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Oita prefecture is blessed with rich natural resources. There is a lot of sightseeing facilities and majestic landscapes created by the major volcanic eruption of Aso. Volcanic activities produce hot springs, boasting the number of sources and the amount of discharge which are the top in Japan, and plenty of spring quality, and Oita has unique hot springs in each area. There are more than 60 hot spring areas such as Beppu, Yufuin, Kuju, Kokonoe, Taketa, Nagayu, Sujiyu, and Amagase. Oita is also blessed with good foods gathered from the mountains and the sea and many delicious local cuisines, Oita is precisely the treasure house of the taste.
For those who are interested in temple and shrine, the northern area including the Kunisaki peninsula is recommended.
A unique mountain religious culture called the Rokugo Manzan Culture has long prospered in the Kunisaki peninsula. There are many temples such as Fukiji Temple and Futagoji Temple, and also other sites such as Usa Shrine which is the second highest rank in Japan and Ajimu winery where you can do tasting local wines.
In the middle area you can enjoy magnificent scenery created by the major volcanic eruption of Aso.
Beppu and Yufuin are the best hot spring areas in Japan, the most famous sightseeing spot in Oita. In Beppu, there are Hells, steamed sand hot spring, Takasakiyama monkey park, Umitamago aquarium, and lactenchi. On the way from Beppu to Yufuin, there are Beppu Ropeway go up to Tsurumidake mountaintop, Shidakako Lake where swans elegantly swim, and Kijima Korakuen amusement park. In addition, the Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge, Cyojabaru and Kuju Hana Park are places where you can enjoy the natural scenery.
You can enjoy fresh seafood in the southern area.
Saiki, which accounts for 70% of the catch of seafood in Oita, is famous for Kaisendon (bowl of rice topped with seafood) and Iwagaki (oyster) in early summer and Iseebi (lobster) from autumn to winter can be eaten. Tuna in Tsukumi, and Fugu (blowfish) in Usuki are also famous.
【Northern area tourist spots】
Buddhism culture called Rokugo Mmanzan has flourished from the 8th century and there are many temples.
★ Fukiji Temple is one of the three Amidado in Japan, alongside Chusonji Konjikido and Byodoin Hooudo.
★ Futagoji Temple is the head temple of the Rokugo Manzan.
★ Usa Jingu is the second higest lank shrine in Japan.
★ Ajimu Winery – You can sample local wines and do shopping.
【Middle area tourist spots】
Beppu city has 8 main hot springs collectively called “”Beppu Hatto””, which is the most famous hot spring resort in Japan. Both the amount of spring and the number of source are the top in Japan, and you can enjoy a variety of hot springs not only ordinary hot springs, but also a sand steaming bath and a hot spring only for viewing “”Beppu Hells””.
It takes about 15 minutes from Beppu station and Beppu port to the hells. There are “”Takasakiyama Monkey park”” and “”Umitamago Aquarium”” in the vicinity, which can also be reached from Beppu station in about 15 minutes. There are African Safari, Kijima Korakuen amusement park, Shidaka Lake at a distance of about 30 minutes. At about an hour away there is another popular hot spring resort, Yufuin, and the Sanrio Harmony Land famous for Hello Kitty.
1. Beppu Hells
Hell means fumarolic fountain around 100 ℃, hot sludge, boiling water spouting from the ground, and it is very impressive how they spew from deep underground. Among them, the Umi-Jigoku (sea hell), the Chinoike-Jigoku(blood pond hell), the Tatsumaki-Jigoku (tornado hell) and the Shiraike-Jigoku (Lake Pond Hell) are designated as National site of Scenic Beauty.
2. Takasakiyama Monkey Park
Approximately 1,500 Japanese monkeys are divided into B and C herds. You can observe the behavior and expression of wild monkeys coming down from the mountain to eat food alternately.
3. Umitamago Aquarium
The aquarium is located next to Takasakiyama and facing Beppu Bay, and the theme is interaction with sea animals. Aiming to be an aquarium where you can feel creatures close to you, it is a devised exhibition. Variety-rich events are held everyday.
It is an amusement park where you can feel popular animals in zoos and aquariums familiar.
Duck race is popular here, and you can bet 100 yen on each race. It will be fun for all generation.
