Kinrin Lake

A lake known for its scenic charm and mystical, morning mist.

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Kinrin Lake is one of many popular tourist spots in the hot springs town of Yufuin. The lake sits under Mt. Yufu and as such was called takemoto-no-ike (lit. “lake under the mountain”) for years. However, it was renamed to Kinrin, or “golden scales”, by Mori Kuso in 1884 when he saw the golden glimmering scales of fish as they swam at sunset.

The hot spring waters well up at the lake’s bottom, keeping the waters at a steady, warm temperature all year around. As a result, an almost magical swirl of steam can be seen dancing across the lake surface in the early mornings of winter and fall.

The entire 400-meter perimeter of the lake is set up for easy walking so visitors can enjoy watching the fish and aquatic birds over a stroll. The lake is also home to a Shinto torii gate from the neighboring Tenso Shrine, lending an added air of mystique.
The autumn season, with brightly colored leaves, offers an especially gorgeous backdrop to see and enjoy.

Highlights

  • Morning steam can be seen in the early morning hours of autumn and winter.
  • Famous spot to see the autumn leaves.
  • Don’t forget to visit the Tenso Shrine next door during your visit.

Videos

Photos

  • Kinrin Lake in Autumn

    Kinrin Lake in Autumn

  • The morning mists over Kinrin Lake

    The morning mists over Kinrin Lake

  • The torii gate of Tenso Shrine

    The torii gate of Tenso Shrine

  • Aquatic birds

    Aquatic birds

  • Cafe

    Cafe

  • Sunset

    Sunset

Reviews

7
  • 呂鳳芷

    面積雖然不大,湖水也不深,
    但整個意境非常美麗。

  • 千心

    金鱗湖也太小了比較像是池塘,5分鐘拍個照就參觀完畢😓

  • 李文生

    在湖面上容易產生霧氣,使得整個湖面呈現夢幻縹緲的感覺。

  • SDC0207

    不論春夏秋冬景色都很漂亮。

  • ps.yuanyuan33

    溫泉水和湖水融合在一起形成很特別的湖,建議冬天大清早來比較能拍到湖面升起蒸氣照片

  • dino

    由布院是九州旅遊景點當中人氣很高的一個地方金鱗湖就在其中,整個區域非常具有旅遊觀賞性,也是我個人非常喜歡的地方。

  • SOHO Huang

    在太陽光的照射下整個湖面波光粼粼,再加上霧氣裊繞好比人間仙境。

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Details

Name in Japanese
金鱗湖
Address
1561-1 Yufuinchokawakami, Yufu City, Oita
Access
20 min. walk from Yufuin Station on the JR Kyudai Main Line
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)