Earlier this month, I went for a day in the small town of Yufuin, in the neighboring Oita prefecture. Yufuin has been severely affected by the earthquakes of this month and Oita organizes a campaign to encourage tourists tcome back there. This is the perfect time to publish an article about my visit !
For the first time in age, I went without any preparation. I usually buy guide books, do research on the net about an hidden place or something but this time I don't know why I just went without doing any of this. I knew there was a lake but that's all.
On the bus, I sat next to a girl who was moving all the way : she handed her hair up, removed and handed again her jacket, took out her cell phone, her headphones leaning on the seat in front of suddenly returned back. I looked her in the corner of my eyes hoping it calms her down but it had no effect.
Once the bus arrived and freed of thisburdensome girl, I directly headed towards the small Kinrinko lake (金鱗湖) which has a nice walking trail. It passes through a small shrine with a floating torii and this is the most beautiful landscape of the city for me. It then climbs a little on the heights before drifting lower towards a small pond full of multicolored carp.
|Yufuin aussi à son torii flottant !|
The bakudanyaki (ばくだん焼) is a kind of giant takoyaki without octopus. The ball should be at least 10cm in diameter and filled with all sorts of things : mochi, sausage, a quail egg, squid and vegetables like corn , mushrooms, Chinese cabbage , etc. There were several choices of sauces but I took the more conventional : the traditional takoyaki with special sauce, mayo and dried bonito.
The honey ice cream was tasty and delicious. There are many shops selling honey to Yufuin , I didn't that know and I was pleasantly surprised because I love honey !
|A pretty cup for this delicious honey soft serve|
I fell for Hello Kitty socks, I already have Oita one but as it was the first one I received 5 years back it was pretty old. I also bought a delicious cheesecake justout of the oven at Yufuin Milch. Oh my God ! It was all hot, fudge and it had delicious cheese flavor. This is the cheese cake I ever had in my life.
On my way, I found a Japanese sweets shop called dagashi-ya (駄菓子屋) in Japanese where I bought a few things. The shop itself was a complete mess with sweets, cakes, toys up to the celling ! Just next there was the Showa Retro Park museum which showed different items, shops, rooms of an house of the Showa era (1926-1989) . I love this retro atmosphere (I wonder if it's because I was born in the Showa era? ) So I really wanted to visit it. After receiving a coupon in the dagashi shop (run by the same person ) I was relieved of 400 yens to visit the museum and I wasn't disappointed ! It was so well organized that it was like in a real city of the Showa era. In addition I had the museum to myself, yay! This is a place I highly recommend.
Then I passed by the Yufuin Flower Village, a small place with yellow and tiny shops including the famous Kiki bakery ! Well don't dream about it longer : it's tiny (only 3 people fit inside), the decoration is banal and the breads findable in every other bakeries in Japan. A real disappointment ... like the rest of this part of Yufuin actually : touristy, crowded and expensive.
|Dagashi-ya, a Japanese sweets shop|
|Showa Retro Park|
|Showa Retro Park|
|Small street in Yufuin|
|Hat : no brand / top : sango / pants : Honeys / shoes : Shimamura / bag : no brand|
I finally had a little time before taking the bus and I wentto the station to enjoy an ashiyu (足湯), an onsen for feet. I expected it to be at the station but as there was nothing I went to ask the tourist office which it indicated me the station counter. In fact this ashiyu is somewhat hidden as it is located directly on the home ! I've waded for 40 minutes watching the trains pass, including the superb Yufuin no Mori. I came away completely relaxed and with very red calves. What a delightful way to end the day. Admission is 160 yens and I received a postcard and a small towel.
|Ashiyu in Yufuin station|
|Look how cute is this towel !|
|"Oita, the first onsen prefecture in Japan"|
In fact, my video on this day Yufuin will be available soon :)
Access and useful informations
Yufuin (由布院)Access from Fukoka by train :
Take the Yufuin no Mori or the Limited Express Yufu and get off ain Yufuin. Ittakes 2 hours and 20 minutes and cost 4 040 yens.
Access from Fukoka by bus :
Take the Yufuin-go line from Hakata or Tenjin bus terminals and get off at the final stop. It takes 2 hours and cost 2 880 yens (so it is faster and cheaper than train)