Spots in Hita / Kokonoe / Taketa Area

  • Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
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    4.0
    558 Reviews
    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.

    Visited the Kokonoe Yume suspension bridge which spans over a valley with two small waterfalls on one side of valley. Lovely views with trees turning color on both sides of bridge.

  • Kuju Flower Park
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    4.0
    154 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...

  • Tsuetate Onsen Hotel Hizenya
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    4.0
    183 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Shimojou 4223
    This hot spring inn is in Oguni Town, Aso County near the border between Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures. It's a great spot to enjoy an open-air bath and seasonal cuisine. There are 11 natural hot spring sources on the grounds feeding their 23 baths. The clear and colorless water is alkaline, has beautifying properties, and is said to help alleviate nerve pain and joint pain.

    This is a big hotel, next to a gorgeous river. Hotel has been upgraded but still looks somewhat worn (but acceptable). However, it’s more than made up by the excellent service by all the staff. I...

  • Sanso Tensui
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    4.5
    93 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Hitashi Amagasemachisakuradake 601
    A hot spring hotel located in Sakuradake Amagase-machi, Hita City. The hotel’s bathhouse uses only the waters of a simple spring said to treat such ailments as bruises, sprains, stiff shoulders, frozen shoulders, nerve pain, and fatigue, in addition to promoting post-illness recovery. Facilities include an indoor bath area and outdoor bath for guests as well as an outdoor bath with a view of a waterfall and private reservable baths open to non-guests. Visitors can enjoy hot spring bathing while taking in the beauty of the area’s mountain stream.

    Stayed at this ryokan in August. We came after two weeks of seeing many temples and castles, in almost tropical heat, in Tokyo and Kyoto and a number of places in between. So we needed the rest. The...

  • Okuhita Onsen Umehibiki
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    4.5
    62 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Hitashi Oyamamachinishioyama 4587
    A hot spring inn located in Nishioyama, Oyama-machi, Hita City. The hotel’s baths are filled from a simple hot spring whose waters are said to treat autonomic instability, insomnia, depression, and a variety of other conditions. The hotel’s bathhouse is also open to non-guests; facilities include a large indoor bathing area, and an outdoor bath from which bathers can enjoy the natural beauty of Hibiki Ravine. There are also a bedrock bath and reservable private hot spring bath only available to guests. The Umeshu Gura Oyama’s umeshu plum liqueur distillery, located on the grounds, offers tours and a tasting shop as well as a program in which visitors can make their very own umeshu liqueur (advance reservation required).

    Stayed in Oushuku - mineral onsen easily fitting two on balcony with views of mountains opposite, wonderfully decorated and apportioned room with everything you might need (apart from body...

  • Sapporo Beer Kyushu Hita Brewery
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Hitashi Takase 6979
    A beer brewery situated along the Hita bypass in Takase, Hita City. The brewery makes its beers using exclusively underground water from Hita. Visitors can take a free tour of the facility and visit the brewery’s gallery. There are also the Black Label and Ebisu paid tours which include beer tasting. In the paid tasting corner, visitors can sip on draft beer. The brewery’s shop sells exclusive merchandise. In the Hita Mori no Beer Garden, visitors can barbecue, or shop for local specialty products in the adjoining Mori-no-Kaze facility.

    Lovely tour here... I really enjoyed myself. The cons first... The Bad I signed up for an English tour, but somehow got into a Japanese tour. Now I know Japanese at a intermediate level, however she...

  • Chojabaru Visitor Center
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    4.0
    45 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...

  • Keikoku no Yada Nihiki no Oni
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    4.5
    63 Reviews
    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.

    This is the type of place you dont want to tell any one about, because you want to keep it all to yourself. Tucked away from the crowds of Yufuin (just one train station away), Nihiki No Oni is...

  • Roadside Station Sugo
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Transportation
    Oita Pref. Taketashi Sugou 989-1
    A roadside station situated along the Bungo Kaido Highway in Sugo, Taketa City. Here visitors can purchase sweetcorn, a local specialty product, other highland vegetables and processed foods or enjoy “Sugo Udon” noodles made with local vegetables in the adjoining restaurant. The station’s soft serve ice cream made with sweetcorn is also popular.

