Travel / Tourism Spots in Oita Area

  • Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hot Springs Tour)
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    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...

  • Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
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    558 Reviews
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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.

  • Usa-jingu Shrine
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    344 Reviews
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Yufuin
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    172 Reviews
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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.

  • Furuzono Stone Buddhas
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    208 Reviews
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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."

    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...

  • Nakatsu Castle (Okudaira Clan Historical Museum)
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    176 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • Ao-no-domon
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    132 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • Beppu Ropeway
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    116 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Beppushi Minamitateishi Kanbara 10-7
    A ropeway built on Mt. Tsurumi located on the west side of urban Beppu. The ropeway’s large gondolas can accommodate 101 passengers and travel from Beppu Kogen Station 500 meters above sea level to Tsurumi Sanjo Station near the top of the mountain 1,300 meters above sea level in about 10 minutes. Each year on New Year’s Day the ropeway operates before sunrise and bustles with visitors come to see the first sunrise of the new year from the observatory at the top of the mountain.

    We went up there with our baby in a carrier. It was 0 degree Celsius so it was slightly cold. However, we walked up to the top of the mountain so it was not hot at all. It’s worth our time.

  • Oita Prefectural Art Museum
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    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...

  • Kumano Magaibutsu
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    114 Reviews
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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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    107 Reviews
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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...

  • Chojabaru Visitor Center
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    45 Reviews
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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...

  • Sapporo Beer Kyushu Hita Brewery
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    85 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Hitashi Takase 6979
    "A brewery located along the Hita Bypass in Oaza-Takase, Hita City. 100% of Hita's groundwater is used in the production of beer. At the ""SAPPORO THEATER"" (charged, one drink tasting included), visitors can enjoy a movie telling the history of Sapporo Beer and the brand story of Black Label. In addition, you can freely enjoy the huge production facilities and the YEBISU GALLERY during the free tour (free of charge). There is also a shop handling limited-sale goods and a restaurant ""Beer Forest Sapporo"" serving barbecue and other dishes."

    Lovely tour here... I really enjoyed myself. The cons first... The Bad I signed up for an English tour, but somehow got into a Japanese tour. Now I know Japanese at a intermediate level, however she...

  • Oita Fragrance Museum
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Nakatsu
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    28 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Kaku 814
    A roadside station standing on the Nakatsu bypass in Kaku, Nakatsu City. The station boasts the largest farmer’s market of any roadside station in the prefecture, and here visitors can purchase agricultural products, meats, dairy, and seafood. Dining establishments include a set meal section, karaage fried chicken section, and sweets and café section, and station visitors can enjoy daggertooth pike conger, a local specialty product, and other seafood delights; Nakatsu’s famous karaage fried chicken; coffee and sweet sets; and more.

    国道10号線、中津市加来の上り線側にある平成26にできた比較的新しい道の駅です。駐車場も広く、大型車用の駐車場も完備されていました。地場産品の販売所や飲食店もありましたが、平均的な道の駅だと思います。

  • Inazumi Underwater Limestone Cave
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    49 Reviews
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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...

  • Roadside Station Sugo
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    47 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Taketashi Sugou 989-1
    A roadside station situated along the Bungo Kaido Highway in Sugo, Taketa City. Here visitors can purchase sweetcorn, a local specialty product, other highland vegetables and processed foods or enjoy “Sugo Udon” noodles made with local vegetables in the adjoining restaurant. The station’s soft serve ice cream made with sweetcorn is also popular.

    親族に誘われてランチに行きました。地元の土産もあるし、便利でした。レストランは地元の有名店で、メンチカツ、唐揚げ他美味しかったです。

  • Global Tower
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    54 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Beppushi Yamanotechou 12-1
    A symbolic, 125-meter-tall tower located on the grounds of the B-Con Plaza multipurpose complex situated along Fujimi-dori Street in Yamanote-cho, Beppu City. Outfitted with an observation deck 100 meters above the ground, visitors can get a 360-degree, panoramic view of Beppu City. The observation deck is also popular because of its night view, selected for inclusion in a list of Japan’s “Night View Heritages.”

    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...

  • OITA ART MUSEUM
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Dowa no Sato Kusu
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    29 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Kusugunkusumachi Hoashi 2121
    A roadside station standing along National Route 387 in Hoashi, Kusu Town, Kusu County. The station sells meats such as Bungo beef; processed foods; and local agricultural products like shiitake mushrooms, a local specialty product; and well-reviewed Kusu Town rice, which has even been selected for Daijyosai, a ceremony that is carried out by the Emperor immediately following his accession to the throne. There are also a shop serving soft serve ice cream and other fast food, a shop selling fresh baked bread, as well as a restaurant serving noodles, curries, and set meals made with Bungo beef and other local ingredients.

    Chanced on this just as we exited from the highway. Fresh produce at very reasonable prices - sweet persimmons, perfect oranges and more. There’s also a lovely bakery with a decent range of freshly...

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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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