With amazing landscapes, clean air, and natural spring water, Taketa is gorgeous, especially when you go off the main roads in the Kuju Highlands. The area is most well known for its water. Its Nagayu Onsen is most famous as the home of Japan's best carbonated water springs, notable for its health-enducing properties. The water in Taketa is not just for bathing. Meisui no Sato is one of the springs in the area noted for its purity and great mineral properties. In Taketa, water is life.
Nagayu Onsen is unusual for a Japanese hot spring for its high natural carbonation, the reason for its cultural exchange with Bad Krozingen in Germany
The area is also home to Kuju Wine, as the climate is well suited to wine grapes and the famous waters an abundant resource
Oita Station is served by the Kyudai, Hohi and Nippo Main Lines, offering access to much of Kyushu. From Oita Station, take the JR Hohi Line for about 80 minutes and get off at Bungo-Taketa Station.
Takeda’s crystal-clear spring water comes from the Aso mountain range and was selected as one of the best 100 springs in Japan.
It is utilized for farming trout and producing tofu and sprouts. Spring water is plentiful in Taketa and has become the trademark of the city.
Located on top of a hill, the castle was once thought to be impenetrable, but its main structures were torn down in the 19th century. Its grand stone walls remain to this day indicating the astonishing building techniques that were used at the time.
Don’t miss the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the former site.
Designated as a form of cultural heritage by the city, these stone statues look down from atop high rocks. It is said that the Aizomedo figures make people’s wishes related to love come true.
Easily accessible from Bungo Taketa Station, Takeda Hot Spring Hanamizuki is a popular bathing spot. Have a long soak in the large baths in this well-kept wood paneled building. After your bath, head to the souvenir shop on the first floor to pick up some original Taketa products including sweets and seasonings. If you are feeling hungry, the restaurant upstairs serves local fried chicken and various set meals. If you are in the area but don’t have time for the fun hot spring experience, use the free foot bath in front of the main entrance.