    親族に誘われてランチに行きました。地元の土産もあるし、便利でした。レストランは地元の有名店で、メンチカツ、唐揚げ他美味しかったです。

  • Roadside Station Dowa no Sato Kusu
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Transportation
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkusumachi Hoashi 2121
    A roadside station standing along National Route 387 in Hoashi, Kusu Town, Kusu County. The station sells meats such as Bungo beef; processed foods; and local agricultural products like shiitake mushrooms, a local specialty product; and well-reviewed Kusu Town rice, which has even been selected for Daijyosai, a ceremony that is carried out by the Emperor immediately following his accession to the throne. There are also a shop serving soft serve ice cream and other fast food, a shop selling fresh baked bread, as well as a restaurant serving noodles, curries, and set meals made with Bungo beef and other local ingredients.

    Chanced on this just as we exited from the highway. Fresh produce at very reasonable prices - sweet persimmons, perfect oranges and more. There’s also a lovely bakery with a decent range of freshly...

  • Shichirida Onsenkan Konoha no Yu Shita no Yu
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    5.0
    47 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Taketashi Kujumachiariuji 4050-1
    A daytrip hot spring bathhouse located in Ariujishichirida, Kuju-machi, Taketa City. The bathhouse’ baths are constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style from a natural, high concentration soda spring whose waters are said to treat nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, and frozen shoulders. Facilities include two communal bathing areas outfitted with an outdoor bath and cascading bath, a snack counter, and shop selling agricultural products and souvenirs. Visitors can also enjoy the bathhouse’ sake manju buns made the old-fashioned way.

    平日の午前11時頃に訪問し、ちょうど先客が出るところで言葉を交わし、独占状態で入浴しました。期待を裏切らない最高の炭酸泉のお湯でした。入浴して直ぐに気泡が身体に付いて、皮膚を剥がすのではないかと錯覚する位の迫力があります。(笑) 掲示されている温泉分析表を読むと、1,949.4mg/kgで、有名な長湯の大丸旅館外湯のラムネ館、ラムネ湯の炭素水素イオンの1,250.0mgより高く、泉温も36.3...

  • Kokonoe Yamanami Farm Makiba-no-Onsenkan
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    3.5
    49 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Kusu-gun Kokonoemachi Tano 1681-14
    This day-use hot spring bathhouse is located on the grounds of the Kokonoe Yamanami Farm tourist farm on the Handa Highland a 30-minute drive from the Kokonoe Interchange on the Oita Expressway via the Shikisai Road. In a fantastic location surrounded by natural beauty, customers can enjoy facilities such as an outdoor bath, sauna, and milk bath. The bathhouse' baths are supplied with free-flowing water straight from one of Kokonoe's abundant springs. Farm visitors can also play with ponies, sheep, and other animals; try bread and butter making activities; and pick blueberries. The farm's local soft-serve ice cream, which brings out the innate flavor of the milk used, is also recommended.

    We visited this farm in the summer of 2011. The setting is lovely -- in the Kyushu countryside near Mt. Aso. the farm is well-maintained and the animals seem to be treated well -- except for the...

  • Kangien
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Hitashi Tansou 2-2-13
    A historic building located in 2 Chome Tanso, Hita City. This famous small private school, opened by Hita-born, late Edo period Confucian scholar Hirose Tanso, counted among its graduates such names as Omura Masujiro and Takano Choei. Today, visitors can view the building for free and, in the adjoining Kangien Educational Research Center, view exhibits on the school and its students.

    This has once been one of the 3 biggest and well-reputed private school in Japan. At most, they once had 200+ students. The owner was a very famous local scholar and quite a few of his family...

