Top 18 Hotels & Ryokan in Yufuin to Stay for a Special Day

Yufuin is famous for its hot spring resorts, and it is visited by many tourists, both domestic and international alike. Many people travel to this area to celebrate anniversaries and events with their loved ones. In this article, we will introduce a selection of 18 hotels and ryokan in Yufuin to stay on a special day.

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9 Hotels & Ryokan in Yufuin Perfect for a Special Day

1. Yufuin Soan Kosumosu

Yufuin Soan Kosumosu is a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) located 15-minutes on foot from Yufuin Station where you can enjoy a leisurely dip in the onsen (hot springs). It was designed by Eiji Mitooka and established recently in 2017, so it has a trendy design.

The accommodation options include the Couple Anniversary Plan, which lets you stay in a room with a private rotenburo (open-air hot spring). It's highly recommended for couples celebrating their anniversary. Be sure to check it out!

2. Kanputei

Kanputei is located 15-minutes on foot from Yufuin Station. At Kanputei, their selling point is the view of Mt. Yufu from the guest rooms. You can gaze at Mt. Yufu's rich nature in all of its distinct seasonal glory the whole year. It is also popular with foreign tourists. 

There are only 6 rooms in total here, so it is the perfect place for those who want to relax in a quiet space. Another one of their appeals is that they have a semi-open-air bath in each guest room.

3. Yufuin Santoukan

Yufuin Santoukan is located 10 minutes by car from Yufuin Station Bus Center. The large common baths alternate between male and female use according to the time of day, so you will be able to enjoy two different onsen. It is said that the hot spring cures neuralgia and muscular pain, which is a big plus. 

They have Japanese and Western-style rooms, and also rooms with private rotenburo. Guests who have stayed here praised not only the large common baths and the guest rooms but also said that the kaiseki (traditional Japanese multi-course meal) cuisine was exquisite. If you have the opportunity to celebrate your special day in Yufuin, this is a great place to choose!

4. Tsuenosho

Tsuenosho is located 5 minutes by car from Yufuin Station. The onsen here is the kakenagashi type (supplied directly from the source and not circulated through a secondary pool for filtration and chlorination) and is a mildly alkaline tanjun-sen (hot spring source that is more than 25 degrees Celsius and has mineral concentration of less than 1000mg per 1kg water) with a pH of 8.5. Guests often rave about how smooth their skin feels after bathing in this water! The lush view from the rotenburo is sure to invigorate you.

The most popular accommodation option is the Bungo Beef Steak & Seki-aji (Japanese horse mackerel) Sashimi Seasonal Kaiseki Plan. The multi-course meal with the main dishes of Bungo Beef Steak and Seki-aji Sashimi are exquisite.

5. Tosyoan

Tosyoan is also highly recommended. The Royal Suite room, which was made in the name of utter luxury, is particularly great to experience a truly luxurious time.

At Tosyoan, the kaiseki is only made with the best ingredients and is fantastic. You can taste the best seasonal ingredients and critically acclaimed sake (Japanese alcohol). Take a trip to Tosyoan for a great time!

6. Yufuin Gettouan

Yufuin Gettouan is located about 10 minutes by car from Yufuin Station. This ryokan was established by relocating houses built 300 years ago into the establishment, giving it a quaint taste. Within the 10,000 tsubo (about 33,000 sq.m.) area, there are 18 buildings with detached rotenburo. 

One of the distinctive features of Yufuin Gettouan is their creative cuisine. You can enjoy them with both your eyes and tongue. Why not stay at this ryokan on your special day with that special someone, or on your trip to Yufuin? 

7. Yufuin Yumeguri Hotel Sankouen

Yufu Yumeguri Hotel Sankouen is located about 10 minutes by car from Yufuin Station. They use local beef and fresh vegetables for breakfast and dinner, so you can taste the best seasonal ingredients here. It's recommended for those who want to enjoy local foods.

The selling point of Yufuin Yumeguri Hotel Sankouen is that they have a number of different types of hot springs! They have one only for ladies called "Princess' Bath" and also a private rotenburo called "Firefly Bath". Come here for a leisurely soak in the hot springs to relax your mind and body.

8. Yufuin Ryunohige/Bettei Yumuta

Yufuin Ryunohige/Bettei Yumuta is located just a 13-minute drive from Yufuin Station. The main building was built upon the concept of spending quality time with that special someone, and you can view Mt. Yufu from the guest rooms. 

The annex was built according to the concept of spending time alone with your loved one, and you can view a lush green scenery from the guest rooms. How about staying at Yufuin Ryunohige/Bettei Yumuta to celebrate your anniversary with that special someone? 

9. Oyado Yufunosho

Oyado Yufunosho is located about 20 minutes by car from Yufuin Station. There are 3 buildings within the 4,000 tsubo (13,200 sq.m.) area, and the spacious compound is one of their attractions. The main building is equipped with free-to-use PCs, an irori (Japanese sunken hearth), a coffee maker and other convenient services. 