5. Beppu Ropeway
From the mountaintop of Tsurumidake with an altitude of 1,375 m, you can overlook the Beppu area, as well as Yufu, Kuju Mountains, Chugoku and Shikoku area.
In addition, you can enjoy the seasons of nature and scenery, such as cherry blossoms and Miyama Kirishima in spring, cool in summer, autumn leaves, and rime in winter.
6. Shidakako Lake is a nature rich lakeside viewing Mt.Yufu and Mt.Tsurumi.
7. Kijimakogen Park
Jupiter, Japan ‘s first wooden coaster, boasting spectacular beauty built up with 60,000 pine trees, is very thrilling..
8. African Safari
It is one of the largest safari parks in Japan spreading in vast grasslands, and 70 species, about 1400 wild animals live there. You can ride a jungle bus to experience the feeding of wild animals.
9. Harmony Land is a Sanrio’s theme park famous for Hello Kitty.
1. Beppu Hells http://www.beppu-jigoku.com/index.html
2. Takasakiyama Monkey Park http://www.takasakiyama.jp/takasakiyama/en/
3. Umitamago Aquarium https://www.umitamago.jp/en/
4. Rakutenchi http://www.rakutenchi.jp/
5. Beppu Ropeway http://www.beppu-ropeway.co.jp/leaflet/leaflet_eng.pdf?d=20150504
6. Shidakako Lake http://www.shidakako.server-shared.com/~shidakako/
7. Kijimakogen Park http://www.kijimakogen-park.jp/
8. frican Safari http://www.africansafari.co.jp/
9. Harmony Land http://www.harmonyland.jp/english/harmony/harmony.html
★Yufuin is a hot spring town known for its quiet relaxing atmosphere. The landscape is popular and a very good place for walking. Many souvenir shops lined up in the Yunotsubokaido Street.
★The Yamanami Highway is located in the Aso Kuju National Park in the central part of Kyushu, and it is one of Kyushu’s best drive courses because the spectacular view of the mountains and highlands can be seen. You can enjoy not only the green from spring to summer but also the autumn leaves, so there are many places where you can enjoy the scenery, such as the flower park, the Kyusuikei, the Kokonoe Yume suspension bridge,
★Kuju Flower Park , with the background of the Kuju Mountain Range and Mt. Aso, boasts a size of 220 thousand kilometers ,500 million species of flowers blooming from spring to autumn, tulips and poppies in spring, lavender in summer, and in autumn you can appreciate 1 million cosmos.
★The Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge is a pedestrian-suspended bridge with the total length of 390 m and the height of 173 m boasting the highest of Japan, and you can enjoy a spectacular view of the mountain along with the Kyusuikei.
★Oka Castle Ruin
There are a lot of cherry blossom trees in the inside, and it has been selected as “” Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites “” because of its beauty.
The remains of Stone wall has retarded the figure at that time, and the period of cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves is very beautiful.
★Harajiri waterfall is a very rare waterfall “”suddenly appears in the countryside”” created by the large eruption of Mt. Aso 90,000 years ago.
【Southern area tourist spots】
★Inazumi Underwater Limestone Cave is the largest cave in Japan, which is rare in the world.
★Usuki Stone Buddha is the statues carved on a natural rock wall group of National Treasures. It was built over a thousand years ago.
★Tsukumi Dolphin Island is an experienced facility featuring dolphins and humans’ contact and healing themes. You can swim and touch with dolphins.
★Bungo Futamigaura is a popular place as a sunrise spot. The large shimenawa connecting the couple rocks is about 65 m in length, about 2 tons in weight, about 75 cm in maximum diameter, and was published in the Guinness Book of Records in 1994.
★Sushi, Iwa-gaki oyster (June – July), Ise-ebi (lobster) (September – December) in Saiki
Fresh seafood can be enjoyed in Saiki City which accounts for 70% of catch within the prefecture
★You can experience buckwheat noodles.
【Oita 3 day tour example】
Oita Airport – Usa Shrine – Beppu Night – Hell – Takasakiyama Monkey Park – Uimitago Aquarium, – Yufuin Night – Kinrinko Lake – Kokonoe Suspension Bridge – Yamanami Highway – Kuju Flower Park – Kuju Night – Harajiri Fall – Usuki Stone Buddha – Sushi in Saiki – Oita Airport
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