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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

KYUSHU Oita Invigorating onsen and artistic heritage

With a rich artistic and spiritual heritage, natural wonders like Yabakei Gorge and Beppu hot springs, Oita is an unspoiled pocket of Japan worth serious exploration

With sand, mud and water hot springs tucked away in unspoiled highlands and forests, Oita Prefecture is a place to rejuvenate the body and get in touch with nature. The most iconic onsen towns are Yufuin, which is overflowing with Bohemian charm, and Beppu, home to Japan’s famous eight "bubbling hells." Jutting out to the north of Oita, Kunisaki Peninsula boasts historic spiritual sites nestled against lush mountainsides, while inland and bordering Kumamoto is Kokonoe, a town full of rustic countryside charm and plenty of rare flora and fauna.

How to Get There

Fukuoka is the nearest and largest transport hub, with trains, buses and flights arriving daily. Westbound from Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima, Oita is accessible via Kokura by shinkansen. Fukuoka International Airport and Oita Airport can also be reached via air from Tokyo and Osaka.

If you're traveling by train from Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima, catch the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen heading to Hakata, and the switch at Kokura Station to the JR Sonic-Nichirin Limited Express heading to Oita. Express trains run from Kokura to Oita City, largely along the coast. Oita Station is served by the Kyudai, Hohi and Nippo Main train lines, offering access to Beppu, Yufuin, Hita, Saiki and other parts of the prefecture. By flying into the airport, Oita City can be reached from Haneda Airport in Tokyo in less than two hours, and Osaka's Itami Airport in an hour. It is a one-hour bus ride or 25-minute ride by hovercraft from the airport to the city.

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    The Hyotan hot spring baths, some of the most highly regarded in all of Japan
    Tasting an egg naturally steamed using Beppu’s bubbling onsen water
    Kokonoe Yume Grand Suspension Bridge, the highest pedestrian bridge in Japan
    Stores in the Hita area that celebrate Oita’s bamboo crafts

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Spring

    This time of year color floods the grass and marshland areas. Kuju Flower Park in Taketa City is a standout, while the Beppu area is awash with waves of pink cherry blossoms.

  • Summer

    Head to the Inazumi underwater caves to beat the summertime heat. Himeshima Beach offers another escape from steamy summer temperatures.

  • Autumn

    Fall attracts visitors wanting to see natural tapestries of red, orange and yellow. The Hita area comes alive with local bamboo festivals. Try the highly sought after seki saba mackerel, a local specialty.

  • Winter

    Oita’s winters are comparatively mild. Mt. Tsurumi offers a chance to see some local snow. Take a long soak in a Yufuin or Beppu hot spring to escape the cool.

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