Spots in Oita Area

  • Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hot Springs Tour)
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    4.0
    1653 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 559-1
    For over a thousand years, the gasses, hot mud, and boiling waters erupting from beneath the area from Kanawa to Kamegawa have led it to being called the Jigoku (Hells) of Beppu. In 2009, four hot springs, Umi (Sea) Jigoku, Chinoike (Blood Pond) Jigoku, Tatsumaki Jigoku, and Shiraike (White Pond) Jigoku were designated as National Places of Scenic Beauty. Visiting these four hot springs in addition to three other famous ones is fun and enjoyable. In addition to hot spring eggs (slow boiled in hot spring waters), hell-themed souvenirs such as Chinoike ointment, and Enman no Yu (bath salts) are popular to take home and give to friends. A 15-minute drive by car from JR Beppu Station.

    If you are a first time visitor, you have to start your Beppu tour with the Hells of Beppu. There are seven in total, the first five are all within walking distance and the next two are 3km away...

  • Suginoi Hotel Acquabeat
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    4.0
    1097 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kankaiji 1
    An indoor pool facility open in the summer adjoining the Suginoi Hotel in Kankaiji, Beppu City. Attractions include a wave pool, water slides, “water jungle gym,” Mystery Dork cavern to explore, and water balls. There’s also a kids’ pool. Modeled after a south seas resort, visitors can also relax on provided beach chairs.

    The hotel is situated at the hill with an amazing view of Beppu City and Beppu Bay. The onsen and the heated pool are great with great views. It is so nice seeing the sunrise while relaxing in the...

  • Umi Jigoku
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    4.0
    747 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 559-1
    Umi Jigoku boasts of being the largest among the Beppu Jigoku hot springs. The beautiful cobalt blue color is due to iron sulphate in the hot spring water. Royal water lilies and tropical water lilies are cultivated using the heat from the hot spring and the flowers will be at their best from early May until early November. At the Bon Festival event, lower grade elementary school children (up to 20 kilograms) can get on the leaves of the royal water lilies that float in the pond. There is also a footbath. The hot spring has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.

    Its definitely the best of the Seven Hells. Very beautiful and surreal place. Definitely recommended for photographers and onsen enthusiasts!

  • Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
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    4.0
    558 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 1208
    A bridge 173 meters high and 390 meters long. Completed in 2006, it is the longest pedestrian bridge in Japan. The scenery from the bridge is, in a word, superb, and those traversing its length can get sweeping views of such sights as Narukogawa Ravine and a stunning Shindo-no-taki waterfall, with larger and smaller sub-waterfalls. Visiting in fall to see the autumn foliage is particularly recommended.

    Visited the Kokonoe Yume suspension bridge which spans over a valley with two small waterfalls on one side of valley. Lovely views with trees turning color on both sides of bridge.

  • Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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    4.5
    414 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Kanzaki Uto 3078 - 22
    A large aquarium located in Oita City, Oita Prefecture next to Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, famed for its Japanese macaque exhibit. Designed around the theme of an aquarium where visitors can make friends with the animals, Umitamago is filled with exhibits and attractions which let visitors experience sea and river life up close and personal, including aquariums which recreate natural environments, a variety of shows, and opportunities to get close and even touch animals. The aquarium’s giant tank, containing some 90 species and 1,500 individual sea creatures, is truly stunning. There’s also the popular and hilarious walrus show and the Asobeach play area, ensuring that Umitamago is fun for the whole family, from children to adults.

    My husband and I went to visit this aquarium while we were in Oita. It is a convenient bus ride out of town, about halfway to Beppu. We arrived just in time to see the show. it was so interesting...

  • Usa-jingu Shrine
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    4.5
    344 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Usashi Minamiusa 2859
    This Shinto shrine is famous for being the head shrine of all 40 thousand Hachiman shrines in Japan dedicated to Emperor Ojin as the god Hachiman in a syncretic belief system which combines elements of Buddhism. Enshrining Hachiman as well as Hime and Empress Jingu, the shrine was founded in 725. The grounds are spacious, and the main shrine building, a National Treasure, is divided between an upper building located on a hill and a lower building located at the base. The first hall of the upper building is believed to provide luck with money and business; the second and third are believed to provide luck with love and easy childbirth.

    Head of all shrines across Japan well respected by the Japanese royal family and considered sacred by many. Very quiet on my day of visit in July with just a few tourists. A relaxed and...

  • Takegawara Onsen
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    4.0
    473 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Motomachi 16-23
    A low-cost public hot spring facility operated by Beppu City. Originally erected in 1879, the current building was built in 1938. In the spa’s famous sand bath, visitors lie down in sand wearing a yukata robe, after which assistants cover you with sand heated by the site’s natural hot spring. Up to eight persons can use the sand bath at the same time. Wait times may grow long when the facility is busy. A 10-minute walk from JR Beppu Station.

