It’s been a really busy last couple of weeks so it’s taken me a while to write this post.
At the end of February me and my boyfriend decided to get out of Fukuoka for a day trip. We bought one of these magazines from the local 7/11 to inspire us with some ideas of places to go. These magazines are great for ideas!! Obviously they are all in Japanese but they have lots of pictures, to give ideas and if you have the know how you can grab the addresses from the magazine and put them into google maps or a car sat nav.
At the time the Nagasaki lantern festival was on, we decided to avoid the hustle and bustle of that event and head in the opposite direction to Yufuin and Kuju.
We drove at night from Fukuoka to Yufuin at around 9pm and it only took us 90 minutes!!! There is a direct train from Hakata station but that takes over 2 hours. Many of the trains to Yufuin require a transfer in Beppu or Oita as well.
We managed to find a cute little pension to stay in overnight, with it’s own onsen, near the centre of town. Which meant we could wake up bright and early the next day to wander around the main street and check out lots of the little shops and galleries. The centre of Yufuin is a really nice place to amble away an afternoon going in cafes and galleries. The Yufuin Art Museum near the centre of town is a really interesting building to look around and you can make your own watercolour postcard there. They also have a fish spa, where you can get the dry skin nibbled off your feet by well you guessed it fish.
After exploring the centre of town my boyfriend decided he’d really like to check out a nearby ski resort in Kuju only an hour away. It is an artificial slope, but was pretty good for me as a beginner snowboarder to practice on the lower slope while he as a more experienced skier could go to the higher slopes. I’m not sure how much longer it will be open but if you’re in the area and you enjoy skiing or snowboarding you should check it out. The name of it is Kuju Shinrin Koen Ski.
On the way home we found a really cute little restaurant, the old couple inside really did not look like they were expecting any customers, as there was no one around!!! The food was great though, I kinda felt bad we disturbed them! We also managed to fit in a trip to a local onsen using a recommendation from the magazine, before driving back to Fukuoka. We got home before 11pm. Great day trip!!!
There are loads of other things to do in the Yufuin and Kuju areas! Yufuin boasts lots of onsen. Kuju is also famous for it’s suspension bridge and the Kuju Flower park. Included are some older photos from previous trips of other things in the area, including a frozen waterfall from 2 years ago, very Game of Thrones-esque!
The address for Kuju Shinrin Koen is –
Kokonoe Shinrin Koen Ski Resort
612-1, Oaza Yutsubo Kokonoe-machi, Kusu-gun,
And there website is –
I’ve done research and it seems like the best way to get there is to rent a car.
The address for Kuju Flower Park is –
4050 Oaza Kuju, Kuju-machi, Taketa-shi, Oita
Here are some directions to the suspension bridge –
40 minutes by car from Kokonoe IC on oita Expressway.
Take Route 210 toward Kuju from Yufuin IC on oita Expressway. Turn to route 11 at Mizuwake Toge and go toward Chojabaru.
50 minutes by bus from JR Bungo Nakamura Station on JR Kyudai Main line.