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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.
  • Chojabaru Visitor Center
    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...

  • Guernsey Farm
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    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.
  • Makinoto Pass
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    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.
  • Takatsuka Atago Jizoson Statue
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    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.
  • Yabakei Gorge
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    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
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    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
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    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.
  • Kyusuikei Goege
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    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
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    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.
  • Komatsu Jigoku
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Yutsubo Myoto
    A walking and hiking destination located in Yutsubosujiyu, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. Komatsu Jigoku evokes visions of “jigoku” or “hell” due to the area’s natural steam vents, bubbling mud, and rocks died red from hot spring minerals, and visitors can use walking paths to stroll through the area and take in its distinctive scenic beauty. Visitors can also use a basket to soak raw eggs in the water of hot spring and make “hot spring eggs,” custard like soft boiled eggs.
  • Kyushu Electric Power Hacchobaru Pavilion
    22 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.


  • Roadside Station Dowa no Sato Kusu
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Hakusui Reservoir Dam (Hakusui Dam)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kashiwa-cho, Taketa City, Oita Prefecture
    "A dam on the Ono River straddling Tsugikura, Taketa City and Kashiwabara, Ogi-machi in Taketa City. The dam was built in 1938 with the aim of eliminating agricultural water shortages downriver. The dam incorporates a design called ""mushagaeshi"" which is intended to reduce water pressure and preserve the riverbed, and the dam is characterized by the constant stream of water flowing over its curving surface. Also known as the ""most beautiful dam in Japan,"" it has been designated a National Important Cultural Property."
  • Kuju Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Kuzumi Town, Taketa City, Oita Prefecture
    A highland area sprawling in Kuju Kuju-machi, Taketa City. The highland is a part of Aso Kuju National Park. The field burnings conducted here in March are a traditional practice which stretches back several hundred years; the act preserves the beautiful grass covered plain, and the highland is used for grazing. The highland is dotted with cottages, other lodging facilities, campgrounds, hot spring bathhouses, tourist farms, and observatories.
  • Roadside Station Sugo
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    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.
  • Oka Castle Ruins
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    Oita Pref. Taketashi Taketa 2761
    The site of a ruined castle located in Aiai, Taketa City. Records state the castle was built in 1185 by Ogata Koreyoshi for Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Standing on a plateau at the confluence of the branches of the Ono River, the castle was known for its natural, impregnable location. Ultimately, however, the castle was abandoned in 1871 and demolished. It is said that composer Rentaro Taki, who spent his youth in Taketa, composed his song “Kojo no Tsuki (Moon over the Ruined Castle)” based on his own experience of playing at the castle.
  • Roadside Station Taketa
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Taketashi Yonai 663-1
    A roadside station situated along the Old Oguni Kaido Highway in Yonai, Taketa City. The station sells fresh agricultural products from local farms as well as ready to eat foods. The adjoining restaurant serves curry and other dishes made with an abundance of local vegetables. Adjoined by a strawberry patch, when in season visitors can pick strawberries here. The station’s strawberry soft serve ice cream is quite popular.


  • Hita Gion Yamaboko Kaikan
    16 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.

  • Ontayaki Pottery Village (Ontayaki Pottery Museum)
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Hitashi Motoemachi Sarayama 138-1
    This area, located at the foot of Mt. Takatsuka in Sarayama, Motoe-machi, Hita City, is known for pottery production. Onta ware is produced here, a type of pottery which traces its roots back to the ceramic arts of the Korean Peninsula and the building of a kiln in the area in 1705. Even today, pottery is still produced here using a traditional mortar and climbing kiln, and Onta ware has been designated a National Important Intangible Cultural Property.

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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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