Lake Kinrin

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Lake Kinrin (Photo: Tom Roseveare / JT)

Kinrin Lake is located in Yufuin Onsen in Oita Prefecture. The name Kinrin means" "Golden Fish Scale" "The source of this name is the fish swimming in the lake, the scales of which appear like a golden glitter at sunset.



Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita 879-5102 (Directions)


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Mount Yufu

Mount Yufu

Mount Yufu is a stratovolcano located on the border of Yufu and Beppu in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu. The summit reaches a height of 1,583.3 meters (5,195 feet) and there are two peaks, both popular for hiking; Higashi-mine Peak in the east and Nishi-mine Peak in the west with the latter being one meter taller. The two peaks resemble the humps of a camel overlooking Yufuin City. The paths are clearly marked and it makes for an easy to intermediate hike. It takes about two hours to reach either peak and an hour and a half to descend. Many hikers elect to visit both peaks in one day. There are also sites at the base of the mountain that hand out free trail guides to would-be hikers. Higashi-mine is the easier of the peaks to climb, while there is a level of difficulty in reaching the peak of Nishi-mine and is advised for more experienced hikers. From the saddle between both peaks, it is a fifteen-minute hike to either peak. Autumn seems to be the high-season for hikers to visit and admire the many-colored leaves along the trails as well as the sweeping vista from the summit.

Oita 3.7km away


Jaime Wong

Yufuin is a stunningly gorgeous little town just an hour away from Beppu by train. It is full of lovely shops selling a variety of things, and many restaurants and cafes with delicious food. The town also boasts the beautiful Lake Kinrinko, where stunning autumn leaves display their colors in reflections on the water. Yufuin is also famous for its onsen, so make sure to visit this quaint town to have a relaxing day out. Yufuin can be reached the fastest by car from Beppu, taking just 30 minutes. I personally recommend riding the special train Yufuin no Mori from Beppu to Yufuin, as it adds to the unique charm that Yufuin has. Once you arrive at Yufuin Station, you will see the streets filled with shops and restaurants catering to all your needs. Souvenir shops and specialty goods shops line both sides of the road, and it's hard to resist the many cafes selling delectable looking sweets and cakes. My suggested plan of action is to walk down this tourist-area road (it's hard to miss as it spreads out straight ahead from the train station) looking at the shops and restaurants on one side until you reach Kinrinko at the end of the road, and then look at the shops and restaurants on the other side of the road As you walk back. Since Yufuin is a small town, the area can be easily seen within 3 hours making for a great morning or afternoon/evening day trip. If you want to enjoy the onsen at Yufuin, you might want to either spend a night there, or choose to spend the entire day there and leave at night time. The trains are much scarcer running from Yufuin at night time so make sure to check the timetable if you don't plan on staying the night. At the end of the shops and restaurants road, follow the signs pointing you towards Kinrinko and be rewarded with an absolutely stunning view. The lake is surrounded by mountains that are coloured in beautiful shades of red and gold in autumn time. The still lake water provides gorgeous reflections of the surrounding nature, and a little wooden walkway around the lake gives you all the angles to take in the scenic view. Overall, do make sure to visit Yufuin if you are in the Oita area for some breathtaking views.

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