Mt. Takasaki Wild Monkey Park

OITA Oita City An artistic and cultural hub where forbidden Christianity once flourished

An artistic and cultural hub where forbidden Christianity once flourished

As a former gateway to the West, the seaside town of Oita has many religious and European artifacts as well as a wealth of museums and art galleries. Filled with plenty to see, do and discover, it's the perfect place to explore a different side of Japan.

Don't Miss

  • Exploring the reminders of Oita's Christian past
  • The area's rich culture of art, sculpture, and crafts
  • Witnessing monkeys in the wild at the monkey park

How to Get There

Oita is easily accessed by plane, car or train from all across Japan.

Oita can be reached from Tokyo's Haneda Airport in less than two hours and Osaka's Itami Airport in one hour. It is then a one-hour bus ride or 25-minute ride by hovercraft from the airport into the city.

By train, Oita Station is served by the Kyudai, Hohi and Nippo lines, with access to much of Kyushu and wider Japan.

Where Christianity flourished

With the influence of trading ships from the West and the conversion of a local feudal lord in the 16th century, many people in Oita became Christians. When Japan prohibited the religion in the 17th century, many believers were forced to renounce their faith to avoid execution, or practice their faith in secret.

Learn about the area's dark religious history

The Oita Christian Martyrs Memorial Park is a tribute to the 200 local people who died as Christian martyrs in the 17th century. The figures remembered here decided they'd rather face execution than denounce their faith.

Experience the serenity of the park at sunset

Nearby are a replica of a Portuguese galleon and a statue of Francis Xavier, which serve as reminders of the area's rich historical connection to Europe.

Soak up art of local and national significance

Oita Art Museum's 3,000 works include pieces designated as important cultural properties of Japan. Dive deep into the world of the local artistic talent, by visiting the Oita Prefectural Art Museum , a modern structure built in 2015 that houses work by artists inspired by the local way of life.

Masterpieces in the vicinity

In neighboring Asaji, the Asakura Fumio Memorial Park boasts a collection of beautiful sculptures by local artist Asakura as well as a cultural hall featuring art, handicrafts and calligraphy. Climb the platform in the park for panoramic views of the sculptures dotted throughout the area.

Family fun with sea life

Whether you want to unwind while watching the fish and other sea creatures in a 61-meter high tank or interact with sea creatures in shallow pools, Oita Marine Palace Aquarium offers something for everyone.

There are many performances and interactive sessions where you can watch dolphins, sea lions and other animals in action and find out more about their living environments.

Monkey and nature conservation in action

Opened as a means to manage the local monkey population and their natural environment, Takasakiyama Monkey Park is a great way of seeing a typical day of the 1,300 wild monkeys.

Don't miss feeding time, a daily highlight on the monkey park calendar. After feeding these fuzzy locals, you can watch them run around, groom each other and sunbathe. Follow one of the park's walking courses to see the monkeys without having to deal with the crowds.

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