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  • Usa-jingu Shrine
    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.
  • Park Place Oita
    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.
  • Sanrio Character Park Harmonyland
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    5.0
    2 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.

    Great tasting fast food restaurant. A little of something for everyone from hotdogs to burgers and also soft serve ice cream. Great selections and reasonably priced.

  • Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
    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.
  • Kijima Kogen Park
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Beppu City Oita Prefecture Jojima Takahara 123
    Inside this park are over 30 kinds of attractions including roller coasters, a Ferris wheel and go-karts. The centerpiece is Japan’s first wooden coaster, a huge 1,600-meter-long coaster named “Jupiter” made of 60,000 Douglas fir trees. It is gaining popularity for its unique riding experience with the creaks and vibrations of the wood adding their own thrill.

    パーク内でリーズナブお値段で味もボリュームも満足できるので、遊びに行ったときはお昼ご飯はここ!と決めています。おすすめはとり天定食かとり天南蛮定食です。別府はとり天が有名だからです!

  • Umi Jigoku
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    4.0
    581 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.

    The highlight of this place is a giant hot spring where you cannot go in and take a bath. You can tell it's really hot so don't try it. However, there are some smaller hot spring towards the left...

  • Lake Kinrin
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
    This unusual lake is fed by both hot and cold springs welling up under the lake bottom, resulting in warm waters year round. In winter, steam wafts off of the lake’s surface, creating a fairy tale-like sight. It is said that early Meiji period Confucian scholar Mori Kuso gave the lake its name, Kinrin-ko (“Gold Scale Lake”) after he saw the scales of a fish glittering like gold in the lake’s waters against the light of the setting sun.
  • African Safari
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    4.5
    258 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.

    Really a must do esp if you are travelling with kids. You have a choice of taking the jungle bus which is literally a moving cage to keep humans safe (highly recommended) or self drive (which we did...

  • Chinoike Jigoku
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    3.5
    217 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Noda 778
    As the name says, this is a bright red hot spring which brims with hell. The pond itself is quite large with a depth of more than 30 meters and a width of 1,300 square meters, and the appearance of the steam rising up is a spectacle. Red hot mud which contains such metals as iron oxide and magnesium oxide from the stratum jet out and deposit, resulting in the pond gets dyed red due to the deposited material. There is an adjoining restaurant where you can taste the Beppu specialty of steaming hell and Oita’s local cuisine. There is also a footbath. The hot spring has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.

    I think in size the biggest of all seven hells. The location is well kept and absolutely worth your visit. You can walk all around this hell completely and have a great overview from above on the...

  • Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
    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.
  • Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hot Springs Tour)
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    4.0
    1475 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    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.

    There are 7 Hells - 5 within walking distance of each other and 2 are a short drive away. Entrance fee to each Hell is 400¥ and you can get a discounted ticket for all 7 Hells for 2000¥. We managed...

  • Shiraike Jigoku
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 283-1
    A feature of Shiraike Jigoku is its slightly bluish white spring water. When the water gushes from the ground, it is transparent; but when it falls into the pond, its color changes due to the decrease in temperature and pressure. The circumference of the pond is surrounded by small Japanese gardens, and there is a statue of the Saint Ippen Shonin who is considered to have laid the foundation for Beppu’s hot spring district. Also, at the tropical fish aquarium located at the back of the grounds, piranha from the Amazon are bred. The hot spring has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.
  • Kamado Jigoku
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Miyuki 5 sets of 2
    The name comes from when they used the steam of the spring water to cook rice as an offering on the occasion of the grand festival of the shrine god, Kamado Hachimangu Shrine. There are six types of hot spring on the grounds and as each have different characteristics such as color, etc. they have been classified into ranks from one to six to make them user friendly. Experience-based facilities are also a feature of this hot spring, such as the demonstrations to increase steam, the high temperature throat and skin steam and the foot bath.
  • Oniyama Jigoku
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 625
    In 1923, for the first time in Japan, the breeding of crocodiles was started which used the heat from a hot spring—the place is also referred to as “Crocodile Hell”. There are a number of crocodile breeding areas surrounding the Jigoku pond, and the number of crocodiles kept there is roughly 70. At the weekend, there is also an event where a member of staff gives food to the crocodiles, so you can observe the exciting moment when the crocodiles are fed.
  • Yama Jigoku
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa Miyuki six pairs
    A feature of this hot spring is the thick steam which spews through the rock surface of the mountain. Also, the temperature of the water vapor is put to practical use with the breeding of animals such as hippopotamus, llamas and flamingos, so there are also some people who visit here for the small zoological gardens.
  • Takegawara Onsen
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    4.0
    399 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.

