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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Beppu Global Tower

Towering over Beppu City at 125 meters is arguably the best location to see Beppu from up close: Beppu Global Tower. Feel like you’re dangling over Beppu with the 360 panoramic glass views or enjoy your lunch outside on the seated Observation Deck with views of where the mountain meets the sea!

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Saiki-jo Castle

The walk up to Saiki Castle ruins is only a steep 15 minutes but we can promise you that the view from up top is worth it! All in one place, you can see Yufuin town, the river estuary, coast and on a good day, even the islands of Shikoku in the distance!

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Charo

Tucked away in the streets of central Yufu City is a collection of beautifully created, designed, curated traditional Japanese sweets! These wagashi sweets focus on Japan’s changing seasons so whenever you decide to visit this spot, you’ll definitely be in for a treat!

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Tenchi-an Yufuin Hanare Soba Restaurant

A soba-specialty store among Yufuin’s backstreets serves some of the best homemade noodles in town. The chewiness of the noodles dipped into the duck soup broth makes for a ridiculously refreshing meal, perfect for both summer and winter!

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Croissant and Coffee Shop

Woke up early to see the mist on Lake Kinrin? Maybe coffee will help wake you up! Right next to the lake is straight-to-the-point specialty cafe, ’Croissant and Coffee Shop. Croissant and Coffee Shop is not only a beautifully-designed crook of the neck cafe but serves some of the best coffee ice-cream we’ve ever tried!

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Sagiridai Overlook

At the Sagiridai Overlook, you can literally hear the hills and mountains echo with song, as it’s the best location to participate in the annual “Ushikui Shouting Contest”– an event where participants scream at the top of their lungs for release and then eat delicious beef. Only a 10-minute hike from Yufuin, the Overlook’s parking lot is the perfect place to see both Mount Yufu and Yufuin Town shine!

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Hotels 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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