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  • Lake Kinrin
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
    This unusual lake is fed by both hot and cold springs welling up under the lake bottom, resulting in warm waters year round. In winter, steam wafts off of the lake’s surface, creating a fairy tale-like sight. It is said that early Meiji period Confucian scholar Mori Kuso gave the lake its name, Kinrin-ko (“Gold Scale Lake”) after he saw the scales of a fish glittering like gold in the lake’s waters against the light of the setting sun.
  • Shitanyu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1585
    A small cooperative hot spring facility with a thatched roof located on the shores of Lake Kinrin in the Yufuin area. The facility has both an indoor bath and semi-open air bath; the indoor bath is particularly hot. The baths are constantly replenished from a natural hot spring source and are equipped with taps for adding cooler water to adjust the temperature. The bathhouse’s facilities are mixed-sex, including even the changing rooms; the water is also clear and colorless, demanding quite a bit of courage from women bathers. A 20-minute walk from JR Yufuin Station.
  • Shonai General Exercise Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Shounaichouotatsu 1400
    This park with an array of sports facilities is located about five minutes by car from JR Tenjinyama Station. The expansive grounds feature a playscape, baseball field, tennis courts, and a multi-use area for gateball, golf, track and field events, and more. The baseball field and tennis courts are equipped for night use. There is also a Kagura Hall used for these ancient Shinto music and dance performances. From May to October Shonai's kagura troops perform once a month on a rotating basis, and on November third and fourth they hold the Shonai Festival featuring an assortment of local kagura groups.
  • Sansou Murata
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1264-2
    This lodging facility in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture has select shops, restaurants and bars. It has the concept of doing all they can to satisfy customers and to value all encounters. The guest rooms are also distinctive and many are in renovated kominka (old houses) from the Meiji period (1868-1912) and Showa period (1926-1989). The facility offers a select menu of dishes with the most delicious seasonal ingredients. Its appeal is the ability to spend time surrounded by nature in the remote Yufuin basin. In addition, there is also good access to nearby tourist attractions and leisure facilities.
  • Mt. Yufu
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
    This volcano is located on the western side of Mt. Tsurumi. Made up of Higashi-mine and the 1,583 meter-high Nishi-mine, it is called Echigo Fuji because of its conical shape. The mountain climbing road has the most climbers, there are three parking lots (central, west and east trailheads), and it is possible to go around the edge of the crater near the summit on the Ohachi Meguri route. In addition, chosen as one of Japan's new 100 famous mountains, you can also see Mt. Hiko on the border of Oita and Fukuoka prefectures and Mt. Unzen in Nagasaki when there is good weather.
  • Confectionery Hana Koji Kikuya
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Shopping
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1524-1 Yodo no Yoritomo
    Located a 15-minute walk from JR Yufuin Station close to the entrance of Yasuragi Yu no Tsubo Yokocho alley, this confectionary shop offers a variety of famed Oita sweets perfect for buying as souvenirs. Confectionery Hana Koji Kikuya’s own “yufuin sosaku-gashi” is particularly well renowned, and the shop’s pudding dorayaki—pudding sandwiched between two soft dorayaki cakes—is so popular, it has even been featured on television. Hana Koji Kikuya’s selections also make popular snacks for eating on the go. “The Mitsuemon, “sold only when sweet potatoes are in season in fall and winter, has fans nationwide.

    由布院のメイン通り、中心部にあります。 通りがかって、豊後牛すきまんが目について買ってしまいました。 300円でした。 まぁ、肉まんです。 店内には土産物もたくさんあります。

  • Saigoku-Souvenir Shop Kagiya
    Shopping
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 2633-1
    A souvenir shop operated by the Kamenoi Besso high class inn in Yufuin, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture which sells signature foods and locally-made crafts. The shop’s jams, lovingly made with seasonal fruit primarily from Oita Prefecture, are popular for how the flavor and fragrances of the ingredients come through in the finished product. The winter only “yuzu-neri” jam is so popular it disappears from the shelves very fast but makes an excellent gift if you can get your hands on it. The interior of the shop, located inside a late Edo period merchant’s house, is charming and subdued.
  • Hanayori
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Shopping
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1488-1
    A Japanese confection shop located in Yufuincho, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture located a one-minute walk from Lake Kinrin. This elegant shop, surrounded by trees, is filled with sweets masterfully crafted with the choicest of ingredients, such as only the smallest of renowned Hokkaido adzuki beans. The shop’s most popular item is its fresh yokan (sweet bean jelly), which is not overly sweet and leaves a clean aftertaste. The rich egg and honey flavor of Hanayori’s dorayaki (sponge cakes with filling) is perfectly matched by the sweetness of its coarse red bean paste filling; they also make a popular snack to enjoy while strolling about Yufuin.

