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Yufuin

Yufuin is  a charming onsen resort town in Oita Prefecture, inland from Beppu.  It is full of ryokan with hot springs, and is situated under a towering mountain called Yufu-dake.  The spring flowers were still out – it was a nice town to walk around before heading back to the ryokan for a big meal and a soak in the rotenburo.

Oita River in spring

My ryokan was called Hotaro no Yado Sendou, which hints at the possiblility of fireflies along the river outside.  It was perhaps a bit early in the season, but it looked likely that there might be some in summer.  The Oita River flows out of a small lake at the top of the valley.

The courtyard of the ryokan was a garden full of maple trees.  It looked nice at night.

Hotaru no Yado Sendo ryokan courtyard

Hotaru no Yado Sendo ryokan courtyard

Here’s Yufu-dake towering over the town.  Every time I looked at it, I was plotting a course for which ridge to use to hike up there…

Yufu-dake

Oita River & Yufu-dake

This is looking downstream, in the opposite direction to Yuku-dake.

Oita River at twilight

 

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