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OITA ITINERARY

3 Days in OITA Itinerary.

This is a sample itinerary for 2-3 nights staying at the closest accommodation to the stadium. Why not go sightseeing around the neighboring area while staying a while before and after the match?

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Oita
    Walking
    Oita Station

    Oita Prefectural Art Museum

    The Oita Prefectural Art Museum is a new museum which opened in 2015 and was designed by Shigeru Ban, a recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (also referred to as the Nobel Prize in architecture). This open space is entirely enclosed by glass and the unique design attracts the eyes. The concept of the museum is "Museum of Encounters and of the Five Senses", and it also emphasizes the idea that "visitors can imagine they are in their living room at home" and "visitors can grow alongside the citizens of the prefecture". The aim is for the art museum to be a place where people can casually touch the local area. The museum collects contemporary art and crafts that are famous in Oita, while exhibiting Oita's related exhibits and traditional culture. A wide range of work is introduced using this unique exhibition method.
    Walking
    Oita Station
    JR
    Usuki Station
    taxi

    Usuki

    Usuki is a town that prospered as a castle town. Usuki Castle (currently a castle ruin) was constructed by Otomo Sorin, who was famous as a Christian Japanese feudal lord, and the townscape was made alive during the early Edo Period. The "Nioza Rekishi no Michi" area is an area where remains such as Buke-Yashiki (samurai houses) and shrines and temples, allow visitors to experience the Edo Period. This neighbourhood is on a hill formed by the volcanic ash of Mount Aso and it is called "Cutting Edge" because it fell off the rock above and cut through the street. Usuki also has the Usuki Stone Buddhas, a National Treasure which is said to be a work made more than 1000 years ago. As the name suggests, stone Buddhas engraved on rock walls are numerous in quantity and definitely worth a visit!
    Walking
    Usuki Station
    JR
    Oita Station
    Bus
    Takasakiyama Bus Stop
    Walking

    Takasakiyama Natural Zoo

    Takasakiyama Natural Zoo is a place where park visitors can get close to the monkeys as they are fed; there are no separating cages so visitors can get up close and personal with nature! At Takasakiyama, which is said to be one of the birthplaces of monkey studies in Japan, it is said that as of 2016, 1365 Japanese monkeys inhabit the area. There are several monkey mountains where you can see wild monkeys in Japan, but there are not many places you can observe them without cages. Sometimes curious baby monkeys are brave enough to touch you! You can really see monkeys up close so please pay the park a visit!
    Walking
    Takasakiyama Bus Stop
    Bus
    Rokushoen Beppu Kaihin Koen Mae Bus Stop
    Walking

    Beppu-Kaihin Park (Sand bathing)

    Beppu is famous as an onsen town, but here at Beppu-Kaihin Sunayu you can enjoy a unique onsen called "Sunayu". In the onsen, it is common to enter the water baths naked, but at Sunayu baths, guests put on a special yukata and bath in warm sand! Don't worry your head is uncovered! When you lie down, the staff will pour warm sand on your body, it will stay warm for about 15 minutes. You can relax as the body gently warms while you look at the sea. After taking Sunayu, you can clean off the sand with a shower and finally head to the ordinary water onsen to warm up further. Why not try the unusual Sunayu baths.
    Walking
    Rokushoen Beppu Kaihin Koen Mae Bus Stop
    Bus
    Beppu Station
    Walking
    Beppu Onsen (Staying at a ryokan or hotel)
  • Day 2

    Beppu Onsen
    Walking
    Beppu Station
    JR
    Kitsuki Station
    Bus
    Kitsuki Shiyakushomae Bus Stop
    Walking

    Kitsuki

    Kitsuki Castle is a castle built in 1394, but it was destroyed down to the stonewall foundations due to a lightning strike during the Edo Period. Currently it is maintained as Shiroyama Park, a tower was built to simulate the real thing, and the interior is now used as a museum. Kitsuki flourished as castle town and the remains of the Edo Period and the cityscape have been maintained. Buke-Yashiki (samurai houses) are lined up in the north and south of the town across the merchant town, which is rare in Japan. The city is wonderfully preserved, but only recently it was selected as the Preservation District for Group of Traditional Buildings of the country. In Kitsuki the town cherishes the Edo style, and the tourism has been boosted with castle town sightseeing and kimonos you can rent. Please rent a kimono and enjoy Kizuki, a glimpse of the Edo style.
    Walking
    Kitsuki Shiyakushomae Bus Stop
    Bus
    Kitsuki Station
    JR
    Kamegawa Station
    Bus
    Umijigoku Bus Stop
    Walking

    Beppu Jigoku

    Oita Prefecture is known as having the most onsen in Japan, and Beppu is one of the onsen resorts representing Oita, among others. Among them, there are several onsen that offer various wonders, and collectively they are called "jigoku (hells)". Among various "hells", there is a beautiful cobalt blue hot spring called "sea hell". This hot spring was designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty of the country and has such a colour because of the iron sulfate. It looks cool to the eyes, but actually it is 98 degrees! It is possible to enjoy a footbath there, although you cannot take a bath. Another recommendation is "mountain hell" named because the fumarolic acid rises from everywhere in the mountain. There are many animals that take advantage of the onsen heat, such as capybara and goats. Here at this resort you can touch them directly.
    Walking
    Kannawa-2 Bus Stop
    Bus
    Yufuin Station
    Walking
    Yufuin Onsen (Staying at a ryokan or hotel)
  • Day 3

    Yufuin Onsen
    Walking

    Yufuin

    Another onsen resort representing Oita is Yufuin. Of course you can enjoy onsen in this area, but as soon as you get off at Yufuin Station, you can see "Yufumi Street", which meanders in the direction of the onsen town. Further on there is "Yunotsubo Kaido", which heads further toward Kinrin Lake. Only about 30 minutes on foot, you can spend a pleasant time simply by walking around the town and seeing the variety of shops such as restaurants, craft shops, cafes, and sweets shops lined up along the sides of the road. In addition, there are several museums scattered around the town on another route heading from the station toward Lake Kinrin . To go to this area, it is advisable to relax and enjoy the countryside scenery by using the famous sightseeing Tsuji Basha (horse carriages).
    Walking
    Yufuin Station
    JR
    Hita Station
    Walking

    Hita (Mameda) area

    Mameda Town in Hita City, Oita Prefecture, is a castle town that prospered as the celestial land directly under the shogunate in the Edo Period, known as Oita's small Kyoto. The old town prospered as a commercial capital of Kyushu, and the traditional houses and warehouses of the Edo Period were established. Today the old townscape has been beautifully preserved, and the buildings of mud walls and white walls stand like a set of historical dramas, and have won the "Utsukushii Machinami Taisho (Beautiful Landscape) prize" awarded by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. In recent years, shops and cafes, which renovated historic buildings, have been increasing, maintaining the atmosphere of historic Japan. You can enjoy the streets and experience a taste of the Edo Period while you relax. As forestry is prosperous in this land, the wooden craft using Hida cedar is popular.

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