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What to Do in Yufuin

Yufuin is a district of Yufu City, a small town located at the base of the towering Mt. Yufu. It’s primarily known as an onsen town, but you’ll find that there’s a lot more to experience here. This area has retained a lot of its charm by not falling into the trap of ultra modernization. It’s not just a great destination because of the activities it offers, but also because it’s just a pleasant place to be.

  • Snacks around Town

    Snacks around Town

    Snacks around Town

    Yufuin has a lot of great cafes and snack shops that specialize in unique treats. For instance, the Snoopy Tea House sells a variety of Snoopy-themed treats and dishes. B-speak is another popular shop in the area, with lines of people waiting outside each morning to buy their freshly made roll cakes. Another popular snack shop is Yufuin Kinsho Croquettes, which offers delicious croquettes at affordable prices for a quick snack on the go.

  • Shitanyu Public Onsen

    Shitanyu Public Onsen

    Shitanyu Public Onsen

    At the edge of town, Shitanyu sits next to a lake at the base of the mountain. This onsen bath house is a great place to unwind. Half the bath area is located inside and it extends to the outside of the thatched roof building, so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery while relaxing in the warm spring waters for just 200 yen. Keep in mind that this is a mixed onsen, so men and women change and bathe together.

  • Shopping Streets

    Shopping Streets

    Shopping Streets

    There are a lot of souvenirs to be bought in Yufuin and a lot of places to buy them. Yorozuya is a covered shopping area that sells local handmade goods, like pottery and Japanese tea sets. There’s also the Kyushu Yufuin Mingei Mura, Yufuin’s traditional folk village. The folk village has demonstrations of traditional techniques, like glass blowing, pottery, and papermaking, and also allows guests to purchase items to take home with them.

  • Lake Kinrin and Tenso Shrine

    Lake Kinrin and Tenso Shrine

    Lake Kinrin and Tenso Shrine

    Located next to the Shitanyu public onsen, Lake Kinrin shares the same waters as the bath house. Its warm waters create a beautiful fog over the water on cold mornings, which adds to the atmosphere of the natural surroundings. Tenso Shrine also sits by the lake, with one of the traditional gates rising out of the lake itself. This small temple is sure to guarantee a great photo opportunity, so check it out if you’re in the area.

  • Chagall Museum

    Chagall Museum

    Chagall Museum

    The Chagall Museum also stands next to Lake Kinrin and is a great place to see the works of the Russian-born painter. This museum features dozens of Chagall’s works that you can see for just 600 yen. The second floor of the museum is where you can see the actual paintings, and the first floor has a nice cafe with coffee and desserts so you can relax after taking a walk around the exhibit.

  • Yufuin Burger

    Yufuin Burger

    Yufuin Burger

    If you’re feeling a bit hungry after a day of exploring the area, stop by Yufuin Burger for one of Yufuin’s best treats. They have a few different kinds of burgers, like egg and bacon, chicken burgers, and beef burgers, with different toppings and sauces. Not only can you choose from a variety of styles but you can also choose between the Australian beef patties and the Oita beef patties for those who want to keep it local. The former go for around 1,000 yen per person, choosing the local beef will set you back about 1,600 yen per person.

    Yufuin
    Address
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita
    Phone
    SNOOPY chaya Yufu In
    Address
    Oita Prefecture Yufuin City Yufuincho Kawakami 1524-27
    Phone
    0977852760
    B-speak
    Address
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 3040-2
    Phone
    0977282166
    Shitanyu
    Address
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1585
    Phone
    0977843111
  • Yorozuya
    Address
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1524-1
    Phone
    0977854171
    Kyushu Yufuinmingeimura
    Address
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1542-1
    Phone
    0977852288
    Lake Kinrin
    Address
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
    Phone
    Tenso Shrine
    Address
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
    Phone
    Marc Chagall Yufuinkimurokoko Art Museum
    Address
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami Takeshihon 1592-1
    Phone
    0977288500
  • YUFUIN BURGER
    Address
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 3053-4
    Phone
    0977855220
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