Spots in Hita / Kokonoe / Taketa Area

  • Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge
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    4.0
    553 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
    153 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
    178 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...

  • Kuju Kogen Cottage Mantenbo Onsen
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    4.0
    115 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Taketashi Kujumachishirani 7571-23
    A hot spring bathhouse operated by the Kuju Kogen Cottage hotel in Shirani, Kuju-machi, Taketa City. The bathhouse uses a natural, primarily hydrogen carbonate hot spring which wells up on the grounds. Facilities include an indoor bath area, private bath, and open and airy outdoor bath from which bathers can enjoy the natural beauty of Aso Kuju National Park and the five peaks of Mt. Aso. Visitors can also take in a night bath along with the star filled sky of the Kuju Highland.

    five star for highland view, truly beautiful. four star for their dinner, made by local foods,taste good. room is simple and very old,maybe 2star is suitable .i think its better for renovation...

  • Sanso Tensui
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    4.5
    91 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...

  • Sapporo Beer Kyushu Hita Brewery
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    4.0
    84 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...

  • Keikoku no Yada Nihiki no Oni
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    4.5
    62 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...

  • Okuhita Onsen Umehibiki
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    4.5
    54 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...

  • Kuju Winery
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    4.0
    58 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.

  • Chojabaru Visitor Center
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    4.0
    47 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 Yamanami Farm
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    3.5
    50 Reviews
    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.

    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...

  • Roadside Station Sugo
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    4.0
    45 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.

    竹田ドライブインのイメージがあるのですが、最近ではコンビニも開店し、品のいい道の駅に大変身していました。 平日でもお客さんが多く、駐車場も車が多いため、歩行者は注意が必要です。

  • Hita Onsen Kizantei Hotel
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Hitashi Kuma 1-3-10
    A hotel located in 1 Chome Kuma, Hita City. The hotel has a bathhouse which makes use of Hita’s simple spring waters, said to make it easier to get pregnant; bathhouse facilities include an indoor bath area with a sweeping view of the Mikuma River as well as an open and airy sky top outdoor bath. From late May to late October, the hotel operates a pleasure boat cruise on which visitors can enjoy a meal and watch traditional cormorant fishing (this cruise is also offered as a private charter service only at other times of the year).

    As a midpoint stop when travelling from Aso to Fukuoka, we stayed at Hita for one night. Kizantei is one of the traditional hotels near Mikuwagama with the spectacular view and onsen. The staff did...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Yamanami Highway
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano
    This is a one-hour drive course that connects Yufuin in the north and Kumamoto Prefecture’s Aso-gun Minami Oguni-machi Town in the south, selected as one of Japan’s greatest 100 mountain range roads. There are spots where one can enjoy views of the Kuju Mountain Range, hot springs, and Kogen gourmet food. There are many spots where one can feel close to the mountains such as the Tadewara Wetlands which formed from springs at the base of mountains in the Kyushu volcanic group and Yamanami Farm. Coming from the direction of Fukuoka/Oita, get off the Oita Expressway at “Yufuin IC” and take National Road 210, then enter the Yamanami Highway.
  • 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
    25 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."

    Taki Rentaro studied music composition in Japan and Germany in the late 1800s. During his short life (died at age 23), he composed a songbook and several classical pieces. This modest house served...

  • Chez-Tani Senomoto Kogen Branch
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    4.5
    78 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...

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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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