Spots in Oita City Area

  • Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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    4.5
    422 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Kanzaki Uto 3078 - 22
    A large aquarium located in Oita City, Oita Prefecture next to Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, famed for its Japanese macaque exhibit. Designed around the theme of an aquarium where visitors can make friends with the animals, Umitamago is filled with exhibits and attractions which let visitors experience sea and river life up close and personal, including aquariums which recreate natural environments, a variety of shows, and opportunities to get close and even touch animals. The aquarium’s giant tank, containing some 90 species and 1,500 individual sea creatures, is truly stunning. There’s also the popular and hilarious walrus show and the Asobeach play area, ensuring that Umitamago is fun for the whole family, from children to adults.

    My husband and I went to visit this aquarium while we were in Oita. It is a convenient bus ride out of town, about halfway to Beppu. We arrived just in time to see the show. it was so interesting...

  • Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden
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    4.0
    343 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Kanzaki 3098-1
    Approximately a three-minute walk from the Takasakiyama bus stop, this zoo is located at the foot of Mt. Takasaki, with a distinctive shape reminiscent of a bell-shape. It is believed that wild monkeys lived in the area since at least around 1698 because of their description in documents from that time. The mayor of Oita City thought it could be used as a tourism resource and to prevent damage to agricultural crops in 1952, so they began to get gathered up with bait. There are currently two groups that have a total of 1,000 monkeys. In addition to being able to watch friendly monkeys up close, the potato feeding that happens twice a day is a must-see.

    Know that this zoo is up a mountain; however, they offer a tram to take you if you prefer not to walk up the mountain. They have signs not to bring food, and to watch your items. The monkeys can...

  • JR Oita City
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    4.0
    240 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Oita-shi Kanamemachi 1-14
    This commercial complex, connected directly to JR Oita Station, is outfitted with a shopping mall, cinema, and hotel. In Amu Plaza Oita, you can enjoy restaurants and fashionable apparel shops, boutiques, and interior decoration stores. A popular new tourist destination where visitors can spend an entire fun-filled day, other facilities include the City Spa Tenku bathhouse, which offers a delightful view of downtown Oita City and Beppu Bay; and a rooftop square where seasonal trees and flowering plants are grown. The complex also offers rental event spaces and conference rooms.

    It is a complex of JR station and shopping facilities, such as Amu Plaza, Bungo Niwasaki Market etc. I remember that there was no such a beautiful station building as I went to Oita a few years ago...

  • Oita Prefectural Art Museum
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    4.0
    132 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Park Place Oita
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Kouendorinishi 2-1
    This large-scale shopping mall has a movie theater and a rooftop garden. Inside you’ll find about 160 shops, from fashion to miscellaneous goods. There are plentiful facilities for kids and many services for parents, including a big playground, a kids’ space, baby rooms, and a nursing room. This makes the mall very popular with families with kids.

    全国の地方都市に多くある郊外型のAEON MALLです。市内中心部からのアクセスは車で15分程、近くにある住宅地へのバス便でも行くことができますが、バスの運賃は比較的高めのような気がします。周辺にはサッカーや昨年ラグビーワールドカップが行われた昭和電工ドームがあります。

  • CITY SPA Tenku
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    4.5
    112 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Oita-shi Kanamemachi 1-14 JR Oita City 19-21F

    It is a bathing facility on the top floor of Blossom Hotel, run by JR group. From the ground floor of Amu Plaza, you can use a direct elevator. Remarkable is the view from bathroom, especially the...

  • OITA ART MUSEUM
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Oita Ekimae
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Oita-shi Kanamemachi
  • Sasamuta Shrine
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    西寒多神社(ささむたじんじゃ)は、大分県大分市寒田(おおいたけんおおいたしそうだ)にある豊後国一宮だ。柞原八幡宮(ゆすはらはちまんぐう)とこの西寒多神社が豊後国一宮とされている。祭神は、西寒多大神(ささむたのおおかみ)西寒多大神は、天照皇大御神(あまてらすおおみかみ)、月読尊(つきよみのみこと)、天忍穂耳命(あまのおしほみみのみこと)の総称とされる。 西寒多神社 大分県大分市寒田1644 097...

  • Roadside Station Saganoseki
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Oitashi Ohira 989-6
    A roadside station standing on the Ehime Kaido Highway in Ohira, Oita City. The station sells agricultural products and seafood products such as Seki aji (horse mackerel), Seki saba (mackerel), kurome algae, and seaweed caught in Saganoseki. There’s also a restaurant area which serves mackerel and horse mackerel seafood rice bowls as well as curry and noodles made with local specialty ingredients. You can also buy soft serve ice cream made with goat’s milk and topped with a kurome algae sauce.

