Spots in Oita Area

  • Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden
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    4.0
    338 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...

  • Furuzono Stone Buddhas
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    4.5
    206 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Harajiri Falls
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Park Place Oita
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    4.0
    54 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.

    Especially for foreigners looking for clothes and shoes. I have found that many of their shops come in my sizes (5ft4in usually wear a medium size). I have a hard time finding clothes in Japan that...

  • Oita Prefectural Art Museum
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    4.0
    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...

  • Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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    3.0
    14 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.

    フードコートとうたってはいるものの、ほとんど種類はなく、混雑もしているし、飲食スペースをもうちょっと広げても良かったのではないかな〜って思いました。屋外スペースがいっぱいあるんだから・・・・。ここはもう行かないと思います。

  • Inazumi Underwater Limestone Cave
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • 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...

  • Sasamuta Shrine
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    4.0
    36 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.

    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...

  • Yusuhara Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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

  • Toyonokuni Kenko Land
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Minamikasugamachi 12-5
    A hot spring bathing facility adjoining the Hotel Toyonokuni business hotel in Minamikasuga-machi, Oita City. Offering a variety of baths and saunas, facilities include an air bubble bath, tourmaline bath, and lie-down bath incorporating ultrasound and water jets. There’s also a body care room which can be used free of charge, a large dining area, and Japanese izakaya pub.

    友人たちと外で飲んで、帰って寝るだけ。翌朝は大きなお風呂の温泉につかって帰る。そういう使い方にはいいかもしれません。格安ですし。設備や部屋は至って普通。ただ、清掃も行き届いていて気持ちよく過ごせました。

  • Umitama Experience Park “Tsukumi Dolphin Island”
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
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    Oita Pref. Tsukumishi Youra 2218-10
    An activity facility located in Youra, Tsukumi City. Dedicated to human-dolphin interaction and healing, it offers visitors opportunities to take in a dolphin show, feed the dolphins, take a commemorative photo, touch an actual dolphin, or even swim with dolphins. Visitors can also come in contact with seals, penguins, and ocean fish.

    I had an exclusive trip to this little paradise tucked in Tsukumi city, who knew that umi tamago own the establishment, who knew you can actually swim with dolphins in Kyushu, it blows my mind. The...

  • Sekizaki Kaisei-kan
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    4.0
    27 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.

    Although it took a long time from my place to this Observatory ( I was from Beppu, so i had to take the train to Tozaki then bus to Saganoseki and taxi to this observatory), it was really worth the...

  • Yujaku Park
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
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    Oita Bungoono-shi Asajimachi Kamiotsuka
    A park located in Kamiotsuka Asaji-machi, Bungo-ono City. The park was originally the site of a villa built by Nakagawa Uemon, chief retainer of Oka Domain. Centering on two ponds, there are some 500 maples planted on the grounds, and the park is a renowned destination for enjoying fall foliage. The park holds a maple festival in November during which time there are live performances and the trees are lit up at night.

    素晴らしい紅葉でした。九州の紅葉は東北地方に比べると見劣りしますが、此処は味わい深い晩秋を彩る紅葉です。こんな素晴らしい公園を大分県民だけの楽しみにしたくない、と思った次第です。

  • 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。

  • Furen Stalactite Groto
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • Roadside Station Saganoseki
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Transportation
    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.

    小さな道の駅でしたが海を見渡せる綺麗な景色を見ることができる道の駅でした。展望台が壊れていて立ち入り禁止だった点は残念でしたが海岸まで駐車場から降りることができた点はよかったです。食事処は小さいしちょっと食べるのは抵抗があるな…という雰囲気でした。トイレ休憩には良いと思います。

  • Kanzaki Onsen Tenkai-no-Yu
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Kanzaki 62-8
    A hot spring bathhouse located in Kanikui, Kozaki, Oita City. The bathhouse’ baths are constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style from a natural hot spring whose waters are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, frozen shoulders, and motor paralysis. Facilities include an outdoor bath with a scenic view, a large indoor bath area with sauna, and seven reservable private baths with views of Beppu Bay, including a hinoki cypress bath, barrel bath, tatami mat room style bath, and steam bath.

    スタッフの対応が悪すぎる。 家族風呂を30分で追い出された。 手書きの間違った入浴開始時間見せつけられて「私たちは絶対間違ってない。あなたたちが間違ってる」と一方的にこちらがある程度の証拠を見せても聞く耳持たず、とても客に対する態度ではなかった。もう2度と行かないし、おすすめもしたくない

  • Roadside Station Ume
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Transportation
    Oita Pref. Saikishi Umeminamitabaru 2513-5
    A roadside station standing on National Route 326 in minamitabaru Ume, Saiki City near Utagenka Bridge. Equipped with a farmer’s market and restaurant, the station offers local fruits and vegetables as well as dishes such as a bite-sized deer steak set meal. The station’s karaage Japanese fried chicken, available for takeout, is also popular. The station is adjoined by the Utagenka no Sato Ume Camp Village campground.

    The tendon (tempura) was quite good and most of the dishes were very decent. Menu includes the local boar and deer which was interesting for us.

  • 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?

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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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