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.

Facility Name
Yufuin
Address
Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
SNOOPY chaya Yufu In
Address
Oita Prefecture Yufuin City Yufuincho Kawakami 1524-27
Phone
0977852760
Business hours
Different depending on the time
Regular holiday
open everday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
B-speak
Address
Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 3040-2
Phone
0977282166
Hours
10:00-17:00
Closed
Irregular holidays (twice a year)
Parking Lot
Available(6spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Not available
Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Available (Email reservation is not available)
Introduction
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.
Note
[Reserved phone] 0977-28-2066 (15:00-17:00)
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Shitanyu
Address
Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1585
Phone
0977843111
Hours
10:00-22:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Bathing charge]200yen
Parking Lot
open everyday
Credit Card
Not available
Introduction
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.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Yorozuya
Address
Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1524-1
Phone
0977854171
Information Sources:
NTT DIRECTORY SERVICES
Facility Name
Kyushu Yufuinmingeimura
Address
Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1542-1
Phone
0977852288
Business hours
8:30-17 (Saturday and Sunday -17:30)
Regular holiday
open everday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Lake Kinrin
Address
Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
Introduction
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.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Tenso Shrine
Address
Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Marc Chagall Yufuinkimurokoko Art Museum
Address
Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami Takeshihon 1592-1
Phone
0977288500
Business hours
9:00 to 17:30 (admission is -17)
Regular holiday
Irregular holiday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Yorozuya

    For living/Bank/Hospital
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1524-1
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    Tenso Shrine

    Travel/Sightseeing
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
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    Kyushu Yufuinmingeimura

    Fun/Leisure/Hobby
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1542-1
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    YUFUIN BURGER

    Eat out/Cafe/Bar/Pub
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 3053-4
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    Marc Chagall Yufuinkimurokoko Art Museum

    Fun/Leisure/Hobby
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami Takeshihon 1592-1
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    Yufuin

    Transportation
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita
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    SNOOPY chaya Yufu In

    Eat out/Cafe/Bar/Pub
    Oita Prefecture Yufuin City Yufuincho Kawakami 1524-27
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    Shitanyu

    Accommodations/Onsen (Japanese hot springs)
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 1585
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    Lake Kinrin

    Travel/Sightseeing
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
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    B-speak

    Shopping
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 3040-2
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