    関の魚が食べられるかなと思い寄ってみました。食事は漬けの海鮮があるくらい、その他の物販もあまりありませんでした。景色はすごく良いので休憩にはよいかなと思いました。

  • Oita Gokoku Jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Maki 1371
    A Shinto shrine located in Maki, Oita City. The shrine was founded in 1875 to enshrine those warriors who died in the Saga Rebellion the previous year. Thereafter, the shrine also came to be used to enshrine those who fell in the Satsuma Rebellion and the Shinpuren Rebellion, then those who died in wars from the First Sino-Japanese War onward. The temple’s grounds are a renowned destination for viewing plum and cherry blossoms in spring. A scenic lookout on the grounds also boasts a sweeping view of Oita City.

    物悲しくも穏やかに雄大に厳かな葬礼を誇ります。 参拝に幾度も行きます。 先輩方の鎮魂は後輩の輩共の役目。 社会的責務を忘れない為に年1-2回訪れています。

  • Isshinji Temple
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Megusuno 1305
    A Buddhist temple located in Megusono, Oita City. The temple was established in 1963 by a Buddhist monk, Abe. The grounds contain a 20-meter tall statue of Acala, the largest in Japan: and a 17-meter tall statue of Bhaisajyaguru. The temple’s grounds are also the best place to view double-flowered cherries in western Japan and are planted with some eight varieties of double-flowered cherry tree. The temple holds a double-flowered cherry blossom festival in April.

    他の人の口コミにもありましたが、大音量の音楽がうるさいです ボタン桜の花は、とってもキレイで、境内も広くて起伏があるので、駐車場から、結構歩きます 野球球団に、ご親戚がいるせいか、あまりお寺らしさは、ないかな?

  • Sekizaki Kaisei-kan
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Oita-shi Saganoseki 4057-419
    A scenic overlook and astronomical observatory located on the eastern edge of Oita City in Saganoseki. The astronomical observatory is outfitted with a 60-centimeter reflecting telescope and here visitors can observe seasonal astronomical phenomena, as well as the sun and bright stars during the day, and a glittering night sky in the evening. The scenic overlook commands a sweeping view of the Hoyo Strait; there's also a museum area with space-themed exhibits such as meteorites gathered at the south pole, and exhibits on the nearby ocean; a shop; and a restaurant. In addition, events such as astronomical observation and crafting classes are held here.

    道の駅佐賀関から近そうだったのでレンタカーで向かってみました。 往路は山の中を抜ける狭く曲がりくねった道路で場所によっては対向車が来たらすれ違うのに苦労しそうです。復路は眺めの良さそうな海沿いの道路を選択しましたがこれが大失敗、山の中の道路以上に狭くて対向車が来たらアウトで2度もバックしました。確かに海沿いで昼間なら景観は良いのですがガードレールが無い箇所もあるので危険です(夜間通行は絶対に避ける...

  • Tokiwa Wasada Town
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Oita-shi Tamazawa
    This hybrid shopping center, 2.2 kilometers from the Oita-Mitsuyoshi Interchange on the Higashikyushu Expressway, is located on the southwest side of Oita City. The center is comprised of four districts - two for large specialty stores, one Shopping Town area, and one Festival Town area. Tenants include a supermarket; cinema complex, videogame arcade, and other leisure facilities; electronics store, sporting goods store, and other large stores; restaurants; and fashionable apparel shops, boutiques, and an array of other specialty shops.

