Culture / Tour Spots in Oita Area

  • Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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    4.5
    414 Reviews
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    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...

  • African Safari
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    4.5
    293 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kuju Flower Park
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    4.0
    154 Reviews
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    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...

  • Oita Prefectural Art Museum
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    4.0
    132 Reviews
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    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...

  • Oita Fragrance Museum
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    4.0
    67 Reviews
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    Beppu City Kita Ishigaki 48-1 Oita Prefecture
    A museum located in Kitaishigaki, Beppu City. The museum has a collection of fragrances from around the world and contains exhibits on fragrances, how they are made, and fragrances from the perspective of their science, history, and culture. There’s also an aroma room and hands-on area where visitors can try mixing fragrances, and museum goers can come in contact with a variety of fragrances. The museum’s shop sells fragrance-related products; an adjoining café serves herbal teas and light meals.

    I really enjoyed my visit much more than expected. The collection is very well curated with such an extensive collection of fragrances from around the world. Arrive early if you want to avoid a...

  • OITA ART MUSEUM
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Oitashi Ueno 865
    This art museum is surrounded by the lush nature of Uenogaoka Kodomo-no-Mori Park. Inside are permanent exhibits of Japanese paintings by artists including Heihachiro Fukuda and Tatsuo Takayama, and early modern Chinese-style paintings of Tanomura Chikuden, works of the Bungo Southern School of Chinese paintings, and other paintings and works relating to Oita City. Events are held throughout the year from exhibition to hands-on-learning. The museum’s restaurant also commands great views of the town.

    I had modest expectations coming here since this is a city museum for a city that is not on the main tourist paths. However, the exhibits were fantastic. Great collections on display. If I travel to...

  • Yufuin Station Art Hall
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita 8-2 JR Yufuin Station premises
    A gallery located inside Yufuin Station in Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. Making use of a hall also used as a waiting area inside the Arata Isozaki-designed building, the gallery exhibits paintings, photos, crafts, and other works of art. The station building also has a footbath area.

    Many people sitting there waiting for train at mid-day, and luggages are allowed to leave there, not like a Art Hall at all.

  • Kuju Natural Zoo
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 1685-3
    A zoo located along the Yamanami Highway in Tano, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. Herbivores such as deer, goats, lamas, rabbits, and ponies are allowed to roam the zoo freely, and visitors can pet them, feed them, and take pictures with them. A free site caravan campground, where visitors can enjoy barbecuing, adjoins the zoo.

    典型的な動物虐待。県や市の保健所や関係機関はなぜこんな園を放置しているのだろう?餌が不足しているようで園内には草もなく木の皮は剥がされ、入園者にしつこく餌をねだるはでびっくりして園を出ました。

  • Trick 3D art Yufuin
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 3001 - 8 Yufuinnaya 1/2 F
    A museum where visitors can enjoy the amazing and eye-deceiving world of trick 3D art, where flat pictures seem to leap out and different images appear depending on your position. The real fun comes from the exhibits which allow visitors to take pictures and become one with the artwork, such as rooms which use perspective to make a person look taller or shorter, and a flying carpet scene. Dogs which are carried at all times are also allowed in the museum. Closest station; JR Yufuin Station.

    1. More detail should be given to the walls near the artworks. Each photo should be easily framed. Some posters are put near the artworks and if you want to do some simple editing later, the...

  • Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden
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    Oita Pref. Oitashi Kanzaki 3098-1
    Approximately a three-minute walk from the Takasakiyama bus stop, this zoo is located at the foot of Mt. Takasaki, with a distinctive shape reminiscent of a bell-shape. It is believed that wild monkeys lived in the area since at least around 1698 because of their description in documents from that time. The mayor of Oita City thought it could be used as a tourism resource and to prevent damage to agricultural crops in 1952, so they began to get gathered up with bait. There are currently two groups that have a total of 1,000 monkeys. In addition to being able to watch friendly monkeys up close, the potato feeding that happens twice a day is a must-see.
  • Oita Prefectural Museum of History
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Usashi Takamori Kyotozuka
    Located inside the Usa Fudoki no Oka history park, the museum preserves and exhibits materials with a focus on Cultural Properties connected to Oita. Visitors can view full sized models of the Fuki-ji Temple and Usuki Stone Buddhas, designated National Treasures, as well as artefacts excavated from Mengahira Tomb. The nearest bus stops are Oitakenritsu-rekishihakubutsukan-mae and Fudoki-no-oka-iriguchi.

    We visited Ooita Prefectural Museum of History opened in 1998 to get some background knowledge of the places we intended to visit. It certainly was worth the three hundred ten yen admission fee. In...

  • Iwashita Collection
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita 645-6
    A museum situated along Prefectural Route 216 in Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. The museum displays a diverse collection of vehicles and other items gathered by the owner over a 30-year span. 200 rare vintage motorcycles from Japan and around the world are displayed in the World Motorcycle History Hall. Visitors will find toys, posters, and other pop culture items dating to Japan’s bygone Showa period (1926-1989) in the Showa Retro Hall. Antiques from Europe and North America are on display in the Stained Glass and Antiques corner.

