Yufuin, a town of hot spring

Yufuin, a town of hot spring
Freaking hot summer is gone now and hot spring season winter is coming silently in Japan. There is four seasons with totally different climates in Japan and this always be a main reason why lots of people choose Japan for their travel destination. We just saw the news that the snow accumulation of 10 cm was recorded in Hokkaido last week. Winter normally spots November to February, and it is the best season for hot spring.
 
Kyushu is the area that most hot spring spots exist in Japan and there are many tourists come to Kyushu to enjoy authentic hot spring. Especially Oita prefecture has two main area (Beppu 別府 and Yufuin 湯布院) where hot spring crowds. Yufuin one of the most popular hot spring resort in Japan, located about ten kilometers inland from Beppu in Oita prefecture and exist on a flat river basin surrounded by mountains. The stores and hotels of Yufuin are spread out around town, and not clustered along the main street like in many other resort towns.
 
Stores in the town
 
While other cities in Kyushu had been developed with big malls, huge accommodations and so on, Yufuin had rejected development with entertainment complex and continued to keep their appearance and hospitality. Instead, the town has been holding events such as film festival and music every summer fair since 1960’s to get more of female visitors. Those challenge succeeded to protect their beautiful town view and left rural district atmosphere. In many investigations, Yufuin is often selected as the best hot spring in Kyushu where has lots of hot springs. Numbers of hot spring wells in Yufuin (852 spots) are 2nd most in Japan, following the most abundant Beppu hot springs. And its yield of hot water (38,600 L / min) is the 3rd largest in Japan.
 
“Yufuin Tamonoyu (由布院玉の湯)” and “Kamenoi Bessou (亀の井別荘)” has related with this town for long time and known as high grade accommodations. Because of abundant hot spring water, there are public hot spring stores where people take a bath with reasonable price. In addition, more spots that offer hot spring bath exist large area around main street. So it might be a good idea, you decide which hot spring spots you go while you walking around main street and seeing their appearances. We introduce some facilities that many Japanese people like.
 
Stroll map of Yufuin
Yufuin Morinoyu

杜の湯 ゆふいん泰葉
Name Mori no yu – Yufuin Yasuha
Address 1270-48 Kawakami. Yufuincho. Yufu city. Oita
Tel 0977-85-2226
Check in 3:00 pm
Check out 11:00 am
Website http://www.yasuha.co.jp/
Yufu no yado
由布のお宿 ほたる
Name Yufu no Oyado – Hotal
Address 1791-1 Kawakita. Yufuincho. Yufu city. Oita
Tel 0977-84-5151
Check in 3:00 pm
Check out 10:00 am
Website http://www.yufuin-hotaru.com/
Accommodation of Yufuin
亀の井別荘
Name Kamenoi Bessou
Address 2633-1 Kawakami. Yufuincho. Yufu city. Oita
Tel 0977-84-3166
Check in 3:00 pm
Check out 11:00 am
Website http://www.kamenoi-bessou.jp/index.html
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We are sorry this is not an article of Fukuoka. But we hope it is very helpful information for all tourist to Kyushu in winter season.
 
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Basic information of Fukuoka

About Fukuoka
The biggest prefecture in Kyushu “Fukuoka”, has 28 cities, 30 towns and 2 villages. Because of historical reason, Fukuoka prefecture is divided in 4 area “Kitakyushu(北九州)”, “Fukuoka(福岡)”, “Chikugo(筑後)” and “Chikuho(筑豊)”. These years, many tourists have come to Fukuoka. Ferry travel to Fukuoka from Pusan port in Korea and more and more flights touch down to Fukuoka from many cities of Asia, so numbers of visitors to Fukuoka is getting much more recently. Most of tourists enjoy local foods such as fresh sashimi, sushi, pork cutlet, ramen and motsu hotpot.
Weather of Fukuoka
The average temperature: 17.0°C
The average annual rainfall: 1,612.3mm
The highest temperature: 32.1°C (August)
The Lowest temperature: 3.5°C (January)
*Investigation: 1981 – 2010
Weather of Fukuoka
Rainy season of Fukuoka
Rainy season in Fukuoka starts on 2nd – 5th June and end on 20th – 25th July.
Rainy season of Fukuoka
Population of Fukuoka
The population of Fukuoka prefecture that has two government ordinance designated cities “Fukuoka city” and “Kitakyushu city” is around 5,088,000 as of June 2013.
Geography of Fukuoka
The area of Fukuoka prefecture is around 4,971 km2
Area rank: 29th of All 47 prefectures in Japan
Popular local food of Fukuoka
There are many old people who think Udon is the most famous local foods in Fukuoka, but nowadays lots of tourists have been coming to Fukuoka to have ramen, sushi and fresh seafood. Fukuoka prefecture faces the sea much fresh seafood landed from such as Genkai-nada sea and Tsushima area. There are many good restaurants provides fantastic dishes cooked with local seafood.
If you have enough time, we suggest you to try Mizutaki hotpot (水炊き鍋). It’s also one of very famous yet popular food in Fukuoka.
  Popular local food of Fukuoka
Transportation of Fukuoka
●West Japan Railway Company (= JR Nishi Nihon)
>Sanyo Shinkansen >Hakata Minami Line
●JR Kyushu
>Kyushu Shinkansen, >Kogoshima Main Line >Nippou Main Line >Kyudai Main Line >Sasaguri Line >Hitahikosan Line >Kashii Line >Gotoji Line >Chikushi Line
●Fukuoka sabway
>Airport Line >Hakozaki Line >Nanakuma Line
●Kitakyushu Monorail
●Nishi Nippon Railroad
>Tenjin-Ohmuta Line >Dazaifu Line >Kaizuka Line >Nishitesu-Amagi Line
●Amagi Railway
●Heisei Chikuho Railway
Recommendation of sightseeing spots in Fukuoka
Nokonoshima Island (能古島), River boat Yanagawa city (柳川川下り), Dazaifu shrine (大宰府天満宮), Kawachi Fuji Garden (河内藤園)
Number of travelers from Hong Kong who stayed at Fukuoka
(2014) 124,060 people
(2015) 253,880 people (+ 104%)
Major events and festivals of Fukuoka
●Hakata Dontaku Festival (at Tenjin Fukuoka on 3rd-4th May)
●Hakata Gion Yamakasa (at Kushida shrine on July)
●Wasshoi Million summer festival (at Kitakyushu on August)
●Ohori fireworks festival (at Fukuoka city on 1st August)
●Chikugogawa fireworks festival (at Kurume city on 5th August)
●Kanmon fireworks festival (Kitakyushu city on 13th August)
●Reggae festival “Sunset” (at Itoshima city on September)
and much more.
Celebrities from Fukuoka
Ken Takakura, Ayumi Hamasaki, Tamori, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hitomi Kuroki, Ringo Shiina, YUI, Hiromi Go, Seiko Matsuda, Izumi Sakai (ZARD), Checkers, Tatsunori Hara, Youichi Masuzoe, Kiyoshi Hikawa, Takafumi Horie, Noriko Sakai, IKKO and so on.
Professional sport teams of Fukuoka
●Football
>Avispa Fukuoka(Fukuoka city) >Giravanz Kitakyushu (Kitakyushu city)
●Baseball
>Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
●Basketball
>Rizing Fukuoka (Fukuoka city)
●Rugby
>Coca-Cola Red Sperks (Fukuoka city) >Fukuoka Sanix Blues (Munakata city) >Kyuden Voltex
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