Located at the base of 1,584 meter high Mt. Yufu-dake, Yufuin Onsen invites approximately four million visitors a year to enjoy its abundant hot spring water. Yufuin Onsen is ranked to have the third richest volume of water in all of Japan, so is well established as an onsen town.
The Yufuin Onsen hot spring town is located on a 450 meter-high mountain area with scenic views in Yufu City, Oita Prefecture. In contrast to the neighboring Beppu Onsen – one of the biggest hot spring resorts in Japan, Yufuin Onsen is becoming popular for its relaxing atmosphere due to the spacious structure of the town. Its nickname “the backroom of Beppu” literally suggests the quiet and peaceful location surrounded by nature. Set in a neat configuration along Yunotsubo Kaido Avenue are many trendy shops, restaurants and museums, this attracts especially young ladies as visitors to Yufuin. Taking a tour via horse and carriage around the town is a fun activity.
Yufuin Onsen was actually designated as one of the “10 hot springs of Beppu” in the old days. However, through the change of administrative division brought about in the Taisho era (1912-1926), Yufuin Onsen became a hot spring town in its own right.
There are 852 sources that feed the hot springs in Yufuin and local people can enjoy bathing in Onsen water in their own homes. Many public baths stand in the town, which enables both tourists and locals soak, while refreshing their body and mind. The water has a medicinal effect on neuralgia, muscle ache, joint pain as well as a soothing effect on body.
To visit Yufuin hot spring town, take JR Express Train Yufu, which takes 2 hours and 10 minutes from Hakata Station, or 45 minutes transit time from Oita Station. Express buses are also available from Beppu Station with a 50 minute transit time.
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|Efficacy||Neuralgia, muscular pain, joint pain, relieving fatigue, and others|
|Address||Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita|
|Link||Yufuin Hot Spring Tourism Association|