Savor Nature's Splendor in Aso-Kuju National Park
See the wild side of Oita Prefecture
There's more to Oita than hot springs! Delve into Kokonoe, located within Aso-Kuju National Park to find some of the best hiking in Kyushu. The park is breathtaking in all seasons, whether you come for the rich greenery of spring and summer, the vibrant autumn foliage, or fresh powder in the winter. That's right, snowy peaks in southern Japan. Why should we let the north have all the fun?
Don't miss the Tadewara Wetland, where a cedar plank boardwalk serves the dual purpose of protecting the wetlands and easing your hike. Amble along the path as you soak in the preserve's natural beauty and diverse wildlife.
If the wetland boardwalk isn't high enough for you, brave the Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge, Japan's highest pedestrian walkway. Take in a 360-degree view of the mountains and see if you can spot the Shindo Waterfall!
And let's not forget about Kokonoe itself. A variety of restaurants are ready to wow you with their culinary delights before you finish the evening with a soak in one of the town’s hot springs. Yes, there's more to Oita than hot springs, but the hot springs are pretty fantastic, too!