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Japan's best hot springs from Beppu to Yufuin

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Cosmos Season at the Sanko Cosmos Garden

Cosmos Season at the Sanko Cosmos Garden

Oct 15th - Nov 10th

From mid October to early November each year, Oita's Sanko Cosmos Garden is filled with the color of millions of flowers in..

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Staying at BBC Nagayu

Staying at BBC Nagayu

Tristan Scholze

Rejuvenating B&B in a mountainside grove along a river. On the edge of Aso-Kuju National Park, the cabins have a library, mini-mountaineering..


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A Happy Stay In Hita

A Happy Stay In Hita

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A stay in Hita is a happy stay. Mountain and river scenery provide idyllic walks, while specially maintained parts of the town enable..

Oita Fragrance Museum

Oita Fragrance Museum


The Oita Fragrance Museum allows visitors to connect with their sense of smell in some unique ways. A wide range of fragrances are..

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Spring Charms of Usa

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It is said that pink is the colour of romance, so why not have a flutter from the scrolls from the love shrine, a 1950's contraption..


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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
Region Kyushu
Island Kyushu
Capital Oita
Population 1,196,529
Area 6,340.61 km²

Though a bit far from many of Japan’s big cities, a trip to Oita Prefecture (大分県, Ōita-ken) is well worth it for the hot springs alone. 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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