Are you going to Japan to discover the islands of the Japanese archipelago? To help you prepare for your trip, we’ve selected some of the best cities to stay in Ōita Prefecture!
A prefecture in the northeast of Kyushu Island, Japan, with a population of 1,166,006 (2016), Ōita – which will host some of the matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup – is a cordon of several cities that are often unknown to the public, but are famous throughout Japan for their many onsen, hot springs of volcanic origin (there are around 3000 of them). As is often the case in Japan, finding a place to stay in Ōita will bear a high cost. Located between the cities of Miyazaki, Kumamoto, and Fukuoka, Ōita Prefecture is home to several interesting towns to see: Beppu, Yufu, Ōita, Usuki, Kunitsaki.
Ōita, open to the inland sea and adjacent to Tsurumi and Yufu Mountains, has a temperate climate in the north and tropical one in the south. Each city brings its own different atmosphere that will appeal to all profiles. Before you leave, discover our selection of the best areas to stay in Ōita.
The largest city in the prefecture, Beppu is known the world over for its famous onsen, hot springs capable of producing more than 100,000 kl of water per day and plunge the city into a cloud of smoke that looks cataclysmic and apocalyptic. Thus, public baths are at the forefront of the things to be done there. In Beppu, go and see the “Eight Hells” – Umi Jigoku, Oniishi Bozu Jigoku, Yama Jigoku, Jigoku Mushi, Shiraike Jigoku, Tatsumaki Jikogu – wells of boiling water colored red or blue, resulting in a geyser with a temperature of up to 210°F.
Ten minutes walk from Beppu station, there is a unique panoramic view of the city, at the top of the Beppu tower 330 feet high. Of course, don’t miss hiking on the slopes of the Yufu and Tsurumi mountains before heading to the African Safari, Asia’s largest animal park where you can observe 1,300 species of animals (bears, lions, giraffes, elephants or zebras). This exciting city to stay in Ōita Prefecture is heavily frequented by both Japanese and international tourists.
Surrounded by mountains between Beppu and Ōita, in the interior, the city of Yufu is located on the banks of the eponymous river and at the foot of the mountain of the same name. It is a spa with a dozen onsen, many ryokan and minshuku – typical Japanese inns -, many museums, art galleries and restaurants where you can enjoy the delights of Japanese cuisine. Don’t miss a trip to Lake Kinrin: from there, most of the hotels for accommodation in Yufu will be concentrated there.
The village of Usuki is famous for its 60 Buddha statues, dating back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and carved in stone. You will see many warrior and military buildings from the Edo period (1603-1868), including the Inaba and Marumo residences. Staying in Usuki allows you to enjoy an open-air museum, an authentic testimony of what feudal Japan was like and of which some vestiges still remain today.
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