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  • Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 1208
    A bridge 173 meters high and 390 meters long. Completed in 2006, it is the longest pedestrian bridge in Japan. The scenery from the bridge is, in a word, superb, and those traversing its length can get sweeping views of such sights as Narukogawa Ravine and a stunning Shindo-no-taki waterfall, with larger and smaller sub-waterfalls. Visiting in fall to see the autumn foliage is particularly recommended.
  • Kuju Flower Park
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    4.0
    140 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Taketashi Kujumachikuju 4050
    A flower garden located in Kujumachi, Taketa City, Oita Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds, 800 meters above sea level, are filled with plants which flower throughout the year Some of the best times to visit include spring, when a carpet of mountain phlox cover the grounds as well as nemophila and tulips; summer, when the lavender blossom in profusion; and fall, when one million cosmos come into flower. Pets are also allowed in the park. In the park’s restaurant, visitors can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet centering around delicious vegetable dishes as well as jingisukan (lamb barbecue). No reservation is required to take part in one of the park’s dry flower wreath-making classes.

    I suppose this place is a MUST visit during the flower bloom time which is in September, i was there in November and there are nothing much to see,except for an indoor area, but is a nice stroll...

  • Chojabaru Visitor Center
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 255-33
    The visitor center for Aso Kuju National Park situated along the Yamanami Highway in Tano, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. This center boasts a superb view of the Kuju Mountains, and the Tadewara Wetlands, covered by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, sprawls behind the center. The center contains exhibits on the plant and animal life in the area and wooden walkways lead from the center to the wetlands.

    We needed help with the installation of the snow chain onto our tires (didnt expect snow in kyushu mid DEC)...and we went to get help at the visitor centre hopefully to get help of any kind... But to...

  • Kuju Winery
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Shopping
    Oita Pref. Taketashi Kujumachikuju Hiraki 3990-1
    A winery situated along Prefectural Route 669 in Kuju, Kuju-machi, Taketa City. The winery’s vineyard faces the Kuju Mountains and the winery harnesses the extreme temperature variations between night and day, characteristics of the highland climate, to grow its grapes and produce its wines. Visitors can sample the winery’s wines for free in the shop, and in addition to wine, they can purchase grape juice and local specialty products. The winery’s adjoining restaurant serves oven baked pizzas and other Italian dishes, and here customers can enjoy the winery’s own wines as well as highland vegetables.

    underwhelmimg experience wines are under par by Japanese wines standards. Not the friendliest staff.

  • Guernsey Farm
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Taketashi Kujumachikuju 4004-56
    A farm situated along Prefectural Route 669 in Kuju, Kuju-machi, Taketa City. The farm produces Golden Milk from Guernsey cows, a variety of cow of which there are only a few hundred in all of Japan. Visitors can enjoy pony rides, interact with animals such as goats and sheep that are allowed to roam freely on the grounds, and take the farm’s dairy plant tour. The farm’s shop sells dairy products made exclusively from Guernsey cow milk as well as ham and fresh baked bread, while the farm’s restaurant offers a popular lunchtime all-you-can-eat buffet, yakiniku Japanese-style barbecue, and cheese fondue.
  • Chez-Tani Senomoto Kogen Branch
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    4.5
    74 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Yutsubo Sein's book 628-8
    A sweets café located in the Kokonoe-machi, Kusu-gun, Oita Prefecture which has been frequently featured in magazines and on TV as one of the most popular spots along the Yamanami Highway. Located amidst much natural beauty, the café stands like a fashionable Western-style house. Visitors can look out at the beautiful surrounding scenery from the café’s large windows and sunroom. Chez-Tani’s cake buffet, which lets you eat some 20 varieties of cakes as much as you like for 90 minutes, is its most popular menu selection. The café’s delicately baked baumkuchen make perfect souvenirs.

    They only serve dessert set (cake/pudding + a drink) per person when I was there. The quality of desserts was very good, they have some small samples for customers to try. I would say one of their...

  • Makinoto Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Yutsubo
    This ridge lies at an altitude of 1,333 meters, located on the highest point of the Yamanami highway. A starting point for trails up Mt. Kuju and Mt. Kuroiwa, there is also a convenient parking area, shop and restroom. In early summer, the pink blooms of rhododendron kiusianum are truly beautiful.
  • Farmhouse Restaurant Bebenko
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 2407-1
    This restaurant offers cuisine made freely with carefully selected foodstuffs including Bungo cows directly from Eagle Farm, Koshihikari rice from Senchomuta, and natural water from the foot of Mt. Kuenhira. The menu is complete with Bungo beef steak, beef bowls, and the well-known Toriten chicken. The limited quantity beef loin yakiniku bowl and Bungo beef leftover set menu are popular, while the Saturday and Sunday-limited blueberry sweets are also wonderful.

