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Mount Yufu

The mountain which towers over Yufuin Onsen town has two peaks: one for an easy climb, and one to challenge seasoned hikers.

This twin-peaked mountain makes for some fantastic hiking, with craggy volcanic geography and excellent views. To start your journey to the top, hop on the Kyudai Main Line from Beppu, and alight at Yufuin Station. From there, it’s just a 20-minute bus ride to Yufu Tozanguchi, and the base of the ascent.

The hike begins with around an hour of traversing pleasant forest and grasslands before heading up towards the steeper parts of the mountain. Along the way, you’ll have to choose your peak! The easiest way to do this is by grabbing a trail map from the tourist information office at Yufuin Onsen Town, although the trail signs will probably suffice for most people.

The east peak is the easier of the two, with trails suitable for less advanced climbers. The west peak route gets a little more sketchy with chains attached to the rocks for when the ascent gets too steep or dangerous. Whichever you choose, you’ll be rewarded with some excellent views across the surrounding countryside.

If your legs are feeling the burn from all that climbing, why not stop in Yufuin Onsen itself for a dip in one of the public hot spring baths?

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