    湯布院に久しぶりに来ました。両親へのお土産は何がよいかと考えていたら、やはり和菓子だと思ってこの店に行きました。「きんつば」にしました。美味しい「きんつば」を作っているところも見えます。購入して帰ろうとしたら、「生栗羊羹」の試食もあったので、見逃す手はないと考えて、爪楊枝に刺していただきました。甘さが押さえてあり、舌触りもよいものです。栗の大きなものが入っていて美味しいです。思わずこれも追加で購入...

  • Yufuin Forest of Fantasy Artegio
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yufuin Oniten, Oita Prefecture 1272-175 Kawakami
    An art museum located on the grounds of the Sanso Murata in Yufuincho Yufu City, Oita Prefecture. The museum collects and displays artworks relating to music and music flows constantly throughout its halls. The stylish, bright white interior design is a must-see. Visitors can freely read some 1,000 books on music and painting in the library on the first and second floors. There is also a chocolate shop and café in the museum where visitors can enjoy a beverage with some chocolate or a slice of cake.
  • Tan’s bar
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1264-2
    This bar is located in Sansou Murata, a Japanese high-class ryokan (hotel) in Yufuin-cho, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture. Its antique interior, in the design of a mid-Meiji period house is made complete by the retro atmosphere. A blanket of comforting music flows from the 1930’s theater speakers, creating a mature atmosphere. Patrons can relax here, while holding a cocktail or a matured sake. During the day, the bar operates as a café, also serving coffee and the bar’s specialty P Roll to guests who are not staying at the inn.
  • Nicol 's Bar/ Tea Room Nicol
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    4.5
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 2731 - 1 in Tamanou
    A café and bar located on the grounds of the Tamanoyu, a famous hotel in the Yufuincho, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture, past a small path dappled with the sunlight filtering through a grove of trees. The establishment’s apple pie, only available in limited quantities each day, is its most popular item. These near-perfect confections offer a delicate balance of apple sourness, sweet sauce, and crisp pie crust. The café also offers anpan bread and original cakes from famous shops. It’s the perfect place to take a break during a stroll. The bright terrace facing the garden gives diners the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the season. The autumn foliage is particularly gorgeous.

    Small quaint shop and has variety of donuts. Also has good coffee and nice music to sit for relaxation. We tried the chocolate donuts which is pretty good.

  • Café Tenjosajiki / Bar Yamaneko
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    4.5
    122 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 2633-1
    A coffee room located on the grounds of the Kamenoi Besso Hotel in the Yufuincho, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture. Kagiya, a knickknack shop, is located on the establishment’s second floor. The ceiling and other pieces of the building were constructed in the late Edo period and later moved here. Filled with antique furnishings, the café is relaxing and quiet. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the four seasons from the shop’s windows. The café’s popular Mon Yufu is a sweet modeled after the snow-covered Mt. Yufu. Flavored with cream cheese and fresh cream, it goes perfectly with a dark roasted coffee. At night, the establishment becomes a bar.

    Very relaxing setting with views of trees in fall colors. The breakfast set meal is delicious and the coffee is great!

  • Trick 3D art Yufuin
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 3001 - 8 Yufuinnaya 1/2 F
    A museum where visitors can enjoy the amazing and eye-deceiving world of trick 3D art, where flat pictures seem to leap out and different images appear depending on your position. The real fun comes from the exhibits which allow visitors to take pictures and become one with the artwork, such as rooms which use perspective to make a person look taller or shorter, and a flying carpet scene. Dogs which are carried at all times are also allowed in the museum. Closest station; JR Yufuin Station.

    My first visit to a trick art museum. It is rather small and cramp, although there are 2 levels. There weren't many people when we were there , so we could take our time to pose and take pictures.

