Yufuin 湯布院

  • Published on : 25/09/2020
  • by : Japan Experience

Yufuin is a small town of around 36,000 people nestled in the picturesque valley below Mount Yufu-dake near Beppu on the southern island of Kyushu.

Kinrinko Lake is a noted beauty spot with a number of onsen, restaurants and cafes on its shores including the Kamenoi Besso ryokan - a classic ryokan from the 1930s and considered one of the of the best and most expensive in Japan, complete with an excellent restaurant and a store selling Western-style meat and dairy products from the farms up on the Kuju Highlands. Shitan-yu is an old, mixed bathing, open-air, hot spring public bath located by the side of the lake. The building is thatched with the onsen pool being half-covered by a roof and half-open to the elements.

Ariel shot overlooking Yufuin

Ariel shot of Yufuin

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Steam rising from an outdoor onsen in Yufin

Onsen in Yufuin