Population: 1,178 million
photo by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋)
Oita Prefecture is in the northeast corner of Kyushu prefecture, its coastal areas, farmland, highland, and mountains lend to a mix of different farming and fishing culture.
The capital is the city of Oita.
- OITA CITY
- Ōita is the most populous city in Ōita Prefecture. The city is bordered by City of Beppu to the northwest, City of Yufu to the west, City of Taketa to the southwest, City of Bungo-ōno to the south, and City of Usuki to the southeast.
Takasaki mountain that borders Beppu is famous for wild monkeys, specifically the Japanese Macaque.
At the entrance to the Takasaki-yama park is the "Marine Palace" aquarium, also known as "Umi Tamago", or "Sea Egg".
The Ōita Stadium, also known as Big Eye or Kyushu Oil Dome, is situated along the city expressway. It is the home field of the J. League football club Oita Trinita and is used for large local events.
In the middle of the city, there are many shops and department stores. Some major departmental stores include Tokiwa, Parco, Frespo Kasugaura, and D Plaza. There are also shopping malls in the suburbs, such as Tokiwa Wasada Town and Park Place Oita.
Outside the city, scenic spots include mountain plateaus, seaside villages and towns renowned for onsen (hot springs).
- WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE
- Main tourist attractions include:
Stone Buddhas in Bungo Takada- where Buddhism and Shintoism are said to have fused in Japan.
Shouen Village in Bungo Takada- where the landscape and rice fields have kept the same natural scenery intact for 800 years. Here you can also experience a farm stay.
Yufu River Gorge- A ravine formed by Yufu River which flows between the Yufudake and Tsurumidake mountains.
Matama Beach- A beach on the west end of Kunisaki peninsula, which forms tidal flats at sunset to make for the designation of "One of Japan's Best 100 Sunsets"
Harajiri Falls in Bungo Ono- "The Niagra Falls of Japan" and "One of Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls"
Oita is said to have the largest output of hot spring resorts. Beppu and Yufu are the main hot spring locations
You may enjoy wakeboarding and windsurfing at Sumiyoshi Beach Resort Park in Kitsuki or cycling along the the Maple Yaba Cycling Road in Yabakei, Nakatsu.
Ryumon Waterfall in Kokonoe creates a natural waterslide where visitors can raft down the rapids, and even do modest cliff jumping into the main lagoon at the bottom of the waterfall.
Take a pleasure Boat on Mikuma River in Hita and eat dinner in perfect Japanese style on a "yakata bune", equipped with tatami mats, paper lanterns, servers in kimono, men rowing the boats, and specialty fish caught by birds.
- GETTING THERE
- By plane
Located approximately 25 miles northeast of Beppu, Oita Airport is the main commercial airport in Oita Prefecture and has daily services to and from Tokyo, Osaka (both Kansai and Itami) and Nagoya as well as a single international flight to Seoul, Korea with Korean Air.
Three JR Kyushu train lines run through Oita Station, located downtown: Nippo Honsen, Hohi Honsen and Kyudai Honsen.
The Nippo Honsen runs JR Kyushu's Sonic trains from Hakata Station, reaching as far south as Miyazaki.
Sonic express trains take approximately two hours to and from Hakata Station.
The Kyudai Honsen has local service running to the west through Yufuin and Hita, reaching as far as Saga Prefecture.
Finally, the Hohi Honsen runs local and express service through Bungo Ono to Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture.
Buses from virtually every major city on Kyushu have service to Oita and Beppu, the main ones being the multiple highway buses that run to and from Fukuoka.
- CLIMATE/ TEMPERATURE
- Ōita has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is somewhat lower in winter.
- WHAT TO WEAR
- During summer, you should be fine if you wear a short-sleeved shirt, t-shirt or a dress, however a long sleeved shirt is highly recommended if you choose to go near water or to the mountains.
In the winter, be sure to bring warm clothes such as winter coat or jacket, hat, scarf and gloves.
For the spring and autumn a light jacket or a sweater should keep you warm.
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