One of the best things about living in Japan are the trains! The trains go virtually everywhere on the island, making traveling super easy and very convenient. We LOVE to travel but sometimes we don’t know when we’ll have a lot of time to explore or take a trip somewhere completely new. So the train system is perfect for our sporadic travel desires and allotted time frames!
Whether it be bullet trains or locomotive trains, we’ve ridden almost all of them… except a sightseeing train! On our newest train adventure, we began at Tosu Station and rode the Yufuin No Mori sightseeing train into the city of Yufuin!
The Limited Express Yufuin No Mori is a highland express resort train that runs between Hakata (Fukuoka) and Beppu in Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu. It’s also helpful to note that as the train passes a scenic area, announcements are made in English and Japanese, and the train even slows down around the scenic viewing areas for photo opportunites. It’s a combination of luxury and gorgeous views!
Inside the Yufuin No Mori
Cabin Interior: lounge area
Passenger Cabin: relaxing area in a classical train atmosphere
Booth Seating: comfortable area for parties of 3 or 4(advanced reservations required)
Car Joining Section: bridge connecting two cars
After traveling through the mountainous Oita Prefecture, we arrived at Yufuin, a tranquil and cozy hot springs resort town. We took the afternoon to explore this beautiful little city. It was a rainy and hazy day, but that didn’t damper our spirits as we walked through the quaint little streets full of shops and restaurants. The fog actually made for some wonderful snapshots of the surrounding nature.
The most popular sightseeing spot for locals in Yufuin City is Kinrinko Lake. So as we meandered out of the small town streets, we went in search of this local favorite.
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!