Nature Spots in Oita Area

  • 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...

  • Shinyabakei Hitome Hakkei (eight different views at a glance)
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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.

  • Higashi Shiiya Falls
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    Oita Pref. Usashi Ajimumachihigashishiya
    "A waterfall located in Higashishiiya, Ajimu-machi, Usa City. Dropping straight down 85 meters, the waterfall resembles Kegon Falls in Nikko and is thus also known as the ""Kyushu Kegon."" The falls contrast beautifully with the surrounding spring verdure and autumn foliage of the vally and has even been chosen as the 100 elections of the waterfall in Japan."

    We cycled here from Beppu having brought our tandem with us to Japan. It’s a slow uphill climb but the incline never becomes very steep it’s just constant. 2 km from the main road at a well signed...

  • Furen Stalactite Groto
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    Oita Pref. Usukishi Notsumachitomari
    "A limestone cave located in Tomari, Notsu-machi, Usuki City. Discovered in 1926, the cave is 500 meters deep and has been designated a National Natural Monument. Largely unaffected by external influences like weathering caused by the outside air, the interior of the cave is a beautiful, lustrous almost pure white. Visitors to the cave can view 21 picturesque groupings of stalagmites including stalactites with names like the ""Tenjokai (celestial world),"" ""Remyokaku (miracle tower),"" and ""Zuiun-no-taki (waterfall of auspicious clouds)."""

