History / Culture / Tour Spots in Oita Area

  • 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...

  • 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 The castle tower was rebuilt in 1964 and now houses exhibits of swords, clothing and historical documents related to the Okudaira clan.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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    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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Usa-jingu Shrine
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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。

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kangien
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    Oita Pref. Hitashi Tansou 2-2-13
    A historic building located in 2 Chome Tanso, Hita City. This famous small private school, opened by Hita-born, late Edo period Confucian scholar Hirose Tanso, counted among its graduates such names as Omura Masujiro and Takano Choei. Today, visitors can view the building for free and, in the adjoining Kangien Educational Research Center, view exhibits on the school and its students.

    This has once been one of the 3 biggest and well-reputed private school in Japan. At most, they once had 200+ students. The owner was a very famous local scholar and quite a few of his family...

  • Sasamuta Shrine
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    36 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Oitashi Souda 1644
    A Shinto shrine located in Soda, Oita City. The shrines origins date back the building of a small “hokora” wayside shrine on the order of ancient Emperor Ojin. A renowned destination for enjoying wisteria blossoms, a giant wisteria plant said to be 450 years old grows on the grounds. During the peak blooming period in early May, the shrine holds a wisteria festival which attracts many visitors.

    This place is just a few minutes away from our neighborhood. A Japanese Shinto Shrine in Oita. I invite my friends every year in the Spring to see the Wisreria (Fuji) flowers in Sasamuta Shrine...

  • Yufuin Station Art Hall
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    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.

  • Trick 3D art Yufuin
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    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...

  • Yusuhara Hachimangu Shrine
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    33 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Oitashi Yahata 987
    A Shinto shrine located in Kamiyahata, Oita City. A deity was ceremonially transferred here from Usa Jingu Shrine in 827, after which this shrine became the most important in the ancient Bungo Province. The grounds are home to a giant camphor tree said to be over 3,000 years old and which has been designated a National Natural Monument. The shrine’s Nandaimon (the Great South Gate), rebuilt in 1866, is covered with stunning carvings. The gate is also known as Higurashimon, which means a gate from sunrise to sundown, implying that one never gets tired of contemplating it.

    車で一番近くの駐車場までいきましたが、歩いて登っている方も見かけました。道が狭いのとトラックなどに出合うので注意は必要です。御朱印をもらっている人が多くいました。初めて行きましたが自然の中にあり、古い建物や、絵がとても雰囲気があり良かったです。 下から歩くのはかなり大変だと思います

  • Kuncho Sake Brewery Museum
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    35 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Hitashi Mamedamachi 6-31
    "This museum inside the sake brewery ""Kuncho Shuzo"" is located along Kamimachi-dori Street in Mameda-machi, Hita City. This is part of the sake storehouse with Edo-period (1603-1868) architecture located in a national important traditional architecture preservation district, and exhibits tools for sake-making used until about 1955. Facilities such as a shop using sake warehouse built from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the Taisho period (1912-1926), a sweets shop using sake, and a baker studio with an adjoining cafe are gathered in the area."

    A very old sake factory with 200+ years. It shows various sake making tool in old stage. It is right at the end of the walking street. Good to make it as a start of the visit. The sake selling...

  • Oita Prefectural Museum of History
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    24 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...

  • Kyushu Electric Power Hacchobaru Pavilion
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    25 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Yutsubo Hatchohara 601
    A museum adjoining the Hatchobaru Power Plant in Yutsubo, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County, Oita Prefecture. The museum contains exhibits which use informational panels and videos to explain the mechanisms behind geothermal power generation. The facility also offers a 60-minute guided tour of the power plant and museum, giving visitors the chance to see the largest geothermal power plant in Japan.

    九電の発電所内にある訪問者用の施設。この展示館の先は広い発電所になっている。ここでの地熱発電の仕組みなどを、説明してもらえる。

  • Rentaro Taki Memorial Museum
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    25 Reviews
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    Oita Taketa-shi Taketa 2120-1
    "A museum located in Taketa, Taketa City. The museum operates out of the estate where musician Rentaro Taki, composer of the famous song ""Kojo no Tsuki (The Moon Over the Ruined Castle),"" lived for two years up to the age of 14. The museum contains exhibits concerning the life of Taki, including handwritten music scores, letters, photographs, and images."

    Taki Rentaro studied music composition in Japan and Germany in the late 1800s. During his short life (died at age 23), he composed a songbook and several classical pieces. This modest house served...

  • Yufuin Stained glass museum
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    26 Reviews
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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.

    I tried to make Stained glass at here. They teach me how to make it kindly. It’s interesting. It’s needed around 1.5 hours. Price will be 3000-5000 JP YEN. It depends on your design.

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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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