Oita is located in the northeast of Kyushu. Surrounded by the mountains and the sea, nature-rich Oita is best known for hot springs. It ranks the highest in the country for both the existing number of hot springs (4,381) and the annual amount of spring water output. Along with onsen spas, Oita offers timeless history, nostalgic Japanese cultural experiences, and a wide variety of savory cuisines made with products from this resource-rich, abundant nature. OITA is sure to rejuvenate your body, soul, and mind as it should leave an ever lasting impression on your heart.
Beppu - The number of hot springs and the amount of spring output both ranked No.1 in the country. Beppu is one of Japan's leading hot spring resorts and is home to "Beppu Hatto" - a collective of 8 renowned onsen locations with unique components for each in the city.
Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hell Tour) - This tour takes you through 7 unique, and rather odd, natural hot spring locations including stunning cobalt blue "Umi Jigoku" (Sea Hell) and boiling reddish "Chinoike Jigoku" (Blood Pond Hell).
Nagayu Lamune Onsen - At the foot of the Kuju mountains is Nagayu Onsen with one of the best bicarbonate hotsprings in the country. It is as if you are dousing in soda as the fizz wraps all around your skin.
Usa Jingu Shrine - Constructed in A.D. 725, Usa Jingu Shrine is the main sanctuary of over 40,000 Hachiman Shinto shrines existing all throughout the country. This expansive site is entirely surrounded by the natural forest, providing a venerated atmosphere to the premises containing several structures of high historic value.
Usuki Stone Buddhas - Carved on the side of a rocky cliff is this cluster of over 60 figures of Buddha. Said to have been formed about 1,000 years ago between Heian and Kamakura era, this National Treasure site continues to be the symbolic spiritual protector for the locals.
Castle Town Kitsuki:
Try wearing a Kimono - Town of Kitsuki with nostalgic slopes and old-time townscape is an old castle town filled with a tranquil castle town ambience. Available here are unique programs for experiencing tea ceremonies, traditional Japanese calligraphy writing, and walking tours in kimono.
Jigoku Mushi Cuisine -Jigoku Mushi Cuisine utilizes geothermal energy of the area hot springs to steam cook the seasonal veggies and seafood. This encapsulates the flavors of the ingredients while adding the aroma of the springs, deepening the overall taste.
Toriten (Chicken tempura) - Battered and tempura fried is this Oita-style local specialty fried chicken, toriten. Soft yet crisp, this juicy chicken dish is best served with another Oita specialty Kabosu citrus ponzu sauce.
Tsukumi Hyuga-don - This specialty dish features slices of lean tuna topped with a original sesame sauce, green onions, and seasonings on top of a bowl of warm rice. This fishermen's dish is sure to make you smack your lips.
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