About Oita
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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The Streets of Yufuin

Enjoy some adorable streets and lovely Lake Kinrinko

Yufuin no Mori

Ride this special train from Beppu to Yufuin!

Global Tower Beppu

Awesome views of Beppu from a new modern tower

Tomonaga Bread Shop

The best red bean buns served in town!

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Hell on Earth - complete with t shirts and ice cream

Great pictures!

Beppu Beach Sand Bath

Even the sand is warm in Beppu

I definitely want to try this on my upcoming trip to Beppu!

Steamed Dishes from Hell’s Kitchen

Beppu specialty: Jigoku Mushi Kobo

Great advice, thank you!

Beppu Ropeway

Great views of Beppu from atop Mount Tsurumidake

Great location, thank you!