Yufu (由布市, Yufu-shi) is a city in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. The modern city of Yufu was established on October 1, 2005, from the merger of the towns of Hasama, Shōnai and Yufuin (all from Ōita District). As of 1 June 2019, the city has an estimated population of 33,120, and a population density of 104 persons per km².[1] The total area is 319.32 km².

Flag of Yufu
Official seal of Yufu
Location of Yufu in Ōita Prefecture
Location of Yufu in Ōita Prefecture
Yufu is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°11′N 131°26′E / 33.183°N 131.433°E / 33.183; 131.433Coordinates: 33°11′N 131°26′E / 33.183°N 131.433°E / 33.183; 131.433
PrefectureŌita Prefecture
 • Total319.32 km2 (123.29 sq mi)
 (June 1, 2019)
 • Total33,120
 • Density100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address302 Kakihara, Shōnai-chō, Yufu-shi, Ōita-ken
Yufudake in the morning


Yufu is located in central Ōita Prefecture, surrounded by mountains, such as Yufudake (1,583 m), Shirogatake, and Tokiyama. The Ōita River created an alluvial fan, where farming is done. Part of the city is named as a portion of Aso Kujū National Park. Also, Yufu is known for its many hot springs.


  • Ōita River
  • Yufu River
  • Iwaki River


  • Lake Kinrin
  • Lake Yamashita

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit


  • 1889: Villages Anan, Higashishōnai, Nishishōnai, Minamishōnai, Asono, Tani, Yufugawa, Yunohira, Iwakigawa, and Hasama are created in Ōita District. Kitayufu, Minamiyufu, and Yunohira are created in Hayami District.
  • 1899: Yunohira village is moved to Ōita District.
  • 1936: Minamiyufu and Kitayufu are merged, creating Yufuin village.
  • 1948: Yufuin village is renamed Yufuin town.
  • 1950: Yufuin town is moved to Ōita District.
  • 1954: Hasama, Tani, Yufugawa, and Iwakigawa is merged, now named Hasama village. A month later, Anan, Asono, Higashishōnai, Minamishōnai, and Nishishōnai are united. It is named Shōnai village.
  • 1955: Yufuin and Yunohira are merged. The new town is named Yufuin, but the character for "Yu" is different from the one before. In the same year, Shōnai village is renamed Shōnai town and Hasama village is renamed Hasama town.
  • 2005: Hasama, Shōnai, and Yufuin are united, the new city named Yufu.


  1. ^ "Official website of Yufu city" (in Japanese). Japan: Yufu City. Retrieved 17 April 2017.

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