Welcome to Oita Prefecture! Located on the island of Kyushu, Oita is well-known across the country for its unspoiled onsens and ryokans worth exploring. Hot springs resorts around the city of Beppu are especially famous for having unique water properties that boost health and well-being. In addition to that, Beppu also offers hot springs that are an absolute feast to the eyes, known as the ‘hells’ or jigoku. The renowned hot spring water comes in different colors, from blood red to cobalt blue, with temperatures up to 98 degrees. Today, Oita’s industrial activity is centered on agricultural products, especially kabosu limes and dried shiitake mushrooms. Many visitors come to Oita to enjoy several scenic towns and cities in this prefecture that are rich with Buddhist art and architecture.


The popular hot springs resorts are centered in and around the city of Beppu as well as Yufuin. Additionally, a lot of visitors come to Kunisaki Peninsula in the north of Beppu which has been called ‘Buddha’s village,’ where many Buddhist statues and temples remain.


The prefectural city that produces most onsen hot springs than anywhere else in Japan


Home to picturesque art museums, cafes and boutiques

Oita City

An artistic and cultural hub where forbidden Christianity once flourished

Kunisaki Peninsula

The center of Rokugo Manzan; a unique Buddhist, Shinto, and mountain worship culture


A charming old castle town; famous its numerous Stone Buddhas


Panoramic mountainous views and the highest suspension bridge in Japan

We arrange a wide array of meal choices for you, from Japanese traditional set meals, all you can eat, to local and seasonal specialties. Join us in exploring the taste of Japan!

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Different regions have their own traditional recipes and agricultural farming system. Many of the regional dishes can only be tasted in the original area they came from.


Oita original, bite-sized chunks of chicken seasoned with sake, garlic powder, and ginger, rolled in flour and then deep-fried in a tempura style. Served with a salad, a garnish of kabosu citrus fruit, mustard and ponzu, citrus, and soy-based dipping sauce, it has a soft bite and makes an inexpensive and filling meal. It can be found at izakaya pubs, bento shops, and other eating and drinking establishments.

Seki-Aji & Seki Saba

Oita’s aji (horse mackerel) and saba (common mackerel) are from the currents of Hoyo Strait. It is prized for the skillful way they are caught using the traditional pole-and-line method off the coast of Saga-no-seki. This method helps to ensure sustainability of the fish breed as well as to haul up the fish with minimum damage to its condition. Seki-saba and Seki-aji are savored for their delicious firm of flesh and rich levels of fish oil.


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Whether this is your first time visiting, or returning, make sure to participate in these unique activities, that cannot be done elsewhere!

Onsen (Hot Springs)

The hot spring culture has been with the Japanese for a long time. Buddhism, which first arrived in Japan in 552, used onsen for purification rites. The onsen hot springs in Oita contain various components classified as useful for relaxation and therapeutic purposes. If you feel reluctant, you can wear a traditional yukata and warm your body by burying your body in the sand or lay down relaxing on medicinal herbs placed on top of a warmed stone.


There is a lot of charming, scenic countryside in Oita Prefecture perfect for driving or cycling. From Yamanami Highway to Maple Yabakei Cycling Road and Kunisaki Peninsula, these varied terrains are for beginners and more accomplished cyclists/drivers. Each route provides a delightful environment for leisurely exploration.

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Recommended Hotels

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ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa

Hotel & Resorts BEPPUWAN

Beppu Kamenoi Hotel

Seaside Hotel Mimatsu OOETEI

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