Bike Tour Kurokawa to Yufuin: The Route: The final push on the Yamanami Hwy and up to altitude of 1400 meters was definitely testing my limits as a novice cyclist. the good thing was that there isn’t so much up and down among these mountains. The way down was a bit cold and I had to put on more clothes to be ready for the long way down. The downhill starts from Makinoto pass.
Highlights: -A night at the michi no eki(rest stop) -Co ed hot springs
I got into Yufuin in the evening and went directly to a hot spring where I had the whole culture shock of seeing a woman in the same hot springs. This wasn’t common but I learned that it does exist in some places. But I would later find out all employees at onsens are all women and they sporadically barge in the onsen while you are sitting there naked and they do maintenance around the onsen. After I spent a night at the Michi No Eki(rest stop) in Yufuin. Next day I cycled around Yufuin, which is pretty town with many tourists shops, onsens, parks, etc. It’s very quiet and peaceful, although there are ton of tourists visiting this place. I stopped by another onsen later in the day and it was partly outdoors so you can see the sky as you are sitting in the hot water boiling away.
This is a guest blog post by Dae Choi Saturday November 9, 2013 2013/11/09-10: Kurokawa to Yufuin: Co-ed hot springs