Guest Houses in Oita
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Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City
- Usa is a city in northern Kyushu whose claim to fame is the historically prominent Usa Jingu Shrine. For travelers, a visit to the shrine is the main and sometimes only reason to stop by this quiet city, which is usually used as a stop over for other travel destinations in the area. But if you appreciate cozy accommodation and are looking for unique guesthouse experiences, then we recommend you give Usa a bit more of your traveling schedule and spend the night at the fabulous Naru Guesthouse. Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City Run by the Kosaka family, Naru is a charming guesthouse set in a former ryokan hotel which for 70 years operated as Narumi. After traveling for three years around the world and making meaningful connections they decided to make Usa their base, renovate the old ryokan and open up a place where they could welcome guests with open arms as they were welcomed during their travels. As the owners explain, the name Naru means “to make it happen”, and as such, they wanted to create a setting that makes new and fun experiences happen for its guests. Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City Naru Guesthouse is located in the Yokkaichi neighbourhood of Usa, which although is a quiet area, it is surrounded by several izakayas, restaurants, and cafes. All of these are within walking distance from the house, although, once you’ve walked past Naru’s front door you’ll be tempted to just stay in enjoying the hospitality of the hosts and the beautiful decor, especially of the bedrooms. The four large tatami rooms on the second floor, have all been decorated with different themes in mind that reflect the Kozakas’ love of nature and the places they have visited. The sun room is decorated with a yellow color scheme and with elements representing Europe. All rooms have plenty of space, and are perfect for unwinding after a day of sightseeing. Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
The Mimpaku Farm Experience in Kunisaki
- A big part of what Japan is today has various ways a connection to its farming history and culture. Its scenic rice paddies and pristine tea farms, local festivals to commemorate the beginning and end of the harvest season, and of course the unique ingredients that have made Japanese cuisine famous around the world, all contribute to making a trip to Japan an experience for the senses. With the recent farm stay trend growing steadily around the country, finding farms welcoming travelers as guests is becoming part of the accommodation offering. Oita Prefecture is no exception to this, and in the town of Asaku, Maruka Farm Stay is one that rises above the rest thanks the quality of the products they make, the flexible hospitality of the Kamihira family, and to the scenic views of the area. The Mimpaku Farm Experience in Kunisaki First and foremost Maruka is a farm offering a variety of organic produce which is found in some of the best ryokan in Beppu City among other locations. Five years ago, the Kamihira’s, Fukako and Masayoshi, left the comforts of city life in Tokyo and began their adventure with nature in Kunisaki Peninsula. Along with their farming, they decided to open up their farm to travelers so that they too can connect with nature and get a taste of Japan’s farming lifestyle. The Mimpaku Farm Experience in Kunisaki During the stay at Maruka it is up to guests to decide how much of the farming component they want to experience. On one hand, they can get their hands dirty and help out with the daily tasks such as planting or harvesting (depending on the season) a variety of fruits and vegetables and caring for the livestock. On the other hand, guests can opt out for just taking it slow, and simply taking pleasure in the surrounding nature and the cozy home. Either way, travelers will be interacting with the Kamihira’s during meals and at various times throughout the stay. The Mimpaku Farm Experience in Kunisaki ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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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