Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings


Yufuin Onsen 由布院温泉

Water as medicine in a trendy resort town full of hot springs, culture and scenic charms

Located at the foot of Mount Yufu, Yufuin Onsen is one of the most popular resort towns in Japan. It contains a wide range of traditional ryokan and modern hotels where you can bathe as a day visitor or an overnight guest.

Stay overnight to better discover the town, which has a variety of trendy cafes, boutiques and small museums.

Don't Miss

  • Soak in healing waters
  • Visit all three onsen neighborhoods
  • Rent a bicycle and explore nearby Lake Kinrin

How to Get There

Yufuin is a less developed alternative to onsen resort town Beppu — just ten kilometers away in central Oita Prefecture. It is accessible by car, bus, and train.

Train: From Oita Station, take the JR Kyudai Line to Yufuin Station — an hour long journey covered by the Japan Rail Pass. From Beppu Station, take the JR Nippou Line to Oita Station and transfer to the Kyudai Line to Yufuin Station (1 hour and 15 minutes).

Because the train doesn't take a direct route, it is faster to drive from Beppu to Yufuin (40 minutes) or take a bus (50 minutes).

Warm up with a rural getaway

As Yufuin Hot Springs is located on a flat river basin surrounded by mountains, the area can be misty, particularly on winter mornings. After leaving the main streets of the town, you will soon see rice paddies, farm houses and tranquil scenery.

Explore beyond the main areas to soak up the rural atmosphere and slow pace of life. Lake Kinrin can be found at the end of the town's main street. There are walking paths around the lake as well as some public baths, shops and cafes.

Onsen abound

Unlike other resort towns, the onsen are spread throughout the town in three different areas: Yufuin, Yunohira, and Tsukahara.

Medicinal properties

Yufuin Hot Springs have the second-highest water flow of all onsen in Japan, and are known to be beneficial for neuralgia, myalgia, arthritis and fatigue.

The water found at Yunohira Hot Springs has long been used to help treat gastrointestinal disorders. The area has a stone-paved road dating back to the 17th century when the area first became popular.

Recognized as one of Japan’s three major medicinal baths, Tsukahara Hot Springs has an acidic pH of 1.4 and is thus effective in treating skin conditions. This onsen has been popular since the 8th century.

Heal from within

You can drink the water at some of the hot springs, which is beneficial for diabetes, gout, constipation and obesity.

Yufuin Station — your one stop shop

Yufuin Station has more than just transportation options on offer. There's a footbath behind the first platform and an art hall that serves as a meeting area as well as an art gallery.

There is a Hot Springs Tourist Information Center and a bicycle rental shop at the station. Horse-drawn carriages and classic British cars are also available for rent at the station, offering a touch of nostalgia to the quaint town.