    I was recommended this onsen by my brother who lives in Japan and he said this was non-negotiable. And boy was he right. A wonderful experience in a special place and all for an affordable price.

  • African Safari
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    4.5
    293 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Usashi Ajimumachiminamihata 2-1755-1
    This is Kyushu’s only safari park and one of Japan’s largest, where 1,300 animals of 70 varieties are raised in conditions close to natural. There is an “animal zone” where visitors can observe lions and tigers from a jungle bus or their own car, and a “petting zone” where one can do horse riding or pet small animals, allowing one to enjoy the various aspects and charms of the animals.

    It was a great half day experience there. We were given a tray of animals food to feed them including for kind ones like reindeers and fierce ones like bears and lions. Other than the safari tour...

  • Hyotan Onsen
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    4.0
    300 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Beppushi-shi Kannawa 159-2
    This day-use hot spring bathhouse is located not far from the Beppu Interchange. In addition to men's and women's bathing areas, the bathhouse has a large public bath area and sand bath area, and customers can enjoy a diverse array of bathing facilities, including tubs made of different materials, a cascade bath, and a steam bath. There's also a footbath. The waters of the bathhouse salt spring are said to treat nerve pain and muscle soreness. Note that persons with certain health conditions are contraindicated from using the baths. The bathhouse also has free, time unlimited parking and can accommodate large vehicles, making it easily accessible by car as well.

    We came here for the Sand bath experience after reading the reviews. This place is relatively new and clean. It looks like it has been renovated and the baths are huge. There are many baths and...

  • Sanrio Character Park Harmonyland
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    4.0
    161 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Hayamigunhijimachi Fujiwara 5933
    At this cute theme park one can meet Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty and My Melody. Inside there are 14 types of attractions, restaurants and goods shops themed on Sanrio characters. Events including parades and live shows are held daily, meaning each time one visits they can enjoy a different experience. When open at night, the illuminations and fairytale atmosphere make it a popular date spot too.

    Our six year old loved it. We went early as recommended and she was greeted at the gate by Kitty. we went on a Friday so there were no big lines. They are obviously renovating as some areas are new...

  • Furuzono Stone Buddhas
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    4.5
    208 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Usuki-shi Fukata
    "This collection of over 60 Buddhist statues carved out of a tuff rock wall forms the core of the Usuki Stone Buddhas and is a five-minute drive from the Usuki Interchange on the Higashikyushu Expressway. The statues are believed to have been created from the late Heian period to the Kamakura period. One of the best stone Buddhist statue groups in Japan in terms of size, quantity, and carving skill, the group's statue of Vairocana in particular is considered a masterpiece. In 1995, this statue was the first such stone Buddhist statue in the country to be designated a National Treasure. Also known as the ""13 Furuzono Buddhas,"" other nearby stone Buddhist statue groups include the first and second Hoki Stone Buddhas clusters, and the Sannosan Stone Buddhas."

    It is definitely worth visiting, or I rather say it is worth traveling to Kyushu to visit Usuki Stone Buddha. There are four different areas, you can see many statues of Buddha, which are engraved in...

  • Kuju Flower Park
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    4.0
    154 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Taketashi Kujumachikuju 4050
    A flower garden located in Kujumachi, Taketa City, Oita Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds, 800 meters above sea level, are filled with plants which flower throughout the year Some of the best times to visit include spring, when a carpet of mountain phlox cover the grounds as well as nemophila and tulips; summer, when the lavender blossom in profusion; and fall, when one million cosmos come into flower. Pets are also allowed in the park. In the park’s restaurant, visitors can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet centering around delicious vegetable dishes as well as jingisukan (lamb barbecue). No reservation is required to take part in one of the park’s dry flower wreath-making classes.

    I suppose this place is a MUST visit during the flower bloom time which is in September, i was there in November and there are nothing much to see,except for an indoor area, but is a nice stroll...

  • Roadside Station Yufuin
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    3.5
    172 Reviews
    Transportation
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita 899-76
    A roadside station situated along National Route 210 in Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. Facilities include a shop selling local agricultural and specialty products like yuzu citrus pepper, a condiment said to have been invented in Oita; and a takeout corner which sells soft serve ice cream, toriten chicken tempura, and Yufu Koro croquettes which were developed in conjunction with Yufu High School. The station’s restaurant serves rice bowls topped with Japanese beef and soba noodles made with Yufuin buckwheat and hot spring water.

    This attraction is convenient for cars travel along the highways and make short stopover for refreshments, food and souvenirs. Quite popular in view of prices of merchandizes sold here.

  • Nakatsu Castle (Okudaira Clan Historical Museum)
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    4.0
    176 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ninjitsu City, Oita Pref.
    Nakatsu Castle formed with fortification of the mouth of the Yamakunigawa River (currently the Takasegawa River) by Kuroda Kanbei. Since the fortress takes the shape of a folding fan, it also takes the name “Ogi Castle,” “ogi” meaning folding fan in Japanese. Following this, it was occupied by the Hosokawa, Ogasawara, and Okudaira clans. The castle tower was rebuilt in 1964 and now houses exhibits of swords, clothing and historical documents related to the Okudaira clan.

