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Oita

Japan's hot spring paradise

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Beppu

Beppu

Beppu is famous for its various Jigoku or in English, hells. Don't be alarmed, this is not a place people are sent to be punished in Japan, but a cool place to visit that draws Japanese and foreign visitors alike. Judging by the amount of signs and literature in Korean, it is particularly popula..

Yufuin

Yufuin

Yufuin is a stunningly gorgeous little town just an hour away from Beppu by train. It is full of lovely shops selling a variety of things, and many restaurants and cafes with delicious food. The town also boasts the beautiful Lake Kinrinko, where stunning autumn leaves display their colors in reflec..

Where to eat

Introducing Beppu's Seafood Delight

Introducing Beppu's Seafood Delight

When making your pilgrimage to Beppu, the unrivaled hot spring mecca of Japan, keep in mind that this sprawling old town in Oita prefecture is almost as famous for its seafood cuisine as for its healing waters. The following advice is for the lucky t..

Tomonaga Bread Shop

Tomonaga Bread Shop

A famous local bread store that sells amazing freshly baked bread. The lovely wooden bread store has an authentic traditional design and is definitely worth the visit. With friendly staff who will serve you hot bread fresh out of the oven to eat, you..

Local Favorite in Beppu: Kame-sho

Local Favorite in Beppu: Kame-sho

A local favourite in Beppu, the city of hot springs, Kame-sho will more often than not have long lines out the door for their fresh sushi. Located close to the Hell Onsen Tour, make a visit to this restaurant for an authentic local restaurant experie..

Places to stay

A Look at BBC Nagayu

A Look at BBC Nagayu

How about spending a few days in a small cabin in the woods, along a rushing river, with 13,000 mountaineering books and a cozy work desk to spend your days? On top of that, add a free pass to a hundred-year-old hot spring bathhouse just around the c..

Staying at BBC Nagayu

Staying at BBC Nagayu

Imagine a rural bed and breakfast that's in touch with tradition, but contemporary; isolated, yet convenient; simple, yet refined-and one located on the edge of a national park. BBC Nagayu (Bed, Breakfast, and Culture) sits on the outskir..

Guest House Cabosu Beppu Hamayu

Guest House Cabosu Beppu Hamayu

Located an extremely convenient 5 minutes walk from Beppu Station, Guest House Cabosu Beppu Hamayu is the perfect place for any traveller to stay. Spacious rooms, hostel onsen, and cheap prices make this guest house one of the best accommodations you..

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The Kumano Reliefs of Kunizaki

The Kumano Reliefs of Kunizaki

I don't recall when I first became enamored of the shape and beauty of stone, but it hasn't been too many years since my love of things lithic morphed into a fascination with images carved upon natural rock surfaces. I'm referring s..

Ohara Residence

Ohara Residence

Out of the many former samurai residences in the historic castle town of Kitsuki in Oita's Kunisaki Peninsula, the Ohara residence, with its splendid thatched roof and large strolling garden, is, probably, the finest. It belonged to chief retai..

Usa Shrine

Usa Shrine

One of the oldest and most important shrines in Japan, Usa Hachimangū, is dedicated to Hachiman, the god of warriors. Throughout history this deity has received much attention from the samurai class, the Imperial Family and, later, the common people...

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About oita

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKyushu
IslandKyushu
CapitalOita
Population1,196,529
Area6,340.61 sq. km

Though a bit far from many of Japan's big cities, the trip to Oita is well worth it if you're looking for some hot springs. Oita boasts the most onsens in Japan (over 4,500), including Beppu and Yufuin, the country's two largest hot springs areas.

When you're not bathing and relaxing, experience a bit of Japanese culture first-hand by visiting Usa Jingu Shrine and the unique Usuki Stone Buddhas. Hikers will enjoy the nice views from Mount Yufu and Mount Kuju, while children are in for quite an adventure at the African Safari Park and Umi-Tamago (literally "sea egg") aquarium.

Tourists can also participate in "green tourism" and "blue tourism," short-term homestays at farms and fishing villages respectively. Don't forget to have some tori-ten, or chicken tempura, while you're in Oita too.

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