  • Nagayu Onsen Kajikaan Yunohana
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    3.5
    38 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Taketashi Naoirimachinagayu Hot spring 2961
    A hot spring bathhouse standing along Prefectural Route 209 in Nagayu Naoiri-machi, Taketa City. Available for day trip hot spring bathing, the facility’s baths are constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style from a hydrogen carbonate spring whose waters are said to promote blood flow be effective for nerve pain and heart disease. Employing a method in which water is both added and drained from the tub bottom to ensure a constant convection of fresh hot spring water, the bathhouse’ baths are notable for their abundance of “yunohana”—hot spring mineral crusts. In addition to a large bathing area with outdoor bath, the bathhouse has a private reservable bath, bedrock bath, and restaurant serving local cuisine made with local ingredients.

    The inn is very well kept. The room we stayed was small yet very clean. Every staff was polite and attentive. We loved Nagayu region - its so prestine and beautiful. Food was excellent. The...

  • Guernsey Farm
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    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.

    Dined here for their buffet lunch with friends. The restaurant has a bank of windows that look out toward the mountains. Food was plentiful and tasty. Price was under twenty dollars and after...

  • Kuncho Sake Brewery Museum
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Hitashi Mamedamachi 6-31
    "This museum inside the sake brewery ""Kuncho Shuzo"" is located along Kamimachi-dori Street in Mameda-machi, Hita City. This is part of the sake storehouse with Edo-period (1603-1868) architecture located in a national important traditional architecture preservation district, and exhibits tools for sake-making used until about 1955. Facilities such as a shop using sake warehouse built from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the Taisho period (1912-1926), a sweets shop using sake, and a baker studio with an adjoining cafe are gathered in the area."

    A very old sake factory with 200+ years. It shows various sake making tool in old stage. It is right at the end of the walking street. Good to make it as a start of the visit. The sake selling...

  • Kyushu Electric Power Hacchobaru Pavilion
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Yutsubo Hatchohara 601
    A museum adjoining the Hatchobaru Power Plant in Yutsubo, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County, Oita Prefecture. The museum contains exhibits which use informational panels and videos to explain the mechanisms behind geothermal power generation. The facility also offers a 60-minute guided tour of the power plant and museum, giving visitors the chance to see the largest geothermal power plant in Japan.

    九電の発電所内にある訪問者用の施設。この展示館の先は広い発電所になっている。ここでの地熱発電の仕組みなどを、説明してもらえる。

  • Rentaro Taki Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Taketa-shi Taketa 2120-1
    "A museum located in Taketa, Taketa City. The museum operates out of the estate where musician Rentaro Taki, composer of the famous song ""Kojo no Tsuki (The Moon Over the Ruined Castle),"" lived for two years up to the age of 14. The museum contains exhibits concerning the life of Taki, including handwritten music scores, letters, photographs, and images."

    Bungotaketa is strongly associated with Taki Rentaro, a famous composer. As he was young, he spent about two years in this house, and it is now transformed into a museum. The house itself is very...

  • Sofuren Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Hita-shi Wakamiyamachi 416-1
    "This restaurant invented and serves Hita yakisoba noodles. The longstanding establishment is also the flagship location of a chain of restaurants with franchises across the Kyushu region and the rest of Japan. The restaurant's previous owner is believed to have invented the word ""yakisoba."" The restaurant is most notable for making everything in-house, including not only the noodles and sauce but even the toppings. In addition to set meals, you can also order toppings like a raw egg a la carte. The restaurant also offers a full array of sides and desserts, and even sells yakisoba noodles packaged to give as a gift and in chilled packs which you can take home and enjoy at your leisure."

    The yakisoba with bean sprouts is a famous dish in Hita area. However I was not impressed though I love bean sprouts. just so-so.

  • Hita Gion Yamaboko Kaikan
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Hitashi Kuma 2-7-10
    A museum located in 2 Chome Kuma, Hita City. The museum contains exhibits on the stunning parade floats used in the Hita Gion Festival, which has been a designated National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. The festival is also included in the “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, Float Festivals” in Japan that have been added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Visitors can view decorative festival floats as well as examples of the elaborately decorated curtains which are hung from them.

    This is one of the must visit place in Hita. It is near the center and easy to access by car. It tells the one of tradition festival of Hita. The display is amazing.

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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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