large variety of different baths, indoor and outdoor and you'll feel relaxed once you're in that you'll forget you're not used to onsen culture.

It is 1,080 yen to get for an adult (for 60 minutes).

Ryokan Tsuenosho

Tsuenosho Ryokan is a beautiful traditional hotel in a beautiful and quiet location. And what is more, the food is delicious!
There is an outdoor and indoor bath for you to relax in.

Hotel Poppoan

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This ryokan is quite small, but it is warm and welcoming. The view from the room was soothing and beautiful. You even get a private onsen if you would like to experience onsen, but feel uncomfortable being naked around strangers. It's a little further out compared to the other hotels/ryokan, but you are surrounded by a green field and it is oh so relaxing!
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The beautiful baths are only accessible for those staying overnight. There are also private baths in some rooms.

Finally...

We hope you enjoyed this article and that you have a wonderful trip to Yufuin!
Check our site regularly for other recommendations.
Lili Wanderlust
I love traveling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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