is a district of the city
Yufuin was a town located in Ōita District until October 1, 2005, when Yufuin merged with the towns of Shōnai and Hasama to form the city of Yufu.
Located in a green valley beneath the spectacular Mount Yufuin (由布岳), a short walk from the town centre is a mix of paddy fields, housing and upmarket ryokan, with a few temples. A common evening sound is the rhythmic ringing of temple bells. Although still connected to its rural roots, Yufuin is a tourist town. There is a picturesque lake, and rivers flow down and across the valley. Some hotels have outdoor baths called rotenburo with a view of the mountain.
On October 1, 2005
, the former towns of Hasama
and Yufuin (all from the now-dissolved Ōita District
) merged under the administration of Yufu
-shi. This controversial decision resulted in the recall of the mayor and a snap election in which he regained office.
As of 2003
, the town had an estimated population
of 11,342 and density
of 88.77 persons per km²
. The total area was 127.77 km².
Yufuin is famous for natural hot spring
, resulting in a local economy based on domestic tourism
and hot-spring bathing. International tourist visits to Yufuin are increasing.
Yufu Mountain (由布岳) and Golden Scale Lake (金鱗湖) are commonly viewed and photographed by tourists.
- July: Yufuin Music Festival (ゆふいん音楽祭)
- August: Yufuin Film Festival (湯布院映画祭)
- October: Ushikurai Shouting Tournament (牛喰い絶叫大会)