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  • Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
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    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.

  • Beppu Tower
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    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kitahama 3-10-2
    This symbol of Beppu was completed in 1957, and is one of six sister towers. From the 17th floor observation deck one can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view from Beppu Bay to Beppu City. In 2007 it was registered as one of Japan’s Tangible Cultural Properties.

    24 June, 2018. We were roaming around the sea shore at Beppu in the limited time that we had, when we saw the Beppu Tower from a distance. This advertises the famous Japanese Asahi Beer (Asahi Dry is...

  • Furuzono Stone Buddhas
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    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."

    The site opens at 6 a.m and we went early morning. Very few people around and lovely and tranquil on a crisp autumn morning. We took just over one hour at an easy pace to see all but one of the...

  • Nakatsu Castle (Okudaira Clan Historical Museum)
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    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.

    I had had an interest in the castle as it was originally founded by Josui Kuroda who was advisor to Hideyoshi Toyotomi that established nation-wide rule in 1590. Kuroda remains in history as one of...

  • Roadside Station Yufuin
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    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.

  • Oita Prefectural Art Museum
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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."

    I went to Oita to check out the architecture of this museum designed by Ban Shigeru. Its about 15-20 minutes walk from Oita Station. Its a sunny day and the design is particularly impressive in...

  • Beppu Yukemuri Observatory
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    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawahigashi 8 pairs
    An observatory located in Kannawahigashi, Beppu City. Visitors can get a sweeping view of Beppu and Mt. Tsurumi and Ogiyama towering in the distance. Beppu has the highest yield of hot spring in Japan and the sight of hot spring steam blooming from various parts of the city is something truly unique to this place. This observatory’s night view has also been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan’s “Night View Heritages.”

    It is called “observatory”, but actually there is no relevant facility. If you don’t pay attention, you might overlook it by passing. The view over Kannawa area is not bad. Unfortunately, on the day...

  • Ao-no-domon
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    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.

    Enjoy nature and some histrical things around here and feed the carps for relax. Now, July 10th, it might too hot to walk aroud. In Autumn is the best season to visit.

  • Kumano Magaibutsu
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    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibuhirano
    A group of stone carvings made into bare rock in the late Heian period (794–1185) which are believed to be the oldest Buddhist imagery in the nation. There are two carvings—an eight meter tall image of Fudo Myoo (Acala, the God of Fire) and a 7.7 meter tall image of Dainichi-nyorai (Vairocana); both are among the largest such Magaibutsu (Buddhist imagery carved into bare stone) in the country and are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties and as well as a Historic Site. In order to view the statues, it is necessary to climb a steep set of stone steps; accordingly, visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear. Walking stick rentals are also available. The figures may be viewed until evening.

    Following Fukiji-oodou we visited Kumano-magaibutsu (stone Buddhist statues carved on rock) not far away. These statues date back to the late Heian period, probably 11th to 12th century, and is the...

  • Fuki-ji Temple
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    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibufuki 2395
    A Tendai Buddhist temple standing silently along Prefectural Route 655 in Bungotakada City. Erected in the Heian period (794–1185) as a shrine in the Usa Jingu Shrine complex, the temple’s principle object of worship, a seated wooden figure of Amitabha Tathagatta, is designated an Important Cultural Property. Together with the Phoenix Hall at the Byodoin and the Golden Hall at the Chuson-ji Temple, the temple’s Great Hall is counted one of the three most outstanding halls devoted to an image of Amitabha in Japan. Designated a National Treasure, the Great Hall is also the oldest wooden structure in Kyushu. The Fukinotou inn adjoining the Great Hall for those looking to have a quiet and relaxing stay.

    Beautiful amazingly preserved temple, well not entirely - there are spots on the walls with graffiti made by local kids who used it as their playground in the 1950s but it makes it all the more...

  • Sapporo Beer Kyushu Hita Brewery
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    Oita Pref. Hitashi Takase 6979
    A beer brewery situated along the Hita bypass in Takase, Hita City. The brewery makes its beers using exclusively underground water from Hita. Visitors can take a free tour of the facility and visit the brewery’s gallery. There are also the Black Label and Ebisu paid tours which include beer tasting. In the paid tasting corner, visitors can sip on draft beer. The brewery’s shop sells exclusive merchandise. In the Hita Mori no Beer Garden, visitors can barbecue, or shop for local specialty products in the adjoining Mori-no-Kaze facility.

    Visited this place together with Hita-Mamedamachi. Took a cab here as it was more convenient. There had guided tours but due to time constraint we did a self guided tour. It was ok for us. The beer...

  • Former Residence of Fukuzawa Yukichi / Fukuzawa Memorial Museum
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    Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture, 586
    A historic building and museum located in Rusui-machi, Nakatsu City. Famed intellectual and historic figure Fukuzawa Yukichi was born as the second son of a low-ranking samurai in Nakatsu Domain, and the remain of residence where he spent his early childhood and the former residence where he spent his later life are preserved here. The on-site museum contains exhibits on Fukuzawa’s life and looks at the man from a variety of angles.

