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Mount Yufu

A long hike up the volcano pays off, both from the beauty of the walk and the stunning sea and valley views from the peak.

Yufuin’s natural protector, Mount Yufu, is one of the town’s most distinctive sights with its camel-backed peak. The perfect backdrop for camera shots of Yufuin’s main street, Mount Yufu is also a great place for hiking. The walk is rather long, at 5 miles (8 kilometers), taking about 4 or 5 hours round-trip. Do the moderate hike relatively easily with a basic level of fitness and strong motivation.

Set out from the trailhead across the valley floor, a pleasant plain covered with grass and wildflowers in spring and summer. Penetrate the forest that rings the base of the mountain, listening for the twittering of songbirds that hop from tree branch to tree branch. At the fork, head toward Goyagoshi, where the switchbacks begin crisscrossing the side of the mountain.

Though the mountain itself is relatively steep, appreciate how the winding trail keeps the walk somewhat straightforward.

At the top of the switchbacks, head to the right, toward Higashi-mine, which, despite some scrambling required, is relatively easy to mount. At the top, look out onto the landscape, which stretches from the seashore near Beppu to the valleys that shelter Yufuin and other towns. 

Head back down or add on the Nishi-mine, where chains help haul you up to the top. 

Enjoy a well-deserved lunch in the brisk breezes of the peak before you head back down for an equally well-deserved dip in the thermal baths in town.

The base of Mount Yufu is northeast of Yufuin, a 20-minute drive from the JR station. Take the bus to the trailhead from the train station in a little over 20 minutes. This line also leads to nearby Beppu. The trailhead has free parking and public restrooms. Another trail leads directly from Yufuin’s downtown, but it is not maintained as well as the more frequented one. Pick up trail maps from the tourist information office. 

The trail is always open, but be careful when the sun goes down and in winter, when it can become quite icy. Much of the trail is exposed, so bring a hat and plenty of water.


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Yufuin Country Road Youth Hostel $57
Yufuin Country Road Youth Hostel

Yufuin Country Road Youth Hostel

441-29 Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu, Oita-ken
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Yufuin Onsen, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Artegio and Yufuin Motorcycle Museum. Kinrin Lake is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

    Oyado Ichizen $229
    Oyado Ichizen

    Oyado Ichizen

    1209-1 Kawakami, Yufu, Oita
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Yufuin Onsen, this ryokan is within a 5-minute walk of Artegio and Yufuin Motorcycle Museum. Kinrin Lake is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Yufu Station is 22 minutes by foot.

      Yufuin Inakasou $66
      Yufuin Inakasou

      Yufuin Inakasou

      440-19 Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu, Oita
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Yufuin Onsen, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Artegio and Yufuin Motorcycle Museum. Kinrin Lake is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Yufu Station is 29 minutes by foot.

        Yufuin Onsen Tsukanoma $174
        Yufuin Onsen Tsukanoma

        Yufuin Onsen Tsukanoma

        444-3, yuhfuincho kawakami, Yufu, Oita
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Yufuin Onsen, this spa ryokan is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Yufu, Kijima Kogen Park, and African Safari. Hells of Beppu and Beppu Rakutenchi are also within 20 mi (32 km). Yufu Station is 26 minutes by foot.

          Ryokan Yufuin Ryokuyu
          Ryokan Yufuin Ryokuyu

          Ryokan Yufuin Ryokuyu

          1272-88 Kawakami, Yufuincho, Yufu, Oita (prefecture)
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Yufuin Onsen, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Kinrin Lake and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Yufu and Kijima Kogen Park. African Safari and Hells of Beppu are also within 20 mi (32 km). Yufu Station is 28 minutes by foot.

            Watanoyume cotton dream - Hostel $89
            Watanoyume cotton dream - Hostel

            Watanoyume cotton dream - Hostel

            442-19 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita
               
              1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Yufuin Onsen, this hostel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Kinrin Lake and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Yufu and Kijima Kogen Park. African Safari and Yunohira Hot Spring are also within 12 mi (20 km). Yufu Station is 30 minutes by foot.

              Yufuin Guesthouse Cotton Dream
              Yufuin Guesthouse Cotton Dream

              Yufuin Guesthouse Cotton Dream

              Yufu, Oita (prefecture)
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Yufuin Onsen, this romantic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Artegio and Yufuin Motorcycle Museum. Kinrin Lake is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. Yufu Station is 30 minutes by foot.

                Onjuku Yagura
                Onjuku Yagura

                Onjuku Yagura

                1270-81 yufuincho yufu-city, Yufu, Oita (prefecture)
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Yufuin Onsen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Artegio and Yufuin Motorcycle Museum. Kinrin Lake is 1 mi (1.7 km) away. Yufu Station is 29 minutes by foot.