From Hakata station, I took the 7:43AM Yufu 1 Limited express train to Yufuin station (Travel Time : 2 hr 20 minutes.) Then, a scenic 15-minute bus ride to the trailhead at "Yufu Tonzanguchi"bus stop. The view from the left window side of the bus offers sweeping views of Mt. Yufu as it zigzags along the highway.
|beautiful clear day at the start of my hike.
|One hour (maybe less for some) into the hike and you're already offered
these nice views! pwede na bumaba. LOL.
How to get to Mt. Yufu from Hakata Station, Fukuoka
From Hakata station, take a train going to Beppu and alight at Yufuin station (Travel Time is 2 hr+). For this train ride, I used a North Kyushu JR Pass (bought from Klook) and booked a reserved seat at the JR Kyushu ticket office in Hakata station. For train schedules, I relied on Google maps. You can also check the JR Kyushu Site. From Yufuin station, walk towards the bus terminal and get off at Yufu Tozanguchi bus stop. Travel time is 15 minutes. The terminal is small and only 1 bus departs at a given time. To make sure you're getting on the right bus, ask one of the English-speaking staff.
The bus will stop just a few feet from the Main Trailhead entrance. You'll pay for the fare when you get off. You can also use an IC card like Suica or Sugoca (I used Suica). There are no registration fees or permits to be paid. There's a resting area and restrooms across the trailhead. There are no stores and I didn't notice a vendo machine here so you'll need to get your supplies in Hakata or Yufuin station.
I used the English hiking map of Mt. Yufu that I downloaded here. Average hiking time, in and out of the trail is 4-5 hours depending on which peak you visit.
Google Map Link to Mt. Yufu Main Trailhead here.
|Entrance to Main trailhead trail
Train Pass (JR Pass) - Since my itinerary involved traveling around North Kyushu, I purchased a 5-day North Kyushu JR Pass from Klook to save on costs (PHP 5,695.40). This allows you to take unlimited JR train rides in the North Kyushu area including the special train, Yufuin no Mori (some exclusions may apply so check the terms before booking). After booking, you'll receive a voucher via email, along with redemption instructions that I found easy to follow. To purchase via Klook, go here.
If taking the ever popular Yufuin no Mori train, you will need to reserve a seat. Here's a video guide on how to book reserved seat ticket at a Reserved Seat Ticket Vending Machine .
In case you encounter issues getting a ticket from the vending machine, helpful and friendly English speaking staff are on standby.