Travel / Tourism Spots in Oita Area

  • Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hot Springs Tour)
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    1643 Reviews
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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.

    Theres only two national class sight seeing points out of 10 in Beppu area. The Hell of Sea is the best one and you should never miss.

  • Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
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    553 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.

  • Beppu Tower
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    279 Reviews
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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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    206 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...

  • Roadside Station Yufuin
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    173 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.

  • Nakatsu Castle (Okudaira Clan Historical Museum)
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    173 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.

    Visited Nakatsu Castle on a free day from our Business stay in Nakatsu City. Interesting history and low cost entrance fee. Nice to sample some true Japanese culture during our busy schedule.

  • Ao-no-domon
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    130 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.

    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.

  • Harajiri Falls
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    73 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Bungoonoshi Ogatamachiharajiri 936-1
    This is an impressive waterfall 20 meters high and 120 meters wide is counted among Japan’s top 100 waterfalls and Oita Prefecture’s top 100 scenic beauties. It is unusual in that it appeared from the ground so suddenly, created 90,000 years ago with the eruption of Mt. Aso and the subsequent pyroclastic flow. It is also called the “Niagara of the Orient.” A suspension bridge spans the front and it is possible to walk close to the falling waters.

    the train took more than an hour from Beppu to Ogata station , both my husband and i enjoyed long walk so we decided to walk instead of taking taxi , it is about 3km from jr station to Harajirifall...

  • Beppu Yukemuri Observatory
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    143 Reviews
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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...

  • Oita Prefectural Art Museum
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    134 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...

  • Beppu Ropeway
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    114 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.

  • Fuki-ji Temple
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    106 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...

  • Kumano Magaibutsu
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    111 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...

  • Chojabaru Visitor Center
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    47 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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    84 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • Usa-jingu Shrine
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    5 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.

    八幡神社の総本社、宇佐神宮の鳥居、さすがに総本社に相応しい立派な鳥居です。参道もきれいに整えられていて、心もひきしまります。

  • 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...

  • Former Residence of Fukuzawa Yukichi / Fukuzawa Memorial Museum
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    72 Reviews
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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...

  • Shinyabakei Hitome Hakkei (eight different views at a glance)
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    41 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Yabakeimachishinyaba
    This is a ravine of broad leaf forest and open rugged rock tuff. Its name derives from the fact one can see eight stone peaks including Tobisuyama, Meotoiwa, and Oshikanagaonomine. One can enjoy seasonal scenery from the fresh green of early summer to the reds of autumn, but it is the autumn which is most beautiful. A stream of visitors come to see the beautiful natural shapes formed by the contrast of red, gold and remaining green leaves against the black of stone. A public parking facility lies just a five-minute walk away.

    I have visited this place only for once, but it was ver good to vie it in the early morning. As I was a environment freak, I have enjoyed the nature present here.

  • 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...

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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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