    Experience a sand bath - very different & very relaxing. The entire experience takes about 45 minutes (pre-bath shower; sand bath; after-bath shower; hot water spa).

  • Ekimae Koutou Onsen
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    3.5
    64 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Ekimaechou 13-14
    This traditional low cost public path is open 24 hours a day and is distinguished by its old fashioned, Taisho period Western-style green roof. The bathhouse has two types of baths—a lukewarm bath, and a very hot bath; the waters of both are distinctly thick and colorless. The waters are said to soothe women’s health issues, gastrointestinal disorders, and nerve pain. The facility also has seven private lodging rooms on the second floor and a large common lodging space for groups. Parking available. A two-minute walk from JR Beppu Station.

    Beppu Ekinae Koto Onsen is a nostalgic public bath. The entrance cost about $1.80, and you buy the ticket from a vending machine. At that time, you can choose either "hot" bath or "warm" bath. I...

  • Kanawa Mushiyu (Ironwheel Mushi)
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawakami 1 set
    Visitors to this municipal hot spring facility can enjoy a steam bath which involves wearing a robe and lying in a stone hut blanketed with medicinal plants as hot spring steam warms their entire body. The facility was remodeled in 2006 but its history is ancient, having been established by the Buddhist priest Ippen in 1276 and thereafter coming to be known as a health spa. The facility also features an indoor bath where you can wash away the sweat from the steam bath, and an outdoor foot bath which is free to all.
  • Beppu Onsen Hoyouland
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    3.5
    202 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Myouban 5
    Said to have once been visited by the great Buddhist priest Kukai, this hot spring facility’s waters come from the Konya Jigoku (“Konya Hell”) hot spring source. In the facility’s wildly popular mud bath, you can enjoy a natural mud pack soaking your skin in the rich mud from the bottom of the cloudy waters of the spring. The facility features two mud bath types – a pair of separate indoor ones for men and women, and a mixed-sex outdoor bath. The mud baths and hot spring waters are said to aid in easing rheumatism, diabetes, atopy, athlete’s foot, and hernias. The nearest bus stop is Konya Jigoku-mae.

    As a solo foreign female traveler (24), the reviews here really made me question my choice to go to this particular onsen. However, everything turned out perfectly fine with some pros and cons. The...

  • Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Higashisouen Town 8-3
    Come see displays of traditional Oita handiwork and this display center for Beppu Bamboo Works. There are a lot of works on display to appreciate including traditional daily goods and flower baskets as well as modern interior pieces made by skilled traditional craftsmen and even pieces made by Beppu's own formerly Living National Treasure, Shouno Shouunsai. With at least a week's prior reservation you can try your own hand at weaving bamboo into baubles or baskets. At the Museum Shop and Cafe, which opened in 2018, you can purchase bamboo goods or enjoy a coffee or other beverage. The nearest bus stop is Hikarinosono Mae or Takezaiku Densankaikan Mae.

    高そうで、繊細な竹工芸品が展示されています。 隣の白い建物にはショップとカフェも。 入場料は大人300円、子供が100円です。 別府の竹工芸に興味ある人にオススメです。

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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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