Also known as Funai Castle, Oita Castle was constructed by Takenaka Shigetoshi, who took over after Fukuhara Naotaka, the brother-in-law of Ishida Mitsunari who served under Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Explore these great things to see and do in Oita, from mud and sand baths at Beppu to the art and architecture of Usa Jingu Shrine.
Huge volumes of water, spanning 120m wide, flow over the semicircular cliff and fall 20m to the lake below.
This natural beauty has led to it being referred to as the “Tyrol of Asia.”
Kokonoe Yume Grand Suspension Bridge provides a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding region.
Located at the foot of Mt. Yufu, Yunotsubo Kaido Street is filled with shops selling local Ōita specialties and souvenirs, and restaurants specializing in local gourmet items such as toriten chicken tempura.
Located in what was formerly known as Bungo Province, Mt. Yufu has earned the nickname “Bungo Fuji” for its beloved, stunning beauty.
In mid-November, the Mamedamachi district and the Kagetsu River region are lit with some 30,000 bamboo lanterns, creating a festive nighttime atmosphere.
Join the festivities celebrating the town’s history at this lively matsuri.
The iconic high-end gourmet item of Oita.
Called toriten in Japanese, chicken tempura is a local food staple in Oita, and is commonly served in restaurants and establishments throughout the prefecture.
Mackerel (saba) and horse mackerel (aji) caught in the rough currents of the Bungo Channel are meaty and have incredible flavor, earning each recognition as a distinct brand known as Seki Saba and Seki Aji, respectively.
Founded in 725, Usa Jingu Shrine is the main sanctum of over 40,000 hachiman shrine locations throughout the nation.
Located at Myoban Onsen, one of the Beppu Hatto, Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land is famous for its unique, creamy mud bath which is reputed to be wonderful for the skin.
Located within Uenogaoka Park, Ōita City Art Museum is a place of tranquility in the midst of lush greenery.
Kuju Flower Park is a 20-hectare (50-acre) natural flower garden located 800m above sea level at the center of the Kuju Plateau, which boasts some of the best natural scenery of the country.
Located along the shoreline adjacent to Beppu Kanko International Port, Beppu Beach Sand Bath is a unique experience in which you are covered up to the neck in hot spring heat sand, allowing your body to sweat.
Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hell Tour) is a tour of eight Beppu hot spring locations where fumarolic steam and gases escape out of the ground.
Established in 1922, Hyotan Onsen is a long-standing onsen spot within the Kannawa Onsen district, one of the eight Beppu Hatto.
Literally “Hell’s steaming,” Jigoku-Mushi is gourmet cuisine cooked using geothermal energy.