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Yufuin Travel Guide for Foreigners

Yufuin is a famous hot spring resort in Oita District, Oita Prefecture, Japan. It is found on a flat river basin that is surrounded by evergreen mountains. Even though it is a small town, Yufuin has actually a lot of attractions which are worth visiting: from art museums to hot onsens. For travelers who wish to travel to Yufuin, here are the top spots that you have to visit.


1.Lake Kinrin

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One of the first things that you have to consider visiting when you are in Yufuin is the Lake Kinrin. It is a small lake with clear waters that come from a hot spring. An enigmatic body of water, Lake Kinrin is said to have been named by Mori Kuso, a Confucian scholar, when he allegedly saw the scales of a fish glare in gold from the sunset.

Lake Kinrin could be best viewed during mornings in fall and winter seasons when the mist forms around the lake. After visiting the lake, you could find a good restaurant nearby.


【Basic information】
Name: Lake Kinrin
Address: Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita Prefecture 879-5102, Japan
Business Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone Number: +81 977-84-3111


2.Yufunogo Saigakukan

Yufunogo Saigakukan

Yufunogo Saigakukan

Yufunogo Saigakukan

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Perhaps you are looking for a place to stay in Yufuin where you could relax and unwind while being able to experience their onsens (hot springs). At Yufunogo Saigakukan, you could take a hot bath from the springs which come from the Mount Yufu that overlook the hotel. By plunging into the warm waters, you actually experience the remarkable energy of nature.

There are two hot springs which are located on the site which provide guests with the power of the hot springs within their bodies. The water is invigorating, it will surely lift your energy and take away your stress.


【Basic information】
Name: Yufunogo Saigakukan
Address: 2378-1 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita Prefecture 879-5102, Japan
Phone Number: +83 977-44-5000
Official Website URL: https://www.saigakukan.co.jp/en/


3.Marc Chagall Yufuinkinrinko Museum

Chagall Museum

Cafe La Ruche at Chagall Museum

Chagall Museum

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The Marc Chagall Yufuinkinrinko Museum features an exhibit which displays the work of the famed Russian artist Marc Chagall. His paintings are described to be colorful, with a composition that is full of floating feeling and benevolent emotions. For at most 600 yen, you could tour around the museum and enjoy observing the different art pieces displayed. After the tour, you could take a scrumptious meal at the Cafe La Ruche which is also situated inside the museum. Customers are ensured that the meals are at reasonable prices.


【Basic information】
Name: Marc Chagall Yufuinkinrinko Museum
Address: 1592-1 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita Prefecture 879-5102, Japan
Business Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone Number: +81 977-28-8500
Official Website URL: http://www.chagall-museum.com/


4.Yufuin Floral Village

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The Yufuin Floral Village is a small and dainty village in Yufuin. It consists of shops which are designed like little European villages with small cottages that sell various things from clothes to food. There are also cute accessories and ornaments which are sold in individual stalls in the village. There are just about many exciting shopping stalls which you could visit when you are at the floral village. Additionally, the village also comprises a small zoo where tourists could have fun feeding animals like the goat.

Indeed, Yufuin Floral Village is a cute village that you should visit when you are in Yufuin.


【Basic information】
Name: Yufuin Floral Village
Address:1503-3 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita Prefecture 879-5102, Japan
Business Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Phone Number: +81 977-28-8500


5.Mount Yufukade


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One of the most prominent attractions in Yufuin is the Mount Yufukade or simple Mount Yufu. It could be found on the border of Yufu and Beppu in the Oita Prefecture in Japan. This mountain is a stratovolcano. It consists of two peaks which are called “Nishi-mine” which means West Peak and the “Higashi-mine” which stand for the East Peak.

Mostly, tourists could avail of a hike up and down the mountain. It is recommended that you go hiking during the winter season to witness a spectacular view, especially when the mountains are frozen.


【Basic information】
Name: Mount Yufukade
Address: Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita Prefecture 879-5102, Japan
Business Hours: 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM


Having explored these spots, I hope that you already have an idea on where to go when exploring Yufuin. Because of its boutiques, restaurants, and parks, you will not run out things to do when you are in Yufuin.