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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trick 3D art Yufuin
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    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.

  • 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.
  • Yufuin Stained glass museum
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    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...

  • Yufugawa Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Yufu-shi Kasama-cho
    "A gorge on the Yufu River straddling Beppu City and Yufu City. It is also known as ""Yufu River Gorge."" The 12- kilometer-long gorge is known for the beauty of its moss covered rock and numerous waterfalls. A cave-in caused by torrential rains and typhoon winds occurred in 2017, and at the present time passage through the gorge is not possible, but visitors can walk around a suspension bridge spanning the gorge."
  • Oike Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Shounaichouasono
    A group of springs located in Asono, Shonai-cho, Yufu City. The area is situated at the foot of Mt. Kurodake in the Kuju Mountain Range. Bosting an abundant flow of high quality water, the springs have been used for irrigation and daily life purposes by local residents since ancient times. Even today, many people come here to collect water. The springs have also been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 most famous springs.
  • Yunotsubo-Kaido Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
    A road located in Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. Serving as Yufuin’s “Main Street,” the road extends away from Yufuin Station towards Mt. Yufu and is lined with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops selling local specialty products.
  • Iwashita Collection
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    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita 645-6
    A museum situated along Prefectural Route 216 in Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. The museum displays a diverse collection of vehicles and other items gathered by the owner over a 30-year span. 200 rare vintage motorcycles from Japan and around the world are displayed in the World Motorcycle History Hall. Visitors will find toys, posters, and other pop culture items dating to Japan’s bygone Showa period (1926-1989) in the Showa Retro Hall. Antiques from Europe and North America are on display in the Stained Glass and Antiques corner.

    For us motorbikers this was a very interesting collection which, apart from the huge assortment of things from the 20th century, had some excellent motorcycles. The collection included two beautiful...

  • Yufuin Station Art Hall
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    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita 8-2 JR Yufuin Station premises
    A gallery located inside Yufuin Station in Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. Making use of a hall also used as a waiting area inside the Arata Isozaki-designed building, the gallery exhibits paintings, photos, crafts, and other works of art. The station building also has a footbath area.

    Many people sitting there waiting for train at mid-day, and luggages are allowed to leave there, not like a Art Hall at all.

  • Roadside Station Yufuin
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    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita 899-76
    A roadside station situated along National Route 210 in Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. Facilities include a shop selling local agricultural and specialty products like yuzu citrus pepper, a condiment said to have been invented in Oita; and a takeout corner which sells soft serve ice cream, toriten chicken tempura, and Yufu Koro croquettes which were developed in conjunction with Yufu High School. The station’s restaurant serves rice bowls topped with Japanese beef and soba noodles made with Yufuin buckwheat and hot spring water.

    This attraction is convenient for cars travel along the highways and make short stopover for refreshments, food and souvenirs. Quite popular in view of prices of merchandizes sold here.

  • Kirishima Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoutsukahara
    A Shinto shrine located in Tsukawara Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. Known for its renowned spring welling up on the grounds, many people come here to collect its waters. During the shrine’s traditional Amazake Festival in December, men work as servers, resulting in the event also being known as the Kakaa denka (a family whose wife holds a stronger position than her husband) Festival.
  • Sagiridai Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Yufu-shi Yufuincho Kawakami 1964-14
    A 15-minute drive from the Yufuin Interchange on the Oita Expressway. This observatory is located at the foot of Mt. Yufu and offers a sweeping view of the Yufuin Basin from 680 meters above sea level. Situated between Yufuin and Beppu along the Yamanami Highway (Prefectural Route 11), known as one of the most scenic driving destinations in Kyushu, the observatory has a shop and toilets and thus is also a popular rest stop. Boasting fabulous seasonal views, the observatory’s name literally translates to “mist stand,” and as this implies, mists gather in the valley below, particularly early in the morning in winter, and during this time visitors can take in the magical sight of the fog-enshrouded basin.
  • Nissan Rent-A-Car Yufuin
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Yufu-shi Yufuincho Kawakami 2898-3
  • Sta. Rent-A-Car Yufuin Sta.
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Yufu-shi Yufuincho Kawakami
  • kasekihakkutu sakamotokogyosho
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Shounaichounaonouchiyama 338
  • Jinrikishaebisuyayufuin
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 3731-1
  • SUNCloud.photo service
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Yufu-shi Yufuincho Kawakami 2846-2

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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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