    We visited Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi during the cherry blossom season, not the most popular time of visit in autumn. Most of the restaurants in the vacinity of this suspension bridge were closed...

  • Takatsuka Atago Jizoson Statue
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Hitashi Amagasemachimabaru 3740
    This is unusual even nationwide in that it indicates the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism as a place of worship for Jizo, the guardian deity of children, while also having a torii gate and auxiliary shrine for Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess. Also known as “Takatsuka-san,” it is a place known for fulfilling prayers relating to various issues and attracts a great many visitors from all over the country.
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  • Yabakei Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Yatsushika Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Migita 3364
    A sake brewery located in Migita, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. Established in 1864, the brewery makes sakes such as Yatsushika and shochus such as Ginza no Suzume. Visitors can tour the brewery’s storehouse and bottling plant (advance reservation required), sample refined sake and shochu, and taste Yatsushika pickles made with sake lees.
  • Makinoto Pass Rest house
    Transportation
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Yutsubo
    A rest house standing on the Yamanami Highway along the Makinoto Pass in Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. Situated at the start of a trail leading up the Kuju Mountains, the house sells souvenirs, mountain climbing gear, and emergency supplies and also has a shop serving light meals and drinks. The house makes a great place to take a break when mountain climbing or going on a scenic drive through the area.
  • Kyusuikei Goege
    Travel / Tourism
    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."""
  • Kuju Yamanami Farm
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 1681-14
    A farm located in Tano, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. The farm has a petting zoo where visitors can feed animals kept at the farm, a hot spring bath facility with baths constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style, a blueberry farm, and a shop selling the harm’s milk and agricultural products. Visitors can go blueberry picking or take a tethered horseback ride, and the adjoining large restaurant serves set meals and yakiniku Japanese barbecue featuring Bungo beef and local chicken.
  • Kuju Natural Zoo
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 1685-3
    A zoo located along the Yamanami Highway in Tano, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. Herbivores such as deer, goats, lamas, rabbits, and ponies are allowed to roam the zoo freely, and visitors can pet them, feed them, and take pictures with them. A free site caravan campground, where visitors can enjoy barbecuing, adjoins the zoo.

    阿蘇くじゅう国立公園内で標高920mにあるふれあい動物園。 クヌギ林の木陰をのんびりとお散歩しながら、 動物たちとの楽しいふれあいを楽しむ事が出来ます。 ヤギやラマ、ミニブタ等が放し飼いにされ餌をあげたり、 一緒に園内を散策出来ます。 看板犬のビーグルが入り口で出迎えてくれて、 家族で素敵な時間を過ごす事が出来ますよ- オートキャンプ場も併設されていますので、 是非訪問されてみて下さい。

  • Kokonoe Green Park Sensui Campground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano
    A campground situated along Prefectural Route 40 in Tano, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County, Oita Prefecture. This vast campground is located inside Aso Kuju National Park. Lodging facilities include a caravan campground, tent sites, lodges, and mini bungalows. The campground also has a sports ground, gymnasium, and an outdoor bath in which visitors can soak and, at night, enjoy the view of a star filled sky.
  • Keikoku no Yada Nihiki no Oni
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 947-5
    A hot spring inn located in Tano, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. The inn has three lodging facilities: the detached Yumeshizuka, which has its own dedicated outdoor bath; the Katsuranohide, which has an adjoining reservable private bath area open 24 hours a day; and the Hanabesso cottage with outdoor baths and lofts attached to each guest room. There’s also a shared outdoor bath, and visitors can enjoy bathing in a private atmosphere. The inn serves traditional kaiseki course cuisine made with Bungo beef and seasonal seafood and mountain food.
  • Katsura Chaya
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    3.5
    41 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 947-5
    A restaurant standing on Prefectural Route 40 in Tano, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. The restaurant serves udon and soba noodles, curry, katsudon cutlet rice bowls, and set meals designed to serve large tour groups. The restaurant is adjoined by a souvenir shop and confectionary shop which sells original sweets such as “Oni no Me ni mo Namida,” a biscuit sandwich filled with crimson glory vine cream. Upon request, diners can also get discount admission for day trip bathing at the adjoining hot spring inns Nihiki no Oni and Tsurezure.

    Wow. We were trying to figure out where to have lunch near Kokonoe suspension bridge (10min drive) and we came across this famous restaurant. It is located in the middle of a winding road and it had...

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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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