About 25km inland from Beppu, picturesque Yufuin sits in the shadow of the majestic twin peaks of Yufu-dake. Tourism development has gradually increased in the past few years, and Yufuin is best avoided on holidays and weekends. It’s still very much worth a stop en route to Aso, or on a day trip from Beppu.
The Yufuin Hot Springs Tourist Information office (
As in Beppu, making a pilgrimage from one onsen to another is a popular activity in Yufuin. Shitan-yu (admission ¥200;
The double-peaked Yufu-dake (1584m) volcano overlooks Yufuin and takes about 90 minutes to climb. A few buses between Beppu and Yufuin stop at the base of Yufu-dake, Yufu-tozan-guchi (¥700, 43 minutes). From Yufuin, the bus takes 16 minutes (¥360).