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.