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Hot spring spas, or onsen, are the main attraction, but this area also features natural beauty and some of Japan’s earliest Buddhist sites.

It’s common to see steam spilling from towns and roadsides in Oita, one of Japan’s most geothermally active areas. Crowned by a ring of volcanoes separated by mineral-water-filled marshland, it is largely untouched except for lively communities around its famous springs. Alternate between Oita’s onsen and hikes, each revealing a completely new aspect of Japanese life.

Go from the train to Takasaki Mountain, whose Takasaki Monkey Park is famous for its community of Japanese macaques especially renowned for their human-like love of hot steam baths. Hike to the top of Mt. Yufu for panoramic views or ride the ropeway to the top of Mt. Aso to look into the steamy expanse of the Aso caldera, one of the world’s largest volcanic craters. Find more ethereal nature at the Yabakei Gorge and the Hells of Beppu, where hot springs are as beautiful as they are dangerous.

Oita was one of the first places Buddhism flourished in Japan, so drive to the Kunisaki Peninsula, where there are many early Buddhist temples and stone statues carved into hillsides. Clamber up the stone steps leading to Rakan-ji Temple, with its 3,700 stone Buddhas. Marvel at the intricate carvings that adorn Fuki-ji Temple, the island’s oldest wooden building.

Oita sprawls across the northeastern corner of Kyushu. Due to its rural character, much of the prefecture is best accessed by car, though a fairly robust train service connects major towns. Ride the train from Fukuoka, Kyushu’s capital and largest city, to Oita City in about 2.5 hours, to Beppu in 40 minutes and Yufuin in an hour. Trains to other major Japanese cities are available from Fukuoka. Oita Airport offers a variety of Japanese destinations. Take a ferry to Osaka or Kobe from Oita City in about 12 hours. Car rentals are available from Oita Airport and in most city centers.

Before leaving Oita, relax at the Meiji-era Takegawara Onsen, which includes the region’s famous hot sand bath.

Where to stay in Oita

Yufuin Onsen showing a river or creek, a small town or village and a bridge

Yufuin Onsen

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area reviews)

Unique features of Yufuin Onsen include the hot springs and lake views. Make a stop by Kinrin Lake or Yufuin Motorcycle Museum while you're exploring the area.

Yufuin Onsen
Niagemachi, Oita, Oita, Japan

Niagemachi

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and parks in Niagemachi. You might want to make time for a stop at Funai Castle or Oita Castle Ruin Park.

Niagemachi

Top Hotels in Oita

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Beppu Kamenoi Hotel
Beppu Kamenoi Hotel
3.5 out of 5
5-17 Chuo, Beppu, Oita-ken
The price is $46 per night

Located in the heart of Beppu, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Takegawara Onsen and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Umitamago. Hells of Beppu and JR Oita City are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,394 reviews)

"It was close enough to the main station and bus areas, easy access to various locations around town."…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Beppu Kamenoi Hotel
AMANE RESORT GAHAMA
AMANE RESORT GAHAMA
4 out of 5
5-32 Shoningahama-cho, Beppu, Oita
Free Cancellation
The price is $296 per night

Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Beppu Art Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hells of Beppu and Takegawara Onsen. Oita Fragrance Museum ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)

"Excellent services & excellent food quality, cannot ask for more."…"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019

AMANE RESORT GAHAMA
ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa
ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
499-18 Oaza Kannawa, Beppu, Oita
The price is $393 per night

Situated in the mountains, this luxury hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Hells of Beppu and within 9 mi (15 km) of Beppu Tower and Takegawara Onsen. Umitamago and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (55 reviews)
An amazing and breathtaking onsen stay!

"It was a breathtaking onsen spa resort that really relax mind and soul. I love the Mt Tsurumi view from the room that blew my stress away! The private onsen in the room gives me the best of both worlds to enjoy a spectacular scenic view and yet my private enjoyment of onsen! The staff at ANA Intercontinental ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2020

ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa

Popular places to visit in Oita

Hells of Beppu
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Hells of Beppu

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Gaze at the menacing steam and bubbling mud pits around these otherworldly hot springs, where you’ll find crocodiles, steamed desserts and geyser eruptions.

Takegawara Onsen
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Takegawara Onsen

3.5/5(7 reviews)

Takegawara Onsen is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Beppu. Discover the hot springs and spas in this culturally rich area.

Kinrin Lake
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Kinrin Lake

4/5(22 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Kinrin Lake, a popular spot to commune with nature in Yufuin. Discover the hot springs and spas in this relaxing area.

Kijima Kogen Park
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Kijima Kogen Park

4/5(5 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Kijima Kogen Park and see why this is a favorite amusement park in Beppu. Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's hot springs.

Mount Yufu
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Mount Yufu

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Mount Yufu during your travels in Yufu. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Hiji Castle
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Hiji Castle

4/5(3 reviews)

Read the framed map and browse a set of ruins for clues about the once-glorious design of this castle from the Edo period.

Top things to do in Oita

Fukuoka to Oita: Dazaifu, Yufuin & Beppu Hell Tour
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Fukuoka to Oita: Dazaifu, Yufuin & Beppu Hell Tour

$98
Per adult
Kyushu Line3 : Dazaifu+Yufuin+Beppu HotSpring
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Kyushu Line3 : Dazaifu+Yufuin+Beppu HotSpring

$55
Per adult
Kyushu Line1 : Yufuin+Kurokawa Hot spring
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Kyushu Line1 : Yufuin+Kurokawa Hot spring

$55
Per adult

Reviews of Oita

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Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Wish I had chosen to stay in Beppu instead.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

Good hot springs township in Beppu.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

Nice country city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 26, 2019

This was my 2nd trip to Oita. I ate toriten (chicken tempura) and it was delish. The area around Oita station is very new and modern. Lots of restaurant and shopping options.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 3, 2019

A lovely area, with hot springs, mountains and sea.

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