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Oita

Japan's hot spring paradise

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Beppu Fireworks Festival

Beppu Fireworks Festival

The Beppu Hanabi Taikai (Beppu Fireworks Festival) is a must-see summer event. The festival is held annually on either the last weekend of July or first weekend of August. Beppu Hanabi Taikai is held at Spa Beach, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. H..

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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..

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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..

Marukiyo Restaurant

Marukiyo Restaurant

Marukiyo (割烹丸清) is one of the most popular restaurants in the city of Nakatsu. One of the highlights of this restaurant is the traditional style of cooking it has upheld in this modern era. Even though I couldn't access the kitchen, I was told th..

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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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Usuki Calling

Usuki Calling

Usuki is an old castle town about an hour's train ride south of Oita, Japan. It is surely one of the prettiest places in the prefecture, if not on the entire island of Kyushu. The castle environs include Meiji-era homes, and everywhere along the ..

Hiking Mount Yufu dake

Hiking Mount Yufu dake

Characterized by its distinctive camel shaped twin peaks, Yufu-dake is a volcanic mountain that overlooks the picturesque resort town of Yufuin in rural Kyushu. From Beppu City, Yufu-dake can be reached in less than 45 minutes by a bus which passes t..

Kyushu's Stone Buddhas

Kyushu's Stone Buddhas

Situated about 40 kilometers south of Beppu City in Kyushu's Oita Prefecture lies the sleepy castle town of Utsuki which probably wouldn’t feature high on anyone’s itinerary if not for its impressive stone Buddhas Situated in a nearby..

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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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