This is my first visit to Yufuin (由布院 as onsen; 湯布院 as city) from Kumamoto. It is located in Oita Prefecture and very close to Beppu. It is know for magnificent natural Hot spring spas & resort (温泉 onsen), is a treat to visitors!
If you are in Kumamoto and planning to visit Yufuin. Then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Yufuin from Kumamoto.
How to get in: Public Transport
There are various way to go to Yufuin from Kyushu…But the best way is from Kumamoto. There is a Bus for Kysushu Odan Bus from Kumamoto.
There is a train that connect Kumamoto – Yufuin via Kurume. You can ride the Kyushu Bullet Train (九州新幹線: Shinkansen) from Kumamoto Sta. to Kurume Sta. and change limited express for Yufuin. It takes around 2 hours.
There is only “Kyushu Odan Bus (九州横断バス)” that connect to Yufuin. You can ride the bus from Kumamoto Sta. The one way trip between Kumamoto Sta. to Yufuin Sta. takes around 4 and half hours (cost 4200 Yen) in the lap of nature. For more details about booking click here…
But, I personally recommend you to choose bus and take a window seat and just feel the breathtaking Nature from Aso Sta. to Yufuin. What a romantic sight!
Here is the time-table:
The Kyushu Odan Bus depart from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Kotsu Center, Kumamoto Airport, Aso Sta. . Here is a list of Bus-stop & for more details click here…
08:04 ⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Station (Platform #3)
08:16 ⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Kotsu Center (Platform #26)
08:57 ⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Airport (Platform #2)
There is a break time @ Aso Sta. (阿蘇駅) & Senomoto (瀬の本) for 10 minutes each. You can refresh, buy some sweets and explore the beauty of nature.
12:33 ⇨ Arrive @ Yufuin Sta. Bus Center
There is a Yufuin Sta. is just besides to Bus terminal.
Yufuin has full of natural hot spring resorts that attract visitors. Apart that there are many beautiful places (Kinrinko Lake, Bussan-ji Temple, Unaguhime Shrine with beatutiful row of Sugi-trees and more…) that can be easily do sightseeing by foot but, it may more convenient to rent a bike. Yufuin Sta. offers a rent-a-cycle service. for 250 Yen/hour or 1250 Yen/day.
It a small lake but a natural hot landmark for tourists. It is just 1.5 km away from Yufuin Sta. There is a small shrine located at the lakes southern end as well as many small shops & cafes. So, just walk around with your hubby and enjoy the magnificent view!
Walk around the City:
Although the Yufuin town is small and can explored in few hours. There are many restaurants, cafes specially cheese shops.
Down-town the City
Cheese & Milk Shops
Enjoy local Transports:
Apart from bike, there are some more way to do city sightseeing such as Rickshaw, Scarborough. Yufuin can be easily do sightseeing by foot but, it may more convenient to rent a bike or try other transports. For more details about rental fee click here…
If you are in Japan and tired with your daily life, then you must visit Yufuin “Full of natural hot springs”. It’s worth while to stay their at-least 1 night @ Ryokan (温泉). If you are going for the same day tour for Yufuin, or, you are on business tour and have only few hours but don’t know what to do? Then I would recommend you to take a rental cycle from Yufuin Sta. and take around their. Oh! one more thing is after cycling don’t forget to take free Footbath (足湯) @ besides to Bus terminal.
Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Yufuin and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!