We had read about onsen etiquette, so we knew we needed a little towel, which you use to wash and which you can also use to cover your private parts. After all, you have to enter an onsen completely naked. So we bought a small towel there and went to the changing room, where they have lockers for the valuables. We heard that the Japanese really expect you to wash thoroughly before you go inside the hot water, which means we had to sit on a little plastic stool outside and shower and clean ourselves while sitting there (you don’t shower there standing). After that we finally entered the hot blue spring water, which was outside, surrounded by greens. It was really, really hot and it felt like it would cook my balls (forgive the pun) right there and then. Fortunately, it was not too crowded or else it would have been embarrassing for me trying literally to save my skin. There were just a few Japanese men and some high school boys I supposed, as it is like most onsen we encountered in Japan, a gender-segregated bath. After some relaxing in the hot pool, we exited and bought a gift there, a lotion that, the woman ensured us, is healthy and refreshing. At least I guess she said something like this because we don’t understand any Japanese.
So we walked back down to the city along some fields enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the area and after a short stop at a supermarket, where we bought some supplies, went back to the Yufuin Train Station to get our luggage. We already had seen that it is a bit of a walk to our hotel, so we opted for a cab, that didn’t cost much. We had printed out the name of the hotel in Japanese, and we showed that the cab driver, so it was no problem.