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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.