This is Lake Kinrin. Hot springs pour into this lake, bringing the water temperature to nearly 30 degrees Celsius. On cold mornings, vapor rises from the surface of the lake. The mist then spreads throughout the Yufuin basin. The morning mists of Yufuin are well known throughout Japan. The mists cover the entire town, as if seeking to hide a treasured secret.
There are around 100 stores on Yunotsubo Avenue, which people visit to enjoy light snacks and sweets. The avenue is known for its sawtooth oak trees. The trees grow quickly, and are slow to shed their leaves in winter. Many visitors to Yufuin find their own oasis in the shade of these trees. All of the shops along the Yunotsubo Avenue are built in the style of the area's traditional old farmhouses.
The Beef-Eating Screaming Competition
In this simple event, contestants go up into the mountains, eat local beef, and shout as loud as they can into a decibel meter. The event began in 1975. It is held every year in October. Under the blue skies, in the clear mountain air, visitors enjoy local beef and shout to their hearts' content. The event is frequently featured in the media, and every year draws a crowd of around 800 people.