    鍾乳洞は全国にありますが、ここは特に美しいのに人が少なくておすすめです。入口の建物も昭和感があって面白いです。

  • Lake Kinrin
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    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami
    This unusual lake is fed by both hot and cold springs welling up under the lake bottom, resulting in warm waters year round. In winter, steam wafts off of the lake’s surface, creating a fairy tale-like sight. It is said that early Meiji period Confucian scholar Mori Kuso gave the lake its name, Kinrin-ko (“Gold Scale Lake”) after he saw the scales of a fish glittering like gold in the lake’s waters against the light of the setting sun.
  • Harajiri Falls
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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.
  • Chinda Falls
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    Oita Pref. Bungoonoshi Onomachiyada
    The collective name for a 20-meter-high, 100-meter-wide-waterfall (Ontaki) on the main current of the Ono River and a smaller 18 meter tall, four-meter-wide waterfall (Mentaki) on the Hirai River tributary, the falls are nicknamed “the Niagara of Ono.” A walkway draws close to the larger waterfall and the view from the platform jutting out at the end is stunning. This famous waterfall was even painted by the renowned Muromachi period artist Sesshu Toyo.
  • Mt. Hiko
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    Fukuoka Prefecture Tagawa-gun, Oita Prefecture Nakatsu-shi
    A 1,199-meter mountain straddling Tagawa County, Fukuoka Prefecture and Nakatsu City in Oita Prefecture. A slope car on the mountain can be used to visit destinations such as Hikosan-jingu Shrine and its copper torii gate while enjoying beautiful scenery during the ride. Selected as one of Japan's three great Hiko mountains and a designated National Historic Site, the mountain is visited by large numbers of tourists.
  • Yabakei Gorge
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    Osu Pref.
    "A gorge sprawling along the Yamakuni River basin in Nakatsu City. It is comprised of the four areas of Honyabakei Gorge, Shinyabakei Gorge, Okuyabakei Gorge, and Urayabakei Gorge, and visitors can enjoy naturally lush, picturesque scenery interwoven with forest and the stunning rock formations of the gorge. A renowned destination for fall foliage, the ""Hitome Hakkei (eight different views at a glance)"" found in Shinyabakei Gorge is particularly famous for its commanding view of the surrounding picturesque peaks"
  • 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.
  • Kyusuikei Goege
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    Osu Pref.
    "A valley following the Kusu River basin in Tano, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County, Oita Prefecture. Known for its beautiful scnery consisting of virgin forest sprawling on steep slopes spanning both sides of the river for two kilometers, the area sees particularly large numbers of visitors during the fall foliage season. Due to its many hairpin curves, the area is also called ""13 Curves."""
  • Kunisaki Peninsula
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    Kunisaki, Kunisaki-shi, Oita Prefecture
    A peninsula located in northeastern Oita Prefecture. Oita Airport is found on the peninsula. The area centering on the peninsula's highest peak, Mt. Futago, is also known as one of the first places in Kyushu where Buddhism and Buddhism-Shinto syncretism flourished, and a group of temples dedicated to Tendai, a Buddhist sect which originated here, is collectively referred to Rokugo Manzan. Today, the area is still dotted with numerous shrines and temples, such as the Fuki-ji Temple, whose large hall has been designated a national Treasure; and Usa-jingu Shrine, the head shrine of all Hachiman shrines.
  • Mt. Takasaki
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    Oita Pref. Oitashi Kanzaki
    A 628-meter-high mountain facing Beppu Bay is located on the border between Oita City and Beppu City. Known as a habitat for monkeys since ancient times, and feeding the monkeys was found to prevent them from damaging the crops of nearby farms. In 1953 the Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden was opened on the mountain, and today some 1,200 monkeys live on the mountain, and it is a popular destination to see monkeys living in an almost completely natural state.
  • Hakusui Reservoir Dam (Hakusui Dam)
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    Kashiwa-cho, Taketa City, Oita Prefecture
    "A dam on the Ono River straddling Tsugikura, Taketa City and Kashiwabara, Ogi-machi in Taketa City. The dam was built in 1938 with the aim of eliminating agricultural water shortages downriver. The dam incorporates a design called ""mushagaeshi"" which is intended to reduce water pressure and preserve the riverbed, and the dam is characterized by the constant stream of water flowing over its curving surface. Also known as the ""most beautiful dam in Japan,"" it has been designated a National Important Cultural Property."
  • Kuju Highland
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    Kuzumi Town, Taketa City, Oita Prefecture
    A highland area sprawling in Kuju Kuju-machi, Taketa City. The highland is a part of Aso Kuju National Park. The field burnings conducted here in March are a traditional practice which stretches back several hundred years; the act preserves the beautiful grass covered plain, and the highland is used for grazing. The highland is dotted with cottages, other lodging facilities, campgrounds, hot spring bathhouses, tourist farms, and observatories.
  • Kijima Highland
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    Oita Pref. Beppushi Higashiyama
    A highland sprawling south of Mt. Tsurumi in Beppu City. The highland is host to a resort facility comprised of the Kijima Kogen Park amusement park, which also operates a skating rink in winter; the Kijima Kogen Golf Club; and the Kijima Kogen Hotel. The highland is a convenient 15-minute drive from the popular tourist destinations of Beppu and Yufuin.
  • Lake Kagurame
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    Oita Prefecture Beppu City Ezato
    A lake located southwest of downtown Beppu in Kagurame, Beppu City. It is a renowned destination for flowers with some 15 thousand Japanese irises spanning 80 varieties growing around the one-kilometer circumference of the lake. Many visitors come to take in the flowers while they are in bloom from June through July, and during this time an iris gazing session is also held.
  • Mt. Tsurumi (Aso-Kuju National Park)
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    Oita Pref. Beppushi Minamitateishi Samuhara
    Observatories can be found on Mt. Tsurumi, located on the west side of urban Beppu. There are four observatories on the mountain from which visitors can enjoy the beauty of Beppu Bay, glittering Beppu City at night, and the gorgeous scenery of the Kuju Mountains and Mt. Yufu. The top of the mountain is accessible by foot from Tsurumi Sanjo Station on the Beppu Ropeway.
  • Cape Nagasakibana
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    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Mime
    A cape located on the tip of the Kunisaki Peninsula in Mime, Bungotakada City. This is a resort destination which is comprised of facilities such as a flower park where some 20 million rapeseed flowers and 1.4 million sunflowers bloom seasonally, a swimming beach, campground, and restaurants. The Cape Nagasakibana Summer Festival is held on Marine Day, and an event which coincides with the blooming of flowers is also held on the cape. Visitors can also purchase Hananomisaki oils extracted from rapeseed and sunflowers.
  • Matama Beach
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    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Usuno
    A stretch of coast extending along National Route 213 in Usuno, Bungotakada City. Facing the Suo Sea off of the Kunisaki Peninsula, in summer visitors can also enjoy swimming here. Famous for its sunset, the coast has been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan’s 100 best sunset destinations. Particularly during low tide, a striping of tidal flats and the sunset reflecting off the ocean and multiple pools of water create a particularly beautiful view.

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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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