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Five Recommended Ryokan Inns in Yufuin in Oita, One of Japan’s Foremost Onsen Hot Spring Towns

Yufuin Onsen in the middle of Oita is a popular tourist destination, not only for the high quality onsen hot spring, but also for the beautiful townscape and landscape. Here are some recommended ryokan inns that will make your stay at Yufuin special.

2017.07.20
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1. Hinoharu Ryokan

This is an established ryokan inn in a serene setting. All 11 guestrooms are traditional Japanese-style rooms, with a variety of options such as rooms with dedicated open-air baths and barrier free rooms appropriate for guests in wheelchairs. There are several baths available on the premises. The large shared open-air bath which is the pride of the ryokan has gravel floors so that you can relax from the back of your feet. After enjoying the bath, you will be served Japanese cuisine made with an abundance of seasonal local ingredients. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the building.

Foreign languages: There are staff who speak English

2. Yufuin Gettouan

This is a ryokan inn located on a nature-rich mountain. Eighteen free-standing hanare cabins are spread out across its vast grounds measuring more than 33,000 square meters. The guest rooms are luxury rooms, each with its own open-air bath. In addition, there is a large shared bathroom with an open-air bath where you can soak in the Yufuin onsen water that has a variety of benefits while enjoying the view of the majestic mountains or sky full of stars. Dinner is centered on creative Japanese dishes to be enjoyed both with your eyes and taste buds. You can also order dishes made with local ingredients such as beef and seafood by famous Oita brands.

Foreign languages: There are staff who speak English, Chinese and Korean

3. Yufuin Ryoan Wazanho

This is a ryokan inn located on the banks of a mountain stream with a pure waterflow. The inn has a large shared bathroom with an open-air bath built by combining large rocks. You can enjoy a relaxing time soaking in the bath listening to the flow of the river. There are 12 guestrooms, all of which are individual hanare cabins. Each has a dedicated open-air and indoor bath so that you can have a Yufuin Onsen bath all to yourself. The Japanese course meals made with organic vegetables is also the pride of the inn. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the inn.

Foreign languages: There are staff who speak Korean

4. Ryoso Yufuin Yamadaya

This is a ryokan inn that is just seven minutes on foot from JR Yufuin Station. The inn has a variety of baths, including a large shared bathroom with an open-air bath from which you can see the garden. There is plenty of opportunity to soak in the light and soft Yufuin Onsen water that has moisturizing benefits. If you want to have the famous onsen hot spring water to yourself, you can book a private bath or a guest room with a dedicated open-air and indoor bath. Dinner is Japanese cuisine with plenty of meats and seafood from Oita. The pork shabu shabu and beef sukiyaki are popular.

Foreign languages: There are staff who speak English

5. Yufuin Kotobuki Hananosho

This is a ryokan inn in a great location, just five minutes on foot from JR Yufuin Station. It has a large shared bathroom with an open-air bath and spacious indoor bath. If you book a guestroom with a dedicated open-air bath, you can enjoy the Yufuin Onsen water anytime of the day. Dinner is a course of Japanese cuisine with an abundance of the bounty of the ocean and seas of Oita. You can enjoy seasonal food nurtured by the pure waters and rich soil of Oita, including free-range chicken, mountain vegetables, and quality brand beef. The large Japanese garden on the grounds is also impressive. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the grounds.

English languages: There are English-speaking staff

It is said that there are more than 100 inns in this area, so there are many more to the ones introduced here. Please find one that is perfect for you.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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