The rooms, which were built with the philosophy of harmony with nature in mind, are popular with the guests. They have rooms with a semi-open-air bath made of rocks, and it's great for relaxing in with your loved ones. 

4 Trendy Hotels and Ryokan Recommended for Anniversaries in Yufuin

1. Yufuin-Baien

Yufuin-Baien is located about 10 minutes by car from Yufuin Station. It's situated within a plum garden with an area of 10,000 tsubo (33,000 sq.m.). The lush greenery within the spacious compound is one of the reasons for its popularity with guests. 

The rotenburo is highly recommended! From here, you can get a full view of Mt. Yufu. Since it is spacious, you can leisurely stretch your limbs and relax. Why not stay here to celebrate your anniversary with your loved one? 

2. Kinmonco

Another recommendation is Kinmonco, which was designed on the concept of "a small village" built within a forest of sawtooth oak trees. It is located about 5 minutes by car from Yufuin Station. At the back of the main building, there is a lounge with an elegant atmosphere for guests staying at the lodge. 

On the roof of the inn, there is a statue of a lion acting as a good luck charm for the safety of guests. They also have Samue (work clothing of Japanese Zen Buddhist monks) made with kusakizome (a traditional natural dye method) prepared as pajamas in the guest rooms. This obsession with their concept is one of their strong points. 

3. Ikkoten

Ikkoten, which is located about a 5-minute drive from Yufuin Station, is also a recommended ryokan. All 10 of their guest rooms have a detached rotenburo from which you can view Mt. Yufu. 

The onsen, which were made with the concept of “enjoying an other-worldly experience bathing in a clay pot”, are very popular! You can enjoy the hot spring in a leisurely environment, so how about staying here to celebrate your anniversary with your loved ones? 

4. Luxury Villa Zakuro

Luxury Villa Zakuro is located about a 10-minute drive from Yufuin Station. This luxurious ryokan only has 2 guest rooms, and is limited to only 2 groups a day. Both rooms are stand-alone, and equipped with a kakenagashi rotenburo.

You can eat breakfast in the guest room, and dinner in a private dining room. It's the ultimate private space! The sounds of the horse-drawn carriages and rice plantations blowing in the wind will calm your heart.

5 Secluded Hotels & Ryokan in Yufuin Recommended for Anniversaries

1. Ryotei Tanokura

Ryotei Tanokura is located about a 10-minute drive from Yufuin Station. You can enjoy their kakenagashi type onsen which is sourced from inside their compound. They also have a rotenburo, so you can enjoy the scenery of the four different seasons here.

In particular, the Ryotei Tanokura Accommodation Plan option is popular among tourists. It consists of kaiseki cuisine made with fragrant Bungo beef and fresh local vegetables. This is also the perfect ryokan for people who love to drink because they also serve critically acclaimed sake. 

2. Nanakawa

Nanakawa is located about 10 minutes by car from Yufuin Station. The ryokan only has 5 guest rooms and is characterized by its quiet and cozy atmosphere. It is perfectly suited for those who want a quiet and leisurely trip. 

It's conveniently located only a 1 minute walk to Kinrin Lake, a famous tourist attraction in Yufuin. All rooms have a private bathroom and a rotenburo, so you can enjoy your private space in leisure.


YUHRI is located just a 5-minute drive from Yufuin Station. At this ryokan, they even have accommodation options specially made for couples. For those who want to get a reasonable deal, you can choose the "Room Only" option on weekdays and stay for a reasonable price. 

Every guest room has a kakenagashi type rotenburo, so it is recommended for those who want to enjoy quality time with their loved one! Of course, it is also a perfect place for celebrating wedding anniversaries.

4. Yufuin Sansuikan

Yufuin Sansuikan is located about 8 minutes on foot from Yufuin Station. This long-established ryokan in Yufu has a history of more than 100 years. It is easy to reach from the station, so you can easily drop by for a stay. 

At Yufuin Sansuikan, one of their selling points is that you can taste the fresh fish and vegetables raised with Oita's unique growing methods. The renowned chef Tadamichi Ota will serve you the best dishes. Why not go and enjoy a delicious meal? 

5. Mokuren

Mokuren, a ryokan located a 5-minute drive from Yufuin Station, is another recommended spot in Yufuin. The number one selling point of Mokuren is their fresh seafood dishes! Guests have raved about the Ise lobster and sea urchin that came recommended.

The guest rooms of Mokuren are all impressively cozy and quiet. You can have dinner in the guest rooms, so you can enjoy quality time with your loved one. Why not give Mokuren a visit and try the local cuisine? 

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Selection of 18 Hotels & Ryokan in Yufuin Recommended for Your Special Day!

This time, we introduced a selection of 18 hotels and ryokan in Yufuin recommended for a special day, from classic ryokan and trendy hotels recommended for couples to secluded ryokan with calm, elegant atmospheres! Please refer to this article if you have plans to celebrate your anniversary with a stay in Yufuin. We hope this article will help you make the most of your trip.

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Translated and republished with permission from: SPIRA (formerly known as Relux Magazine)
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