  • B-speak
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    4.0
    455 Reviews
    Shopping
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 3040-2
    A roll cake specialty shop opened by Sanso Murata, a high-class ryokan (Japanese style hotel) in Yufuin Onsen in 1999, pioneering the roll cake trend in the nation. The shop’s lightly sweet cakes pay special attention to the balance between the cake and cream, ensuring a delicate flavor that is hard to get tired of. In addition to roll cakes, the shop offers galettes and florentins to customers dining in. A five-minute walk from JR Yufuin Station.

    There is an army of people from Korea and Hong Kong waiting to buy these cakes so you need to be lucky with your timing! This place feature highly in both Korean and HK travel guides, hence the...

  • Yufuin Tamanoyu Yufuin Ichi
    Shopping
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 2731 - 1 in Tamanou
    This souvenir shop is located inside Yufuin Tamanoyu, a hot spring hotel with a great natural setting. Visitors can buy souvenirs including Tamanoyu’s original food products, which are made with natural ingredients and without additives, as well as the works of local craft artists. You can even purchase the porcelain ware​ and sundries used at the hotel. The shop is about a15-minute walk from JR Yufuin Station.
  • Sanshoro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami Tanaka 2850-5
    A Japanese restaurant opened in 2013 by Yufuin Food Research Institute representative Ken’ichi Shin’ei. Here you can enjoy cuisine made with delicious Yufuin vegetables. Particularly popular are the Bungo beef, Kanmuri chicken, and mountain and ocean-themed “awase-bako” (boxed) meals which hide the local seafood dish known as “Ryukyu.” An eight-minute walk from JR Yufuin Station.
  • Yufuin Stained glass museum
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 2461-3
    Some 400 years ago, Yufuin is said to have been a paradise for Japan’s hidden Christians. The Yufuin Stained Glass Art Museum opened in 1996 in this town which has carried an air of the West since that time. The first truly dedicated stained glass art museum in Japan, the museum presents European stained glass by time period and region. The museum also offers visitors the chance to try stained glass-making for themselves. A 15-minute walk from Yufuin Station on the Kyudai Main Line.

    In order to appreciate the beauty and value of stained glasses, it is better to have basic knowledge and history about them. Though this church keeps a small collection of valuable stained glasses...

  • Yufu Mabushi Shin Ekimae Branch
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    4.0
    156 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita 5-32F
    A restaurant famous for its mabushi gohan, rice topped with meat. Shin offers mabushi gohan topped with Yufuin eel, Oita Bungo beef, and Toyo shamo chicken raised in Yufuin’s Shonai-cho neighborhood. Preparing its rice in proper earthenware pots, diners are encouraged to enjoy their first serving of lavishly topped mabushi gohan plain, the second with condiments of their choice, and the third chazuke-style with dashi. The shop’s hearty pickles, served as appetizers and palate-cleansers between courses, will make sure you go home satisfied. A one-minute walk from Yufuin Station on the Kyudai Main Line.

    Simple menu with basically 3 choices - beef (highly recommended), chicken and eel. Comes in a set with amazing side dishes and different sauces of which the preserved barley one and the spicy yuzu...

  • Yufuin
    Transportation
    Oita Pref
  • Yufuin Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Yufu-shi Yufuincho
    A tranquil hot spring area surrounded by abundant nature and fields located in the Yufuin Basin in the center of Oita Prefecture. With over 800 source springs, the area boasts one of the highest hot spring water production volumes in the country, and their smooth, velvety water, rich in moisturizing substances, are acclaimed for their skin beautifying properties. In addition, the waters of these simple springs are gentle and known for not being fatiguing even after a long soak, meaning that men and women of all ages can enjoy them safely. The area is also known for the arts and is dotted with art museums, galleries, and art cafes.

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A trip to Oita is tantamount to a long soak in the Beppu baths. The mountainous, coastal prefecture of Oita is renowned for having more onsen than any other prefecture in Japan, most of which lie in the city of Beppu on the west coast of Kyushu, recognizable by its pungent sulphuric aroma and the clouds of steam that puff up across the hillside. Away from the Beppu hot springs await mountains, waterfalls, and temples, so don't hesitate to explore Oita a little further.

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