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2019 Hydrangea spot near Yunogo hot-spring (By car)

22,Jun 2019 Activities in Yunogo, Information


Around in Yunogo Onsen is also the season of hydrangea soon!

From mid of June to early of July, today we will introduce the hydrangea viewing spots near our ryokan.

Oyama hydrangea Road

AddressMimasaka, Kose 656-1Oyama Observatory desk

From Yunogo onsen 10 min by car

PreriodMiddle of June – Early of July

About 3000 of hydrangeas are planted on a mountain road about 2.5 km to the observation deck.

You can enjoy while taking a car or taking a walk on a mountain road.

Choho-ji temple

AddressTsuyama, Iguchi 246

From Yunogo onsen 30 min by car

PeriodMiddle of June – Early of July

Choho-ji temple, commonly known as “Ajisai (Hydrangea) Temple”.

During the rainy season, the lovely sight of some 3,500 hydrangeas blooming is enjoyed by a huge number of visitors both from within the prefecture and from other parts of Japan.

Wood park Koekatawa

AddressTsuyama Ichiba

From Yunogo onsen 30 min by car

PeriodFrom middle of June

About 2,000 hydrangeas add color to scenery of mountain in early summer.

They have a lot of parking and from the top is a spot where you can enjoy Tsuyama city.

However, You can enjoy while taking a car to go that place.

Kakuzan park (Tsuyama castle)

AddressTsuyama Yamashita 135

From Yunogo onsen 30 min by car

PeriodMiddle of June – Early of July

Kakuzan Park is on the ruins of an ancient castle, Tsuyama Castle, which was built about 400 years ago.

Mountain hydrangeas and hydrangea are in bloom and can view throughout the park.

During the rainy season, Stone stairs become slippery so, please be careful with your step.

Misaki Hanayama Park

AddressKume-gun Misaki-cho, Kita 2822

From Yunogo onsen 40 min by car

PeriodUntil middle of July

There are about 100 varieties and 20,000 hydrangeas are blooming.

Nerest is also have a restaurant called Kametti, famous as its fried rice, take 20 minutes by car.

Daisho-ji temple

AddressMimasaka, Daisho-ji 1

From Yunogo onsen 60 min by car

Please be careful the mountain way

PeriodUntil Early of July

About 5,000 hydrangeas add color to scenery of mountain in early summer.

Also known as “Ajisai-ji”, or “Hydrangea Temple”, it bursts into colorful hydrangea flowers from June to July.

Hananoyamadera Fumon-ji temple

AddressManiwa, Tahara Yamaue 2127

From Yunogo onsen 60 min by car

PeriodUntil Early of July

Fumon-ji temple is called the Mountain Flower Temple (Hana no Yamadera) because of the beautiful flowers blooming at each season.

The temple’s 3,000 hydrangeas representing 30 varieties come into full bloom around June.



Japanese hydrangeas

Hydrangea (Ajisai in Japanese) is the sign of the rainy season in Japan. The flower is adored and honored by most of the Japanese like they do for Ume, sakura and irises. In fact, the flower was first discovered in Japan. Viewing hydrangea flower is a tradition here.

They start blooming from early June to mid July. This is the typical hydrangea blooming season in Japan.

If you like nature, especially Japanese nature then there is no way one can stay away from visiting places in which tons of hydrangeas are bloomed of different kinds.

NEWS☆ Shuttle bus to see the Firefly season ☆ Start from end of May

22,May 2019 Activities in Yunogo, Information


Yunogo Onsen has the firefly season at the end of May. We plan to open a service bus to watch the firefly on 23 May (Thursday). Departing from our Ryokan around 8.00 pm to go to the firefly viewing point at the Otanigawa River. We will Parking at the parking area of Mimasaka Municipality which is free to use. From there you can walk a few minutes to go that point.


When you want to use the firefly watching the bus, Please specify your request at the time when you booking. Please kindly acknowledge that if you want to join the firefly watching bus after your dinner, we will suggest you start dinner at 5.30 pm or 6 pm.



During high season, you can see so many of fireflies at the Otanigawa River. Let’s enjoy the real feeling of the beginning of summer with us.


The firefly watching bus schedule

23 May (Thursday) – 12 June 2019 (Wednesday)

19.50   Meeting at the lobby

20.00   Departure

※ When the capacity is reached, we will open the second flight.

※ Reserved only for guests of Kifunosato ryokan.

※ Fireflies may not occur due to weather conditions.


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Tea has been an important part of Japanese culture for centuries. There are many types of tea, though green tea is probably the most widely known. Visitors to Yunogo who wish to know more about tea and how it is produced may be able to pay a visit to Shimoyama’s Green Tea, and meet proprietor Shimoyama Keijiro for tea and conversation.


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Activities in Yunogo: Grape Picking

17,Sep 2015 Activities in Yunogo

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Activities in Yunogo: Private Open Air Baths at Kifu no Sato

16,Sep 2015 Activities in Yunogo

Yunogo Onsen Town is, as its name suggest, famous for its onsen. It is said to have been discovered when a Buddhist high priest named En-nin-houshi discovered an injured heron bathing its wounded leg in the waters of a hot spring in Yunogo about 1200 years ago. Since then, many people have been coming to Yunogo Onsen to reap the benefits of soaking in its onsen waters, which are said to have healing effects on those suffering from chronic digestive disorders, nerve pain, rheumatism, arthralgia, chronic feminine problems, and skin problems.

At Kifu no Sato, there are five rooms and a suite that have a private open air bath attached to them. Guests staying in all other rooms have free access to Kifu no Sato’s large public baths, where men and women bathe separately. If you would prefer more privacy, or would like to soak in the onsen together with your partner, it is possible to book a session in one of Kifu no Sato’s private open air baths.


Made of carefully selected Japanese granite, the private open air baths at Kifu no Sato offer guests the chance to relax with loved ones in an intimate and serene setting. One will be able to enjoy the fresh air whilst unwinding in the healing waters. In the day, one has a clear view of the azure skies, but the view of the stars in the evening is also romantic and unforgettable.

Booking a private open air bath costs ¥2700 for 45 minutes. If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact Kifu no Sato.

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