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

We have information on many shops, attractions and events in that we'd love to share with you. Please click the button below to view the most popular ones on a map.

VIEW SIGHTS ON MAP

Popular Sights in Oita

Travel
Sight in Oita

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

Travel
Sight in Oita

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

Travel
Sight in Oita

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

Travel
Sight in Oita

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

Travel
Sight in Oita

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.

Travel
Sight in Oita

Shiraike Jigoku

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

Recently Added Sights in Oita

Travel
Sight in Oita

Futago-ji Temple

Located on the slopes of Mount Futago (721m) in Oita Prefecture's Kunisaki Peninsula, Futago-ji was established in 718 by Ninmon and became the central temple of Rokugō-Manzan.

Travel
Sight in Oita

Tenryo Hita Whiskey Museum

Featured on NHK, this private museum with a collection of over 50,000 items of whiskey related memorabilia and even has its own bar!

Travel
Sight in Oita

Mt. Kirikabu

Located in Oita's Kusu Town, Kitikabu is a stump shaped mountain that's a popular spot for paragliders and even features a swing set to make you feel like you're swinging off its edge!

Travel
Sight in Oita

Sakura Waterfall

Located a short walk from Amagase station in Oita's Hita City, Sakuradaki is a spectacular waterfall that has been referenced in texts from as early as the 8th century.

Travel
Sight in Oita

Kitsuki Retro-kan

Step back in time at Kitsuki Retro-kan, a museum featuring an impressive collection of Showa-era products as well as a stage for live music performances.

Food
Sight in Oita

Harajirozaemon

Established in 1899 and with a reputation as one of the world's best soy sauce manufacturers, Hita City's Harajirozaemon is a factory and storefront which uses traditional methods to create soy sauce, miso and a type of Japanese lemonade called ramune.

Recent Articles

Lifestyle
Article by Elise Meng

The Koji Kraze you need to get on board with

One major health trend coming out of Japan that we can get on board with is mold– specifically, we’re loving a rice mold called Koji. Already a favorite ingredient to some of the world’s leading chefs like David Chang, René Redzepi, and Jonathon Sawyer, Koji is the old-but-new ingredient to spice up your cooking processes.

Lifestyle
Article by Elise Meng

Kick off your OIta Experience!

With the countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2020 inching nearer and nearer, the small city of Oita is secretly packing some heat among its narrow streets. Now, at Tokyo Creative, we already have a wide range of favorite places in Oita already (see here or here), but since this was our first time doing a mini-team trip, we’re excited to add more to our list of favorite places to recommend.

Travel
Article by Ian Rudd

Yabakei : Japan’s Secret Cycling Paradise

We’d like to introduce you to the Maple Yabakei Cycling Road, ideal for anyone looking for breathtaking scenery and some physical activity on their next trip!

Hotels in Oita

Travel
Hotel in Oita

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.

Travel
Hotel in Oita

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

Travel
Hotel in Oita

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

Travel
Hotel in Oita

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

Travel
Hotel in Oita

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

Travel
Hotel in Oita

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

Neighborhoods

Nearby Locations

Travel
Location

Saga

Saga has a natural beauty that inspires. It is one of the few prefectures that has two different ocean borders: The Sea of Genkai on the north and on its south

Travel
Location

Okinawa

There’s a reason why over 10 million people visit Okinawa every year – Japan's southernmost island is a natural wonder, with pristine beaches, friendly people a

Travel
Location

Nagasaki

Nagasaki is in the southwest of Japan on the island of Kyushu and includes several islands between Kyushu and South Korea. Mountains on one side and the sea on

Travel
Location

Miyazaki

Miyazaki prefecture is on the southeastern side of Kyushu and is known for its majestic mountains and rugged coastal scenery. Surfing has grown in popularity he

Travel
Location

Kumamoto

Kumamoto is in the center of Kyushu Island, and Mount Aso is the beloved heart of this beautiful prefecture. Aso-Kuju, Unzen-Amakusa National Parks, Mount Yabah

Travel
Location

Fukuoka

Fukuoka is located on the northern side of the island of Kyushu. It includes the two largest cities in the area, Fukuoka City, its capital, and Kitakyushu. The

Travel
Location

Kagoshima

Lush and tropical, Kagoshima Prefecture inhabits the southernmost part of Kyushu and includes a string of islands stretching to Taiwan. The most famous of these