What to See and Do in Oita

What to See and Do in Oita

Oita Prefecture is a coastal prefecture in Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu. Oita is renowned for being one of the most famous hot spring (onsen) destinations in Japan, due to the number of springs, and the sheer volume of hot water produced in the prefecture.

Oita prides itself in its famous onsen cities such as Beppu, one of the most famous onsen towns in Japan, and Yufuin, which boasts peaceful onsen resorts at the foot of elegant Mt. Yufu. These are both close to Oita City, which will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

1Beppu Onsen

Located in the central part of Oita Prefecture, The Beppu-onsen Spa consists of eight hot spring areas called “Beppu Hatto.” Enjoy various ways of bathing and visit the Beppu Hells, seven spectacularly colourful hot springs for viewing (as the name implies, these particular are unfortunately too hot to enter.)

Beppu onsen, hot springs in Oita.

2Sand Bath

On the beach of Shoningahama in Beppu City, you can find a chance to get your body buried in the sand and ease your muscles by sinking into the warmth by the blue ocean. It is beneficial for healing various ailments, from cuts, to stiff joints, sensitivity to colds, and more.

Sand bath, Oita, Kyushu, Japan.

3Mud Bath

Myoban onsen is part of “Beppu Hatto,” and is known for the large and spacious open-air-mud bath. The white, smooth mud is said to be great for your skin and face.

Myoban onsen, a part of Beppu Hatto in Oita

4Jigokumushi Kobo Steam Cooking Centre

Making use of the hot spring heat, the local cuisine called “Hell Steam Cuisine”, and is simple and healthy due to the gentle, additive-free cooking method. At the Jigokumushi Kobo Steam Cooking Centre, you have the opportunity to steam your own meals.

Beppu Jigoku steam cooking in Oita

5Kanno Jigoku Onsen

A little ways from Beppu, you can experience a cold mineral spring. Its temperature of origin spring is only 14 degrees, and it is only open in summer. Due to the remote location, it is definitely an off-the-beaten-path onsen, though it has a long history dating back to the Edo Period.

Kannojigoku onsen in Oita, Kyushu, Japan.