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Lake Spots in Oita Area

  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.

    We visited in mid April. The flowers were not blooming yet when we visited this place. Looks like barren land. Quite disappointing.

  • Lake Shidaka
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    Oita Prefecture Beppu City Shitaka 4380-1
    This lake is 600 meters above sea level and is located to the southwest of the city area of Beppu City. It is also a part of Aso-Kuju National Park. You can take a walk through rich nature including cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, and also enjoy camping, barbecuing and boating at the campsite set by the lake. In addition, there is also a promenade to Kagurame Lake, which is known as a famous spot for irises.
  • Asanai Lake
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    Oita Oita-shi Irikura
  • Amagaike
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    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Machida
  • Amagatani Reservoir
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    Oita Kusu-gun Kokonoemachi Yutsubo
  • Arahiranoike Pond
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    Oita Bungoono Ogatamachi Kudochi
  • Uji Ike
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    Oita Nakatsu-shi Yamakunimachi Morizane
  • Odanoike Pond
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    Oita Yufu-shi Yufuincho Kawanishi
  • Joshi Hata Reservoir
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    Oita Hita Amagasemachi Onagohata
  • Kawabe Dam
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    Oita Bungoono Miemachi Kawabe
  • Kusunoki Reservoir
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    Oita Kitsuki-shi Yamagamachi Yoshinowatari
  • Kogikunoike
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    Oita Pref. Usashi Yokkaichi
  • Serikawa Dam Lake
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    Oita Taketa-shi Naoirimachi Shimotagita
  • Soda no Ike
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    Oita Hita-shi Amagasemachi Ideguchi
  • Takumi no Ike
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    Oita Kusu-gun Kusumachi Ota
  • Tsujita Lake
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    Oita Oita-shi Fukumune
  • Tubakigahana
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    Oita Pref. Hitashi Maetsuemachiono
  • Tsuru Ke Haru no Ike
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    Oita Kusu-gun Kusumachi Ota

Oita Main Areas


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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