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1 Yufuin Floral Village
In the middle of Yufuin, there lies the enchanting Yufuin Floral Village. Though some websites describe it as a theme park, it is much like an conglomerate of quaint, cute and interesting shops. Inspired by Cotswolds region, the village boasts quaint stone cottages, adorned with colorful flowers and vibrant window boxes, creating a picture-perfect setting. A serene duck pond sits at the heart of the village, its calm waters reflecting the surrounding beauty.
As you stroll along the cobblestone paths, you'll encounter an array of shops selling local crafts, souvenirs, and delectable treats. The Peter Rabbit Animal Garden, housing a variety of Japanese and English animals, promises delight for visitors of all ages.
The on-site hotel provides a comfortable and convenient base to explore its wonders. The hotel boasts a variety of rooms to suit your needs, ranging from cozy single rooms to spacious family suites. Each room is tastefully decorated with a touch of English country style, featuring floral accents and comfortable furnishings. Guests can unwind and enjoy views of the village or the surrounding mountains from their private balconies.
Yufuin Floral Village 湯布院フローラルビレッジ
Credits to Shin
2 Famous Mabushi Beef bowl
Yufuin's Mabushi Beef Bowl is more than just a dish; it's a culinary experience that tantalizes the senses. This iconic dish features tender, melt-in-your-mouth Bungo beef, a prized local Wagyu variety, cooked to perfection and served atop a bed of steaming Japanese rice. The magic doesn't end there. The rice, cooked with the beef juices, absorbs all the rich flavors, creating an explosion of savory indulgence in every bite.
Queues are always long, as this is a real popular dish. Remember to drop by early!
由布まぶし心 Mabushi Shin
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3 Golden Croquettes
For a quick and satisfying snack while exploring Yufuin, make a pit stop at Yufuin Kinsho Croquettes. This popular food stand serves up golden-fried croquettes, a local favorite.
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Each bite offers a delightful contrast: a crisp and crunchy exterior gives way to a soft, creamy interior filled with mashed Irish cobbler potato and savory minced Japanese beef. It's a simple yet irresistible treat, perfect for refueling your adventures in Yufuin.
Yufuin Kinsho Croquettes
Credit to Comico
4 Comico Art Museum Yufuin
Credit to Comico
This unique museum, designed by the renowned architect Kengo Kuma, serves as a haven for contemporary art lovers and casual visitors alike.
The museum's architecture seamlessly blends modern design with the surrounding natural landscape. Wooden beams and expansive windows create a light-filled space, allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding mountains while immersing themselves in art. Permanent exhibitions showcase the work of Takashi Murakami, a globally renowned artist known for his vibrant Superflat aesthetic.
Credit to Kirk Chantraine
Alongside his iconic flower and anime-inspired works, the museum also features rotating exhibitions highlighting other contemporary Japanese and international artists.
Beyond the visual art displays, Comico Art Museum Yufuin offers a diverse range of experiences. The museum grounds boast a beautifully landscaped garden, providing a tranquil space to reflect on the art and enjoy the fresh air. Visitors can also participate in workshops and lectures, gaining deeper insights into the world of contemporary art. Additionally, the museum houses a cafe and shop, offering delicious refreshments and unique souvenirs to commemorate your visit.
Comico Art Museum
9:30am-5pm. Closed on Wed.
Adult ¥1700, High school ¥1200, Elementary students ¥700, Children free.
5 Yufuin Showa Museum
Step back in time to the vibrant Showa era (1926-1989) at the Yufuin Showa Museum. This unique museum recreates the bustling streetscapes and shops of post-war Japan, offering visitors a glimpse into a bygone era.
The museum's highlight is its meticulously recreated "Showa Retro Park", a charming collection of two alleyways lined with shops and buildings reminiscent of the 1950s and 60s. Each store is meticulously detailed, filled with period-specific merchandise and displays, allowing visitors to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Showa-era Japan. Explore a nostalgic barbershop, browse a traditional toy store, marvel at the vintage clothing displays, or step into an old-fashioned Japanese kitchen - each scene transports you back to a simpler time.
Beyond the shops, the museum offers interactive exhibits and displays that delve deeper into the history and culture of Showa Japan. Learn about the rise of consumerism, popular entertainment, everyday life, and iconic figures of the era. Historical photographs, vintage advertisements, and informative panels provide a fascinating glimpse into the social and cultural landscape of Showa Japan.
For a truly immersive experience, consider dressing up in Showa-era attire, available for rent at the museum. This adds another layer of authenticity and allows you to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the period.
Adult ¥1200, High school student ¥1000, 4y/o to elementary ¥600
Credits to nyao (Nyaocchi50)
Milch is a charming dessert shop located in the heart of Yufuin, a beautiful hot spring town in Oita Prefecture, Japan. It's famous for its decadent mini cheesecakes and creamy puddings, all made with fresh, local Yufuin milk.
Credits to Tracy Chien
The name "Milch" actually means "milk" in German, and the shop lives up to its name by using only the highest quality milk in its desserts. You can taste the difference in every bite!
Credits to Milch
If you're a fan of pudding, you'll love Milch's rich and creamy Kase kuchen. They offer a variety of flavors, such as vanilla, chocolate, and matcha.