Oita in Focus: Scenic View of Heaven, Sea, and Earth (Mt. Tsurumi Ropeway in Late Autumn)

Kyushu is known for the mountains and volcanoes found in the area. Among of which is Mt. Tsurumi (lava domes) found in Oita Prefecture. Usually, people travel to Beppu or Yufuin city when they visit Oita. Mt. Tsurumi and the ropeway is found in the middle of these two famous onsen cities. 
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If you are into natural scenery but has no time or the physical prowess to go mountain climbing, this place can serve as an alternative. The ropeway takes 10-15 minutes to reach the top of the mountain. A two-way ticket costs 1,600 yen while the one-way ticket is priced at 1,000 yen for adults. For children, ages 4 years and below as well as elementary students the ticket costs 800 yen for the round trip and 500 yen for the one-way.
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Others who are up to the challenge take the hiking trail instead of the ropeway. There are also those who buy the one-way ticket up and hikes their way down. For casual tourists, most people take the ropeway and reserve their energy into climbing the remaining stairs. There are some 500-800 meters high up of climbing left after riding the ropeway or alternatively there are small pathways leading up to the top as well. Relatively, one can take time in their climb since for every group of stairs there are viewing decks to which you can rest. Each viewing decks offer a range of view to focus on.
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The site to the left (east) offers a view of Beppu city and Beppu bay as well as small hills that already changed their colors from autumn to winter. The central view offers a wide range of mountains in the area and you can see Kojima Kogen Park (amusement park) Further to the right (west) view offers a more mountainous and closer view towards the direction of Mt. Yufu and Kirin Lake.
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This place is one of the ideal spots to grasp the natural scenery of Kyushu. The top of the mountain offers a combination of wide atmospheric horizons, a view of the blue sea, and the changing of seasons reflected in the mountains. It is indeed among the best sightseeing area in Oita. And after the climb, you can go on and enjoy the hot springs in either Beppu or Yufuin city.
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 You can go to Mt. Tsurumi ropeway through the Kamenoi Bus. If you're coming from Beppu, go to the Beppu Station west exit and take the bus #36 (bound to Yufuin). As of writing this article, the fare costs 240 yen (one way) from Beppu station.
 Time schedule #36 bus (2017) from Beppu West Exit Station (bound to Yufuin vis Tsurumi Ropeway):
 7:37, 8:20, 9:35, 10:20, 11:05, 11:35, 12:05, 13:45, 15,05, 16:15, 17:17, 18:25
 Time schedule for #36 bus (2017) from Yufuin (bound to Beppu via Tsurumi Ropeway):
 9:45, 10:45, 11:15, 12:46, 13:35, 14:30, 15:15, 16:20, 17:05, 18:00
 There are no trains that come to this area so you need to balance and take note of the time of the busses if you are commuting to the area. You may also visit the tourist centers found in Beppu and Yufuin to double check the time of the busses, but normally they don't really change all year long.
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A bit of a tip, it is better to buy food prior to going to Tsurumi ropeway since there are almost no food options around the area. Although there is a resting area next to the ropeway station there are times that it is close. So perhaps if you want to have a little picnic with the scenic view of Oita, pass by the convenience store. Buy the food and water you may need, relax, exercise a bit, pose for the camera, and appreciate the wonder of nature.
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