Mount Yufu Timelapse

Mount Yufu (由布岳 Yufudake) is a uniquely formed volcano located on the border of Yufu and Beppu, Ōita, Japan. It is the first thing that will greet you the moment you get off the train in Yufuin Station, a three-hour train ride away from JR Hakata Station. The shape of the volcano is unique due to its two peaks – ‘Higashi-mine’ (East Peak) and ‘Nishi-mine’ (West Peak) with the west peak being a meter higher than the east.

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The video site is on a bridge located a few hundred meters from Yufuin Lake, another popular tourist spot in the area. While shooting this timelapse, several tourists would drop by and take selfies in the middle of the bridge with the great view of Yufu and its camel peaks behind them.

This timelapse was created sometime late November and it was able to catch the remainder of Koyo or autumn season in Japan during the morning hours. The smoke is actually boiling steam coming from the river meeting the frosted morning air above. It was extremely cold while this timelapse was being shot and it took all effort not to jump into the hot waters of the flowing river.

This short video was edited using Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop CC and LRTimelapse. Enjoy  and hope you get inspired travelling to Yufuin with this video!

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