10 Things to Do in Yufu That You Shouldn't Miss

December 30, 2017 Kiesha Cripe

Yufu is a city in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. The modern city of Yufu was established on October 1, 2005, from the merger of the towns of Hasama, Shōnai and Yufuin.
Restaurants in Yufu

1. Mt. Yufu

Yufu 879-5400, Oita Prefecture
Excellent
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4.5 based on 327 reviews

Mt. Yufu

Reviewed By siel - Brussels, Belgium

I took a bus from Yufuin to the base. Started hiking, signs were relatively clear but I had to double check with some Japanese hikers from time to time, I used the description from lonely planet hiking in Japan, as a roommate in my hostel (country road in Yufuin) had done the day before. So I was warned the trail back down was very deserted, since Japanese hikers all seem to take the same path back down. It's doable, but the path is not well kept and you need to guess directions here and there. I made it back in time to visit the communal onsen near the pond, near where the LP path arrives back in town.
Came across a poisonous mamushi snake on the trail up, which a Japanese hiker killed. So do be careful, but all in all a nice hike, not too challenging, with nice views at the top. At the top there are some parts where you have to clamber over rockks while using chains - but you can perfectly do the hike and skip going around the crater if you don't like this.

2. Suginoi Palace

1 Kankaiji, Beppu 874-0822, Oita Prefecture +81 977-24-1160
Excellent
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4.5 based on 198 reviews

Suginoi Palace

SUGINOI PALACE is an amusement facility of SUGINOI HOTEL on the top of the hill ,Kankaiji hot spring area, that is one of the eight hot spring areas of Beppu. You will enjoy stunning view of nature as far as Shikoku Island over the Beppu Bay on a sunny day on one side and Mt. Tsurumi on the other. We offer hot Springs and amusement facilities such as an open air hot spring bath "Tanayu", an open air swimsuit hot spring pool " The Aqua Garden", indoor pool with wave and slider "ACQUABEAT" during summer time(Open from 2015/13/JUNE to 2015/27/SEP this year!) the bowling alley, the game center, and many souvenir shops and restaurants. We continuously strive to improve our facilities and service to keep entertaining our customers. ■Restaurant information: ★HANAMIZUKI - Japanese Kaiseki (Lunch & Dinner) ★Ristorante Azzurri- Italian (Lunch & Dinner) ★Seeds/HIKARI - Buffet Restaurant (Breakfast & Dinner)

Reviewed By Bestlambert - Taipei, Taiwan

This is literally the best Onsen I have ever taken in my life!
The view was magnificent. It had several huge outdoor pools where guests could enjoyed the scenery leisurely. They also offered sauna, also with view.
If you have limited time in Beppu, then I honestly recommend Suginoi Palace.
By the way, the entrance fee was 1,500 yen per adult.

3. Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago

3078-22 Honkozaki, Oita 879-2111, Oita Prefecture +81 97-534-1010
Excellent
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4.5 based on 342 reviews

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago

Reviewed By Karen J - Colorado Springs, Colorado

I love watching water shows in other countries. The walrus show was cute. There was a little boy who was too shy to play peek-a-boo with the walrus trio. His mom did it and all 3 fell backwards in shock. I have the best photos of jumping dolphins ever. I stood at the rail of the top observation deck. I did like that aquarium employees supplied plastic to people in the front row and pink towels to people who got splashed.
I also really liked the sunfish. You don't see those a lot. Kinda freaky.

4. Takasakiyama Natural Zoo

3098-1 Tanoura, Oita 870-0802, Oita Prefecture +81 97-532-5010
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4 based on 291 reviews

Takasakiyama Natural Zoo

Reviewed By KCLaRaia - Yomitan-son, Japan

What a lovely experience! The natural 'zoo' is situated mountainside, with caretakers who provide food for the two troops of wild monkeys that live in the area. This acts as a natural deterrent between local wildlife and local residents & businesses, who would otherwise find the animals to be a nuisance due to scavenging behaviors.
A tram is available to take visitors up that offers a nice view of the wild life and the water. However, it's no faster than walking up the trail, and most likely takes longer when you considering the wait time.
The park rangers and staff are very vigilant about keeping visitors safe, and stress the importance of not bringing food and the correct way to behave around the animals. This isn't a trained animal theater: the monkeys are wild, and while they tolerate human presence, they aren't interested in interacting with you....nor should they be, for the protection of all.
Overall, this is a really nice way to safely spend time in close proximity to these creatures and a wonderful experience for children to observe the monkeys in a natural habitat and learn that animals need not be restricted to zoos.

Kannawa, Beppu, Oita Prefecture +81 977-66-0121
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4 based on 490 reviews

Umijigoku

Reviewed By StefanS71 - Munich, Germany

the blue sea hell was one of our two favorite hells in Beppu. Entry fee 500 Yen (or pass for all 7 for 2000 Yen - check if needed). The blue color and the intense sound of the air coming out of the earth are amazing and to us a must-see in this area.
Not more than a pond, so don't expect a huge lake.

6. Yufuin Basin

Yufuincho, Yufu 879-5102, Oita Prefecture
Excellent
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4.5 based on 92 reviews

Yufuin Basin

Reviewed By ryanteo - Guangzhou, China

The morning mist in Yufuin / Lake Kinrin gives a sense of calm and peace to the whole area. A stroll in this town is very relaxing and enjoyable. There are some local ramen restaurants and ensure not to miss out on local desserts.

7. Beppu Station Tourist Information Center

12-13 Ekimae-cho, Beppu 874-0935, Oita Prefecture +81 977-24-2838
Excellent
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4 based on 257 reviews

Beppu Station Tourist Information Center

Reviewed By marcdegueurce2013 - London, United Kingdom

This is a bonus and not broken English! On the day we were there -August 2017 - they were able to point out the luggage storage counter where our LARGE luggage would have to go to. Even cheaper than the traditional lockers right outside the station.

8. Lake Kinrin

Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu 879-5102, Oita Prefecture
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3.5 based on 1 reviews

Lake Kinrin

Reviewed By Shiva_Dragon - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Whether the scenery is nice depends largely on the season, the time and weather of the day. In my opinion, unless you got all of these factors working in your favour, this is only an ordinary lake. But mind you, there are lots of onsen (nice ones) for you to visit within 30 minutes of walking distances, some of them offer you a much nicer view of the Mountains and area.

9. Kijima Kogen Park

123 Kijima Kogen, Beppu 874-0000, Oita Prefecture +81 977-22-1165
Excellent
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4 based on 119 reviews

Kijima Kogen Park

Reviewed By Nor Azrul A

I live in Oita shi and I been there because I wanted to show my friends who come from Singapore that there are something great to play at Oita Ken.
There are many attractions and the roller coaster have three types for us to enjoy. No matter how many people in the amusement park, you doesn't have to queue more than 30 minutes .
There are bus access both from beppu and yufuin train station and their price also very affordable.
This park is absolutely recommend places to all amusement park lovers . It's look simple but you still can amazed by it! Let's try it !

10. Michi no Eki Yufuin

899-76 Yufuincho Kawakita, Yufu 879-5114, Oita Prefecture +81 977-84-5551
Excellent
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3.5 based on 139 reviews

Michi no Eki Yufuin

Reviewed By ryanteo - Guangzhou, China

This attraction is convenient for cars travel along the highways and make short stopover for refreshments, food and souvenirs. Quite popular in view of prices of merchandizes sold here.

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