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..

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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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Beppu Park Cherry Blossoms

Beppu Park Cherry Blossoms

Boasting the highest concentration of hot springs in Japan, it's hardly surprising that the coastal city of Beppu in Oita Prefecture has earned the reputation as being the place to come for anyone wanting to seek a part of the quintessential hot ..

The Streets of Yufuin

The Streets of 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 stu..

Yufuin no Mori

Yufuin no Mori

Yufuin no Mori is a stunning old-fashioned train that runs from Hakata to Beppu, stopping at the lovely little town of Yufuin along the way. With rich wooden furnishings and gorgeous designs with green and gold highlights, Yufuin no Mori provides a r..

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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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