Oita Guide

Oita Prefecture

Oita is located in the eastern part of Kyushu. It is situated close to both the sea and mountains, thus each season, Oita offers natural scenic beauty and super fresh seafood.

In terms of gush volume and the number of hot spring sources, Oita is blessed with an abundance of them.

Main cities and towns: Fukuoka, Dazaifu, Kita-kyushu, Kurume

Things to do in Oita



Yufuin is a lovely hot spring town (hot springs are also known as Onsens) located in a small valley surrounded by mountains and easy access by express train or a bus from Fukuoka. For so many years Yufuin has always been ranked as one of the best Onsen destinations in Japan. The main street is lined with cafes, souvenir shops and small museums. It has become a popular tourist attraction especially for woman, as the atmosphere is more like a trendy shopping area than a traditional hot spring town.


A "must-do" when you are in Yufuin is to try Rotenburo (open air bath) with the great view of Yufuin’s beautiful nature. You can immerse in yourself Yufuin and experience its rich nature in this timeless environment.

A rental bicycles service is available at the tourist office in JR Yufuin Station for a small charge.

Visitor Information
  • Access: 2hours by express train or bus from Hakata (Fukuoka)
Yunotsubo Street, Kinrinko Lake, Bussanji Temple, Ogosha Shrine

Yunotsubo Street
It’s a main street lined with many small shops, cafes, museums etc…

Kinrinko Lake
Kinrinko Lake is one of the landmarks of Yufuin located at the end of the main street. There is a hot-spring source which wells up in the bottom of the lake. In the cold early morning, particularly from fall to winter, the lake is shrouded in morning mist and creates a haunting atmosphere.

Tenso Shrine
A small shrine which stands along Kinrinko Lake.

Bussanji Temple
A small temple close to Lake Kinrinko, with a view of Mt. Yufu and surrounded by the great nature of Yufuin. There is a Buddhist temple treasured by the local people in Yufuin.

Ogo sha Shrine
The great cedar tree of this shrine was designated as a National important cultural asset in 1934. It measures 13.5m around the base and 35m high and is more than 1000 years old. The tree has a cavity of 5m² (3 tatami mat!). On the new year's eve of 1897, a fire got into its cavity and it continued to burn for 2 years 2 months and 2 days. People say they saw smokes gashing out from the top of the tree 30m up in the sky. Everybody thought the fire would kill the tree; however, it didn’t and it gained a power after this incident.


Usuki Sekibutsu (Stone Buddha)

Usuki is a former castle town and Samurai district and famous for its Usuki Sekibutsu (Stone Buddha). Usuki is located in the centre of Usuki City. It is highly recommended to take a stroll through the stone pavement called "Nioza Historical Road"

Free rental bicycles service available at JR Usuki station or for a small charge at the Tourist Information.

Usuki Sekibutsu (Stone Buddha)


It is said that the Stone Buddha statues were carved out of cliff rocks around the 12th century. There are over 60 statues and 59 of them were designated as national treasures in 1995. The statues each have their own different and unique face. The site is surrounded by bamboo trees making it very peaceful atmosphere.

Visitor Information
  • Access:
    20mins from JR Usuki by Bus. ¥300/per way
    1hour from JR Oita station by Bus. ¥990/per way
  • Opening Hours:
    06:00am – 07:00pm (April – September)
    06:00am – 06:00pm (October – March)
  • Admission fee: JPY530

The Nioza Historical Road

The Nioza Historical Road

The old castle town keeps the Edo period atmosphere with its stone-paved streets lined with white walls, old samurai residences and temples.

Visitor Information
  • Access: 10mins walk from JR Usuki Station

Seasonal event in Usuki:Takeyoi festival
Takeyoi festival
The beautiful bamboo lantern festival is held annually on the first weekend in November to welcome the soul of the Princess ‘Hannya-hime’

The date for 2016 is the 5th & 6th November.
For further images and details(in Japanese), please check the official link below.


Beppu is one of the oldest and most famous hot spring towns in Japan and is located in the Oita region. The town is surrounded by mountains and Beppu Bay and its gush volume is first ranking in Japan.

The Beppu hot springs consists of eight areas including Beppu, Myoban, Kannawa, Kankaiji and Hamawaki which are collectively called "Beppu Hatto"

Things to do in Beppu
‘Jiguku Meguri’, The Hell Tour along a path in the Kannawa area and it is the sightseeing highlight of Beppu. A ‘hell’ is basically a hot spring that you only look at rather than get in, unless you feel like you could brace temperatures up to 100°C. The three major spots are Umi jigoku (sea hell), Chino ike jigoku (blood pond hell) and Tatsumaki jigoku (tornado hell).

Hell Tour

Umi Jigoku
The ‘sea hell’ features a pond of hot, cobalt blue water. It is one of the most beautiful hells.

Chinoike Jigoku
The ‘blood pond hell’ containing red melted clay gushes out red hot water. It is the most photogenic hell out of the nine hells.

Tatsumaki Jigoku
The ‘spout hell’ features a boiling hot geyser, which erupts every 25-30 minutes for about five minutes.

Oniishi bozu Jigoku
This hell is named after the mud bubbles, which emerge from boiling mud pools and look like the shaven heads of monks.

Shiraike Jigoku
According to its name, the ‘white pond hell’ features a pond of milky white water.

Kamado Jigoku
The ‘cooking pot hell’ features 6 unique boiling ponds and a demon coloured an angry red on the cooking pot.

Oniyama Jigoku
Also known as ‘crocodiles’ hell’ as around 70 crocodiles are bred here.

Yama Jigoku
The ‘mountain hell’ features small ponds of steaming hot water and a small zoo.

Visitor Information

What to eat in Oita

Seki Aji, Shirshita Karei, Torafugu, Toriten

Seki Aji (Seki horse mackerel)
Seki saba (Seki mackerel)

A mackerel caught by single-hook fishing from the Bungo Channel in Oita. Seki-Aji are widely known for their high quality and standard. The best season for Seki Aji is from March to October and for Seki Saba from September to

Shiroshita Karei
a marbled sole from the sea below the Hiji castle ruins. The best season for Shiroshita Karei is from the end of May to September

Tora Fugu
(Tiger Blowfish): is one of the most prestigious edible Puffer Fish and it’s a local specialty of Usuki city. The most popular dish from the tora fugu is a sashimi called fugu-sashi. Fugu Nabe (hot pot) is also a popular style of fugu dish. The best season for tora fugu is from the end of September to the end of March

Tori ten
Chicken tempura, Oita’s most popular specialty.


Tours in Kyushu