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Oita, 16 Dec.

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.

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Oita (Funai) Castle Ruins Park

Oita (Funai) Castle Ruins Park

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.

Harajiri Falls

Harajiri Falls

Huge volumes of water, spanning 120m wide, flow over the semicircular cliff and fall 20m to the lake below.

Yufu River Gorge

Yufu River Gorge

This natural beauty has led to it being referred to as the “Tyrol of Asia.”

Yunotsubo Kaido Street

Yunotsubo Kaido Street

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.

Mt. Yufu

Mt. Yufu

Located in what was formerly known as Bungo Province, Mt. Yufu has earned the nickname “Bungo Fuji” for its beloved, stunning beauty.

Hita Sennen Akari

Hita Sennen Akari

In mid-November, the Mamedamachi district and the Kagetsu River region are lit with some 30,000 bamboo lanterns, creating a festive nighttime atmosphere.

Usuki Gion Festival

Usuki Gion Festival

Join the festivities celebrating the town’s history at this lively matsuri.

Chicken Tempura

Chicken Tempura

Called toriten in Japanese, chicken tempura is a local food staple in Oita, and is commonly served in restaurants and establishments throughout the prefecture.

Seki Saba and Seki Aji

Seki Saba and Seki Aji

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.

Usa Jingu Shrine

Usa Jingu Shrine

Founded in 725, Usa Jingu Shrine is the main sanctum of over 40,000 hachiman shrine locations throughout the nation.

Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land

Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land

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.

Oita Art Museum

Oita Art Museum

Located within Uenogaoka Park, Ōita City Art Museum is a place of tranquility in the midst of lush greenery.

Kuju Flower Park

Kuju Flower Park

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.

Beppu Beach Sand Bath

Beppu Beach Sand Bath

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)

Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hell Tour)

Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hell Tour) is a tour of eight Beppu hot spring locations where fumarolic steam and gases escape out of the ground.

Hyotan Onsen

Hyotan Onsen

Established in 1922, Hyotan Onsen is a long-standing onsen spot within the Kannawa Onsen district, one of the eight Beppu Hatto.

Jigoku-Mushi Kobo Kannawa

Jigoku-Mushi Kobo Kannawa

Literally “Hell’s steaming,” Jigoku-Mushi is gourmet cuisine cooked using geothermal energy.





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