    For us motorbikers this was a very interesting collection which, apart from the huge assortment of things from the 20th century, had some excellent motorcycles. The collection included two beautiful...

  • Yufuin Forest of Fantasy Artegio
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Yufuin Oniten, Oita Prefecture 1272-175 Kawakami
    An art museum located on the grounds of the Sanso Murata in Yufuincho Yufu City, Oita Prefecture. The museum collects and displays artworks relating to music and music flows constantly throughout its halls. The stylish, bright white interior design is a must-see. Visitors can freely read some 1,000 books on music and painting in the library on the first and second floors. There is also a chocolate shop and café in the museum where visitors can enjoy a beverage with some chocolate or a slice of cake.

    A small but charming art gallery located to the east to Yufuin. In fact, The whole neighbourhood is like an artistic community, with different types of art museums, galleries, cafes, shops...

  • Dagashiya no Yume Museum
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Oita Bungotakada-shi Shinmachi 1007-5 Showa Roman Kura
    "This museum operates out of an old storehouse redolent with the atmosphere of Japan's bygone Showa period. A ""dagashiya"" is a type of small, cheap candy/toy shop found all over Japan, and this museum's standing exhibition of some 50 thousand items primarily consists of toys sold at dagashiya in the late 1950s and early 60s. For those who lived it, the museum will bring waves of nostalgia, while for those who didn't, the items on display will seem novel and unique. Both types of people will find time going by in an instant as they view the various retro exhibits. In addition, the museum offers a free, multilingual audio guide you can access from your smartphone. At this rare facility, you can feel like you've gone back in time to Showa Japan."

    This is a museum, which displays mainly toys of the years 60’s and 70’s. For many Japanese it is the great time of economical development. So, these displays recall them a past glory. For young...

  • Nikaido Museum of Art
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Oita Hayami-gun Hijimachi Kawasaki 837-6
    This art museum, a three-minute walk from JR Hiji Station, is the only one in Kyushu and one of only a few in the country to be dedicated to Nihonga Japanese paintings. The museum displays paintings collected by Nikaido Shuzo YK, known for making the Nikaido brand of Oita barley shochus. The museum's collection of Nihonga paintings spans over 850 pieces dating from the early modern period to the present day. The museum's collection includes works by early modern period Nihonga artists such as Tokyo's Taikan Yokoyama and Gyokudo Kawai, and Kyoto's Shoen Uemura; as well as by artists from Oita prefecture. The museum holds five to six special seasonal exhibitions each year.

    福田平八郎や田能村竹田の国宝級の日、本画が展示されています。こじんまりとしていますが、十分見応えのある美術館です。

  • Taio-Kinzan Gold Mine Museum
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    Oita Hita-shi Nakatsuemura
    A museum located in Gose, Nakatsue-mura, Hita City. The museum is housed inside the tunnels of the Taio-Kinzan Gold Mine, a mine which was discovered in 1894 and which boasted the highest output in Asia during the 1920s and 1930s. Via informational panels and models recreating what activities in the mine looked like, visitors can explore the history of the mine, which ultimately closed in 1972.
  • Sano Botanical Garden
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Oitashi Sano 3452-2
    A botanical garden located in Sano, Oita City. The garden has a greenhouse which makes use of the heat generated by the adjoining garbage collection center and here visitors can view tropical and subtropical plants year-round. The garden also has a large playground area, grass sliding hill, and a 60-meter long slide, as well as a foot bath, scenic observatory with telescope, and walking paths.

    市内中心部から車で30分あまりはかかりますが、お天気の良い休日に小学生以下のお子様がいらっしゃるご家庭には、まさにおすすめ。

  • Yufuin Stained glass museum
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    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 2461-3
    Some 400 years ago, Yufuin is said to have been a paradise for Japan’s hidden Christians. The Yufuin Stained Glass Art Museum opened in 1996 in this town which has carried an air of the West since that time. The first truly dedicated stained glass art museum in Japan, the museum presents European stained glass by time period and region. The museum also offers visitors the chance to try stained glass-making for themselves. A 15-minute walk from Yufuin Station on the Kyudai Main Line.
  • Nakatsu History Museum (Nakahaku)
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    Oita Nakatsu-shi 1290 (Sannocho)
  • Rikuro Okamoto Museum
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    Oita Kusu-gun Kokonoemachi Yutsubo Se no Hon 628-15
    "This art museum, a 40-minute drive from the Kokonoe Interchange on the Oita Expressway, displays the works of Rikuro Okamoto, a Japanese artist who continues to be active in New York. Located in Coco Village, a highland resort which overlooks the five peaks of Mt. Aso and the Kuju Mountain Range, exhibits include sculptures such as the massive ""Moving Rock;"" and paintings such as the artist's ""Home Towners"" series which depicts Kokonoe and Aso. The museum has a novel design and was planned in collaboration with architect Kenji Murata."

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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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