    The museum was 15 minutes of walk away from the Nakatsu Station. And the entrance fee was 400 yen per adult. The museum consisted of two parts:a museum and Fukuzawa Sans old house. The both...

  • Oita Fragrance Museum
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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...

  • Ryumon Falls
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    Osu Pref.
    A waterfall located in Matsugi Ryumon, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County, Oita Prefecture. The two-tiered falls drops 26 meters, and visitors can enjoy the area's lush natural beauty interweaving lush greenery in spring and fall foliage in autumn. The falls are also known for the waterfall sliding that can be enjoyed on the lower section in summer. A caravan campground operates nearby during this time as well. The Ryumon Falls Opening Summer Festival is held in July.

    天然の滑り台です。一番上まで行くのは鎖とかを伝って上がりますが結構怖い です。子供は厳しい。結構すべります。下でヘルメットを借りましょう。 おにぎり程度の軽食は食べられます。 入口に温泉があり、帰りに入れます。 気持ちいいです。 Natural Water slide. So So scary. You will slide on the rock so you need to...

  • Makiodo
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    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibumaki 1796
    A Buddhist temple situated along Prefectural Route 655 in Tashibumaki, Bungotakada City. The temple is one of the groups of Rokugo Manzan temples found on the Kunisaki Peninsula. The temple once flourished as the greatest of the eight head Rokugo Manzan temples but its 36 buildings were almost completely destroyed in a fire. The temple possesses numerous National Important Cultural Property-designated Buddhist statues, including a wooden seated figure of Amitabha, the temple’s principal object of worship; and wooden statues of the Four Heavenly Kinds which stand guard around it. The grounds encompass an observatory and Kodai Park, which contains a group of stone Rokugo Manzan structures.

    Rare wooden statues on display. This temple combo Shinto divinities and Buddhist deities. The wooden hall (photo) was built during the zero period.

  • B-Con Plaza
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    Oita Pref. Beppushi Yamanotechou 12-1
    A multipurpose complex situated along Fujimi-dori Street in Yamanote-cho, Beppu City. Facilities include a convention hall able to accommodate up to 8,000 people; an international conference room with equipment for simultaneous interpretation of six languages; Philharmonia Hall, a concert hall and theater able to accommodate about 1,200 people; and reception hall outfitted with a nine face, high vision video system. The complex’ 125-meter tower also serves as an observatory offering a sweeping view of Beppu City.

    The tower is easy walking from the main core of Beppu. Its nice to walk through the park. Entrance to the Global Tower is behind the convention centre. There is an elevator to take you to the...

  • Sato no Eki Kannawa
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    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kitadyu 1 pair
    A commercial complex situated along the Kyushu-Odan Road in Kitaju, Beppu City. Facilities include a shop selling seafood, agricultural products, local liquors, and other specialty products from Oita; Jo de Kiya, a restaurant which serves local, “hell steamed” dishes using hot spring steam; and, in a separate building, the adjoining Yume Tamatebako hot spring bathhouse, where visitors can bathe in more than 10 different varieties of baths. Jo de Kiya has open terrace seating and here customers can enjoy fresh-steamed seafood, meats, and vegetables, along with a great view.

    鉄輪温泉は、街のいたる所から蒸気が出ていて 温泉に来た風情を味わうことができます。 この蒸気を利用して食材の調理を地元の方々はやっていますが、いざ観光客となるとなかなかわからないものです。 今回訪問した里の駅は、食材は店内でも販売していますが、種類は限られます。 持ち込み料金を払えば、他で買った材料を持ち込めるので今回は、一部持ち込みしました。 持ち込みができるのは、蒸し料理ができる食材だけで他は...

  • Chojabaru Visitor Center
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    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 255-33
    The visitor center for Aso Kuju National Park situated along the Yamanami Highway in Tano, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. This center boasts a superb view of the Kuju Mountains, and the Tadewara Wetlands, covered by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, sprawls behind the center. The center contains exhibits on the plant and animal life in the area and wooden walkways lead from the center to the wetlands.

    We needed help with the installation of the snow chain onto our tires (didnt expect snow in kyushu mid DEC)...and we went to get help at the visitor centre hopefully to get help of any kind... But to...

  • Inazumi Underwater Limestone Cave
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    Oita Pref. Bungoonoshi Miemachinakaduru 300
    The Inazumi Underwater Limestone Cave was formed 300 million years ago in the Paleozoic era, and took its current form after being submerged in the Aso volcano eruption 300,000 years ago. It is one of the world’s more unusual underwater limestone caverns, replete with underwater stalactites, coral stones and helictites. It is possible to walk around and see inside of the caves. The sound of water trickling down with quiet echoes into the “reverb pond” and the sight of the beautiful green “emerald spring” are mysterious wonders not be missed.

    The cave was formed something like 300 million years ago but in its present form, some 300,000 years ago. That in itself is quite impressive; however, the stalactites were a little disappointing...

  • OITA ART MUSEUM
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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...

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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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