Yufuin, Yunohira Onsen - The Original Landscape of Japanese Hot Springs and the Sacred Land of Animation

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Yunohira Onsen in Oita Prefecture is said to have started in 1260 (Kamakura period). In 1727 (Edo period), the current stone-paved street was built, and the cityscape as a hot spring town was formed. There are about 20 inns scattered around the small hot spring area. In recent years, it is said to b...



Yunohira Onsen is located in Yufuin Town, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu.
It is located in a mountain village about 15 kilometers away from the nationally famous Yufuin Onsen by car.

[Access from Fukuoka]
By train: Take the JR Kyudai Main Line bound for Oita. The arrival station is Yunohira station.
When using a bus: Fukuoka/Fukuoka Airport - Yufuin (Yufuin). Take JR from Yufuin Station to Yunohira Station.

● Reference video "Access Guide to Oita from Fukuoka Airport"


● Reference video "How to get off at Yunohira Station"


Historic cobblestone road

About 10 minutes by car from JR Yunohira Station. A stone pavement located in the center of Yunohira Onsen.
This stone-paved slope, which samurai would have walked in the olden days, creates a beautiful contrast between the exquisite curves and buildings, and you can feel the original scenery of a good old Japanese hot spring resort.

Kagono River

The mountain stream "Kagonogawa" flows along the stone paved street.
1930. A wandering haiku poet, Taneda Santoka, visited this area and wrote a poem, "Shigururuya, I'm in tears."
That day, Santoka was immersed in reading, unaware that the kimono he had washed and dried on the riverbed was wet from the sudden rain. Before I knew it, I was deeply moved by the fact that the daughter of the inn quietly took me in, and said, "I didn't drink tonight. I'm having financial difficulties, but I felt so good that I could sleep without drinking. I slept well. However, the hot springs and lodgings were good here. It was a good day and a good night,” he wrote in his diary.

Anime location (model)

The streets of the hot spring town are lined with red lanterns, and the atmosphere of a good old hot spring resort remains.
Its atmosphere has attracted attention, and in recent years it has become widely known as the model for the place depicted in the animation "Suzume no Tojimemari".
Also, at night, the atmosphere becomes more fantastical, and you can feel the world view of "Spirited Away".

Ryokan Yamashiroya

"Yamashiroya" is a small family-run inn on the hill of Yunohira Onsen.

The 50-year-old long-established inn has a nostalgic atmosphere, and many regular customers come not only from Japan but also from overseas.
The world's largest travel review site "TripAdvisor" won the 3rd place in Japan in the "2017 Japanese Ryokan category" in the accommodation satisfaction ranking. It still ranks high every year.
In addition, this fiscal year, in recognition of our efforts to provide hospitality to overseas guests, we were awarded the “Inbound Friendly Hospitality Certificate”.

Yunohira Onsen is a hot spring resort that can be said to be the original scenery of Japan, where everyone who visits can feel the warmth and peace.
And please come to "Ryokan Yamashiroya" where you will be welcomed with the best hospitality.

Ryokan Yamashiroya

309-1 Yunohira, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture
Phone: 0977-86-2462
e-mail: yamashiroya310@gmail.com

Official website: https://www.e-yamashiroya.jp/

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