Oita

About Oita

Oita, on the eastern coast of Kyushu Island, with its thousands of onsens collectively spurting the most geothermally heated water in Japan, is truly the nation’s hot spring capital and a must-visit for those in search of volcanically-heated healing.

Oita is a steamy cornucopia of all-things-onsen. Beppu City and Yufuin Town in particular, with their arrays of nutrient-rich waters, offer bathers far more than just a bath. A myriad of healing remedies can be found as enthusiasts are steamed bare, covered in mud or sand, or, as vanilla as it sounds, just sat, as nature’s therapeutic baths work their magic. Designated a “Place of Scenic Beauty” the eight hot spring “Hells” of Beppu, however, are just for looking at. You have been warned. Beyond baths, Oita offers seasonal festivals like the rambunctious Nagahama Shrine Summer Festival and an abundance of local cuisine including Bungo Beef and horse mackerel — and, unrelated, if you stumble across Mount Takasaki Monkey Park there’s a sign that reads: “If you look into the monkeys’ eyes they will attack.” Dark sunglasses or mace recommended.

Places to visit in Oita

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Kiki's Bakery

This bakery was created after the image of the bakery from the Ghibli movie "Kiki's Delivery Service". The bakery offers fresh butter croissants and other handm

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Yufuin Floral Village

Modeled after Cotswold in England, this small village is both visually pleasing and entertaining. Yufuin Floral Village features many shops and restaurants and

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Snoopy Tea House (Yufuin)

This cafe and toy store specializes in Peanuts-themed foods and goods. Snoopy is a very iconic character in Japan and has inspired many of the dishes and drinks

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Ohara Teahouse

A gorgeous restaurant engulfed in a mysterious looking bamboo forest. As you enter, you are surrounded by a picturesque forest, perfect for a picture. There is

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Beppu

Beppu is Japan's most famous Onsen (hot spring) resort city, and produces more thermal hot spring water than any where else in the country.

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Shiraike Jigoku

Shiraike Jigoku is a hot spring located in the famous hot spring resort of Beppu.

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Kitsuki Historic District

Located in the North-Eastern region of Oita Prefecture, Kitsuki is famed for its traditional buildings and quaint streets which have been largely untouched by modern urban development and still very much resembles an Edo period samurai town. The historical ambiance of the city, combined with its unique hilly terrain has lead to it becoming both a popular destination for tourists who wish to take a step back in time and tv studios who require an authentic backdrop to film historical dramas.

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Kokopelli Western Riding

Kokopelli Western Riding is one of Japan's premier horse riding establishments and caters for all ages and from absolute beginners to established riders.

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Kunisaki Peninsula

Located in Northern Oita, on Japan’s Kyushu Island, the Kunisaki Peninsula is an area of unspoiled natural beauty and part of the Setonaikai National Park.

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Usukiyaki

Usukiyaki is a pottery workshop located in Usuki which prides itself on creating 'Usuki-yaki', a traditional, once-extinguished ceramic ware that has been brought back to life as a contemporary product, based on the few historical records that remain from the pottery’s original incarnation.

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Wakaeya

Wakaeya is a long-established restaurant, opening in Kitsuki City in 1698. The restaurant's famed dish is Tai Chazuke Ureshino (sea bream with rice and tea), with the ‘Ureshino’ translating literally to ‘I’m happy!’. The story behind the name is that in the Edo period, the lord of Kitsuki Castle had been eating the Tai Chazuke every day and would proclaim his joy (Ureshino!) at getting to do so. The current owner is 16th generation of his family to manage the establishment, and still uses the same recipe which gained a feudal lord’s seal of approval over 300 years ago, and even offers a tofu-based vegetarian version, please pay him a visit!

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Kumano Magaibutsu Stone Buddha

Constructed sometime in the late Heian Period, the Kumano Magaibutsu Stone Buddhas are found atop a steep flight of stone steps in Hirano. The image of Fudō Myōō measures 8.07 and is one of the largest stone buddhas in the country. Designated as an Important Cultural Property, be sure to pay a visit next time you're in Oita!

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Satonotabi Resort LODGE KIYOKAWA

From Mount Sobo to Okudake River, Satonotabi Resort LODGE KIYOKAWA is nestled in the beautiful nature of Bungoono, Oita. Even with one of a kind lodging experience in a treehouse, and meals prepared using Bungoono's prized ingredients, you can go glamping here without breaking your bank.

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Yufuin Hotel Mori-no-Terrace

Located in the Yufuin Onsen district in Yufu, 2.8 km from Yufuin Motorcycle Museum, Yufuin Hotel Mori-no-Terrace features air-conditioned rooms and free private

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Hana Beppu

Located in Beppu, 1.1 km from Beppu Onsen, Hana Beppu features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available o

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Hosenji Kanko Hotel Yumotoya

Situated in Kokonoe, 32 km from Beppu, Hosenji Kanko Hotel Yumotoya features free WiFi access and free private parking. Each room at this ryokan is air conditi

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Kokumin Syukusya Kuju Kogenso

Featuring free WiFi and a hot spring bath, Kokumin Syukusya Kuju Kogenso offers accommodation in Taketa. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private p

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Yufuin Kotobuki Hananosho

Boasting large hot spring baths both indoor and open-air, Yufuin Kotobuki Hananosho offers Japaense-style ryokan accommodation just a 5-minute walk from JR Yufu

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