Oita Travel Guide

Home to a hot spring hot spot that’s been famous for centuries — once you’ve conquered Oita’s world-class onsen, there’s much more to be discovered!

Oita Featured Food Experiences

Oita Featured Restaurants


Oryori Hatano

Lunch: ¥20,000-30,000
Dinner: ¥20,000-30,000

Beppu Hirokado

Lunch: ¥20,000-25,000
Dinner: ¥25,000-30,000


Lunch: ¥8,000-10,000
Dinner: ¥10,000-15,000


Lunch: ¥5,000-9,999
Dinner: ¥10,000-14,999

Located on the east side of Kyushu, Oita Prefecture enjoys the warm climate of the south, with perfect conditions for onsen, citrus fruits, and sun-seekers. Oita City is the capital, with lovely beaches and mountain parks.

Just a short trip north, you’ll find Japan’s most famous hot spring resort town, Beppu. This place has more variety of baths than you’ll find anywhere, and seven special ones just for viewing known as the “hells” of Beppu. Aside from soaking yourself to bliss, you can also enjoy some traditional onsen cooking, which uses nothing but the steam from the springs to cook some tasty treats.

Despite Beppu’s fame, the mountain town of Yufuin to the east is often rated higher by onsen hipsters for being less crowded and even more charming. For first time visitors, it’s best to try both! After you’ve been boiled to perfection in some of Japan’s most mineral-rich waters, you can leadoff to do some exploring. The Kuju Mountain Range has the tallest mountain on the island, and some nice volcanic scenery.

Head further to the north of the prefecture, and you’ll find the Kunisaki Peninsula — a rural region with some impressive shrines and temples. Perhaps the best is Rakanji Temple, which houses over 3,700 stone Buddha statues.

By traveling down Oita, you’ll be following in the footsteps of millions of visitors from years and centuries past. After you’ve lost yourself in the soothing waters of an onsen, you’ll understand exactly why they came.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to eat in Oita?

Citrus fruits thrive on Kyushu, including some you’ve never heard of, like the extremely sour kabosu. This is used as a flavoring for dishes, as is yuzukosho: a kind of paste created from yuzu fruit skin, salt, and chilis.

What are the best things to do in Oita?

Onsen hot springs are the main draw, so head to Beppu for a few days of bathing. You can tour the Seven Hells of Beppu — hot springs reserved for viewing rather than bathing — before settling in to a water, mud, or even sand bath.

When is the best time to visit the Beppu hot springs?

The hot springs in Beppu are — well — hot. This means you should avoid the height of summer, unless you want to be both boiled and roasted like a Christmas potato. And to enjoy the baths without having to brave cold air when you get out, the months of April to June are best.

What is Oita famous for?

People flock from all over Japan for the Oita hot springs, because this region is famous as one of the most volcanically active in an already very volcanic country! The onsen of Oita are mentioned in historical records as far back as the 8th century!

What to buy in Oita?

Bamboo weaving is a celebrated local craft in Oita, with hundreds of patterns and styles used to supply the onsen resorts. The only liquid more appealing than their onsen water is the Oita shochu: mild, fruity, and smooth.
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