If you travel up to the northeast of Kyushu, Yufuin Onsen is a charming resort town at the foot of Mt. Yuku, which also offers a large selection of geothermal hot springs. Many onsen and ryokan are within easy walking distance from Yufuin train station, along a main street full of shops, cafes, and art galleries as you walk toward the misty Kinrin Lake. The Oita River also runs through this area, so be sure to follow the nature trail along the river bank, with bright yellow rapeseed flowers on one side and soft pink cherry blossoms on the other, as the lush green peaks of Mt. Yufu rise behind them against a cloudless blue sky—best viewed in spring!
©YUFUIN HOT SPRINGS TOURISM ASSOCIATION