About Oita
Region:Kyushu
Island:Kyushu
Capital:Oita
Population:1,196,529
Area:6,340.61 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.

Things to Do in Oita

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Tsurumidake Shinzen Garden

Enjoy beautiful autumn leaves and winter sakura

Local Favorite in Beppu: Kame-sho

One of the best sushi restaurants in Beppu

Beppu Ropeway

Great views of Beppu from atop Mount Tsurumidake

Hyotan Hot Springs In Beppu

Tattoo and tourist friendly

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Local Favorite in Beppu: Kame-sho

One of the best sushi restaurants in Beppu

Nice sushi and nice shots!

Guest House Rojiura

Top notch accommodation in Beppu

The library is heaven.

Beppu Yukemuri-no-oka Youth Hostel

Enjoy the stay surrounded by the boiling water of hell

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Oita's Samurai House, Ohara Tei

The Edo period frozen in time

I loved going to this place during the Kitsuki Jidai Matsuri in May and the various free kimono dress up days. It is a wonderful area to visit and experience a small part of Edo life and culture.