Yesterday I made my way back to Yufudake, or Mount Yufuin, to have another climb. The leaves are beginning to turn on Kyushu and many people were out for a look. Mountain hiking being primarily an old person’s hobby in Japan, I passed many elder climbers all decked out in sparkling climbing gear, metal hiking poles, and bells to keep the bears (?) away.
From Beppu, 43 minutes on the bus will drop you at the base of the mountain. A few minutes further and you will be in the onsen resort town of Yufuin.
Yufudake is about 1583 meters in elevation and takes from 2 – 2.5 hours to summit at a moderate pace. Near the top, the path splits two ways as there are actually two summits as seen in the picture.
I was glad to have good weather this time. My last hike up right before I left for Nepal was cut short due to rain.