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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Popular Sights 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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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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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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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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Kasuga Shrine

Watch how Shino priests meticulously prepare the beautiful Kasuga Shine in the morning before guests arrive. When visiting Oita, we highly recommend a visit to Kasuga Shrine in Oita City.

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Kuton

Offering a number of delicious meals including sashimi, yakitori and hot pot and a fantastic sake selection, Kuton is a great, affordable dinner option when visiting Oita's Nakatsu.

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Nakatsu Castle

Built in 1587, Nakatsu Castle is one of Japan's three 'Mizujiro', or 'Castles on the Sea'. Visitors today can get a fantastic view of the surrounding area from the top of the castle and learn from a number or artifacts on display.

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Kogane Sansou

Looking for the perfect place to relax on your trip to Oita? Look no further than Kogane Sansou, a ryokan which offers both public and private onsen bathing experiences.

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Maple Yaba Railway Tunnel

Formally a railway tunnel of the old Yayaki network, this picturesque tunnel is now used by cyclists who are cycling along the Maple Yaba Cycling Road.

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Hirata Post Town

Formerly the Hirata Train Station, this building is now a rest spot for cyclists along the Maple Yaba cycling road.

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UNWIND AT THESE TOP ONSENS IN OITA ♨️

Known for its onsens and seafood, Oita has become a popular travel destination in Japan, especially for those wanting to take a break and relax. With the many different onsens you can stumble upon in Oita, we thought it might be easier to explain our favorites that we recently visited and tell you what makes them stand out from the rest.

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Our Top 5 Instagrammable Sights in Oita Japan

We’ve been heading to Oita prefecture quite extensively over the past couple months so we thought we’d share with you our top 5 picturesque sights we recommend you check out while there.

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The Ultimate Glamping Experience in Oita at the Satonotabi Resort Lodge Kiyokawa

If you love the idea of camping but don’t want to forgo the comforts of home then the glamping experience at Satonotabi Resort Lodge Kiyokawa is for you. We recently had the fortune of heading out to Bungo-ōno city in Oita prefecture where we got to experience the ultimate glamping experience without breaking the bank.

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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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