    Nakatsu Castle is, beside Fukuzawa Yukichi’s former residence, certainly the main tourist attraction in Nakatsu. However, the exhibit inside is much similar to that of other castles, and there is...

  • JR Oita City
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    4.0
    240 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Oita-shi Kanamemachi 1-14
    This commercial complex, connected directly to JR Oita Station, is outfitted with a shopping mall, cinema, and hotel. In Amu Plaza Oita, you can enjoy restaurants and fashionable apparel shops, boutiques, and interior decoration stores. A popular new tourist destination where visitors can spend an entire fun-filled day, other facilities include the City Spa Tenku bathhouse, which offers a delightful view of downtown Oita City and Beppu Bay; and a rooftop square where seasonal trees and flowering plants are grown. The complex also offers rental event spaces and conference rooms.

    It is a complex of JR station and shopping facilities, such as Amu Plaza, Bungo Niwasaki Market etc. I remember that there was no such a beautiful station building as I went to Oita a few years ago...

  • Tsuetate Onsen Hotel Hizenya
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    4.0
    183 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Shimojou 4223
    This hot spring inn is in Oguni Town, Aso County near the border between Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures. It's a great spot to enjoy an open-air bath and seasonal cuisine. There are 11 natural hot spring sources on the grounds feeding their 23 baths. The clear and colorless water is alkaline, has beautifying properties, and is said to help alleviate nerve pain and joint pain.

    This is a big hotel, next to a gorgeous river. Hotel has been upgraded but still looks somewhat worn (but acceptable). However, it’s more than made up by the excellent service by all the staff. I...

  • Oita Prefectural Art Museum
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    4.0
    132 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Kotobukimachi 2-1
    "An art museum situated along Showa-dori Avenue in Kotobuki-machi, Oita City. The museum's collection spans some 5,000 items, including Bungo Nanga paintings which were flourishing in the Oita area from the late Edo through the Taisho periods; as well as examples of modern Japanese and Western style paintings, crafts, and contemporary art by artists affiliated with Oita. Dedicated to being a ""Museum of Encounters and of the Five Senses,"" the museum holds collection exhibitions as well as special exhibitions."

    Shigeru Ban’s pretty and pristine jewellery box in Oita. The layout is unconventional for an art museum where much of the space appears to be earmarked for public and community use. That’s on the...

  • Ao-no-domon
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    4.0
    132 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Honyabakeimachisogi
    In the Edo period a Zenkai high priest who was grieved at men and horses losing their lives on the perilous road, spent 30 years carving out a tunnel with just chisel and hammer together with his masons. It is said that this tale was the basis of Kan Kikuchi’s novel “Beyond Love and Hate.” Even today, in one part of the tunnel the remaining marks of the chisel work can be seen.

    Ao Cave is well known thanks to the novel “Onshuno Kanatani”, written by Kikuchi Kan. The novel is based on a real story of a bonze who dug the tunnel for local people. I had expected a very...

  • Park Place Oita
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Kouendorinishi 2-1
    This large-scale shopping mall has a movie theater and a rooftop garden. Inside you’ll find about 160 shops, from fashion to miscellaneous goods. There are plentiful facilities for kids and many services for parents, including a big playground, a kids’ space, baby rooms, and a nursing room. This makes the mall very popular with families with kids.

    Especially for foreigners looking for clothes and shoes. I have found that many of their shops come in my sizes (5ft4in usually wear a medium size). I have a hard time finding clothes in Japan that...

  • Beppu Onsen Take to Tsubaki no Oyado Hana Beppu
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    4.5
    145 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kamitanoyumachi 16-50
    A hot spring hotel situated along Aoyama-dori Street in Kamitanoyu-machi, Beppu City. The hotel’s bathhouse has large bathing areas with outdoor baths and a reservation only family bath. The bathhouse is supplied by a sodium hydrogen carbonate spring whose waters are said to make the skin smooth and beautiful and also treat such ailments as cuts and chronic skin diseases. The women’s bathing area is outfitted with a micro bubble bath and a steam sauna. Visitors can also make use of the aesthetic treatment salon and services such as rental yukata robes in a variety of patterns.

    We stayed one night in this modern hotel with onsen in the center of Beppu. It’s located five minutes away from the Beppu JR Station. Although its location is in the city center it’s very quiet...

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A trip to Oita is tantamount to a long soak in the Beppu baths. The mountainous, coastal prefecture of Oita is renowned for having more onsen than any other prefecture in Japan, most of which lie in the city of Beppu on the west coast of Kyushu, recognizable by its pungent sulphuric aroma and the clouds of steam that puff up across the hillside. Away from the Beppu hot springs await mountains, waterfalls, and temples, so don't hesitate to explore Oita a little further.

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