Japan’s Riviera: Welcome to “Hell”
Oita, on the eastern coast of Kyushu Island, with its thousands of onsens collectively spurting the most geothermally heated water in Japan, is truly the nation’s hot spring capital and a must-visit for those in search of volcanically-heated healing.
Oita is a steamy cornucopia of all-things-onsen. Beppu City and Yufuin Town in particular, with their arrays of nutrient-rich waters, offer bathers far more than just a bath. A myriad of healing remedies can be found as enthusiasts are steamed bare, covered in mud or sand, or, as vanilla as it sounds, just sat, as nature’s therapeutic baths work their magic. Designated a “Place of Scenic Beauty” the eight hot spring “Hells” of Beppu, however, are just for looking at. You have been warned. Beyond baths, Oita offers seasonal festivals like the rambunctious Nagahama Shrine Summer Festival and an abundance of local cuisine including Bungo Beef and horse mackerel — and, unrelated, if you stumble across Mount Takasaki Monkey Park there’s a sign that reads: “If you look into the monkeys’ eyes they will attack.” Dark sunglasses or mace recommended.
Places to visit in Oita
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Fuki temple is a historical temple originally built for prayers by the chief priest at Usa Jingu Shrine (a Japan national treasure) in 718. Fukiji Odo is one of three great Amitabha halls in Japan. The others include the Phenix Hall at Byodoin Temple in Kyoto
Oita Bank Dome
The Oita Bank Dome was originally built in 2002 for the football world cup by famous designer, Kisho Kurokawa. Due to the high-end architecture and largest retractable roof in Japan, spectators can enjoy a great view of the pitch from every seat. It is now cur
A gorgeous restaurant engulfed in a mysterious looking bamboo forest. As you enter, you are surrounded by a picturesque forest, perfect for a picture. There is also a gorgeous red bench and umbrella that further enhances your experience. Their main cuisin
Usa Shrine was founded around 8th century, also well known for second ancestral temple after Ise shrine. Usa shrine is the head shrine of thousands of shrines across Japan that are dedicated to Hachiman, the god of archery and war, who has also been identifie
Located in Hita City, Maruhara soy sauce company is most famous for their unique ayu fish sauce. Their sauce has no additives creating their speciality in a innovative patented process. Due to the high amount of amino acids contained in the sauce (double of th
Sanwa Shurui Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1958, Sanwa Shurui Co., Ltd specializes in high quality fermented and distilled beverages with their most notable being the iichiko branded barley shochu liquor. Sanwa Shurui Co., Ltd was started by 4 respected individuals in the city of Usa ded
Kunisakisou is set in Beppu, 5 km from Beppu Onsen. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this ryokan is air conditioned and is fitted with a TV. Extras include slippers and a hairdryer.
Yufuin Hotel Shuhokan
Located in the Yufuin hot-spring area, Yufuin Hotel Shuhokan offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi and public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths. Free parking is available on-site and guests can request relaxing massages for an extra
Featuring public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths, the completely non-smoking Ryotei Tanokura offers rooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors and traditional multi-course meals.
Situated at the top of the hill with great views, Resorpia Beppu provides resort-style accommodation boasting spacious hot spring baths, a swimming pool and tennis courts. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
Boasting luxurious guest rooms with open-air hot spring bath overlooking the ocean, Shiosai-no-yado Seikai is a 7-minute walk from JR Beppu Daigaku Station. It features spacious public hot spring baths and a spa salon.
Featuring free WiFi, Hotel Yuuhi offers accommodation in Beppu. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The rooms come with a TV. Each room has a shared bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.
With an outdoor hot-spring bath and free Wi-Fi, Oyado Ichizen is set at the foot of Mount Yufu, and has a traditional Sukiya style. It is a good location to enjoy the Yufuin Hot Spring Area.
Why Oita Should Be On Your Next Itinerary To Japan
Tucked away on the eastern coast of Kyushu island, Oita Prefecture has many attractions suitable for all types of tourists. While the average visitor may only visit this area for their amazing onsen (hot spring) culture, there is a lot more to this prefecture
Oita in Focus: Scenic View of Heaven, Sea, and Earth (Mt. Tsurumi Ropeway in Late Autumn)
Kyushu is known for the mountains and volcanoes found in the area. Among of which is Mt. Tsurumi (lava domes) found in Oita Prefecture. Usually, people travel to Beppu or Yufuin city when they visit Oita. Mt. Tsurumi and the ropeway is found in the middle of t