    買い物の後に甘いものが食べたくて入りました。 抹茶スイーツが色々あります。 洋菓子系が苦手な男性でも、ここなら一緒におやつタイムできるので助かります。

  • J:COM Horuto Hall OITA
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Oita-shi Kanaikeminami 1-5-1
    A culture facility located in front of Oita Station in Kanaikeminami, Oita City. Facilities include a large hall capable of accommodating 1,200 people, a small hall, studios, meeting rooms, and more. The facility is used to hold concerts, plays, and other performances. There are also a variety of other cultural, social services, and educational facilities such as the Oita Citizens Library, regional children’s development support office, training room, kitchen studio, and café and restaurant.
  • Hoashi Honke Fushunkan
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Oita-shi Nakahetsugi 4381
    This culture space, a 10-minute drive from the Oita-Mera Interchange on the Higashikyushu Expressway, stands in a part of the city where many old historic buildings can be found. The facility operates out of a remodeled residence which once belonged to the Hoashi family, who built their fortune through sake brewing. The old residence' roughly 6,600 square meter grounds are dotted with structures built between the mid-Edo period and the early Showa period. The main residence and an additional detached building are used as galleries displaying and selling clothing crafted with an emphasis on the materials used, ceramics, and lifestyle good such as environmentally conscious items. There are also seven other facilities on the grounds: A cafe, restaurant, confectionary shop, souvenir shop, free-use space, sake brewery with a museum, and garden. (Note that the cafe is currently closed due to renovations.)

    昔の蔵を改装したカフェがあります。ランチに行きました、女性がたくさんいました。確かに女性向けの空間です。和風のお店ですがパスタを食べたと記憶してます。美味しかったです。二階はギャラリーがありました。

  • Yoshinoyu Maisenka
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    3.0
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Oita-shi Higashibaru 2-1-18
    "This day-use hot spring bathhouse, a 10-minute drive from the Oita Interchange on the Higashikyushu Expressway, is operated by fugu cuisine restaurant Yoshinoya. Designed to be a relaxing space just for adults, usage is limited to persons of junior high school age and older. The bathhouse' large indoor baths are supplied with free-flowing spring water straight from the source; sunlight pours into the bathing rooms during the day, while in the evening bathers can take in a view of the sun setting on Beppu Bay. Each month on the 26th the bathhouse holds a special ""bath day"" nighttime rose bath event for women. The bathhouse also has four private reservable baths for groups ranging from two to up to three people. The waters of the bathhouse alkaline simple hot spring are said to treat such ailments as muscle soreness, joint pain, and fatigue."

    濃いめの茶色、とろみのある泉質でやや温度は高め。源泉掛け流し!温泉が濃いと感じる。贅沢な湯。入ると肌がツルツルになる。 小さい内風呂1つで洗い場も少ないがそもそも入ってる人が少ない。窓からの景色は良さそうだがあまりよく見えない。露天風呂がないのが残念。外気を入れるためか窓が空いていて洗い場にいると寒い。 脱衣場は古いながらも綺麗にされていて清掃が行き届いている印象。 お湯は良いがそれ以外が残念な印...

  • Compal Hall
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Funaimachi 1-5-38
    A cultural complex located in 1 Chome, Funai-machi, Oita City. Facilities include a 500-seat culture hall used for concerts and theater performances; a gymnasium equal in size to two basketball courts, a judo and kendo hall, and other sports facilities; a multipurpose hall; an astronomical observation dome; a library; a community hall; meeting rooms; and a café. From arts to sports, a wide variety of events are held here.
  • Oita City Historical Museum
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Oita-shi Kokubu 960-1
    This museum, a two-minute walk from JR Bungo-Kokubu Station, adjoins Bungo Kokubunji Historic Park. Serving as a space where local residents can learn about the history of the area, the museum's exhibits cover prehistoric times to the early modern period and primarily focus on the Edo period. The museum building resembles a Nara period Buddhist temple. Inside, exhibits include a 1/10th scale model of the Kokubunji Temple's seven story pagoda, as well as folk artefacts such as drawings and pottery sake cups. The museum holds three themed exhibitions throughout the year as well as one special exhibition. In addition, the museum holds a class for local residents to rediscover and become more familiar with the history of the area, and activity classes such as making ancient magatama comma-shaped stone jewels.

    大分市の歴史がよくわかりました。 なかなか、歴史的にも、深い土地であるのがよくわかりました。 スタッフさんたちも親切です。

  • Tanoura Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Oita-shi Kanzaki Hama 4253
    "A 10-minute drive from JR Oita Station and a 15-minute drive from the Oita Interchange on the Oita Expressway. This seaside park is located right next to the Tanoura bus stop. The park has been designated a ""Lover's Sanctuary"" by the Japan Tourism Agency-backed Lover's Sanctuary Project NPO. If you look closely, you can find heart-shaped stones in the stone wall of the park's small chapel building. In most years, swimming at the beach is permitted from early July through late August, but be aware that the hours when the beach is open may differ occasionally during this period. One of the great things about the park is the efforts that have been made to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy themselves here. For example, the park has off road wheelchairs available. During the two month span it is open, the beach sees around 60 thousand visitors."

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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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