Oita, another prefecture that will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, faces onto the Seto Inland Sea and Bungo Suido Channel. In addition to its ocean views, Oita prides itself in the many natural delights nestled within its grand Kuju mountain range.
Located inside Aso-Kuju National Park, Tadewara Marshland is one of the largest moors in Japan, where many rare plants grow. It was registered, under the Ramsar Convention in 2005 and was recently declared “Sobo, Katamuki, Ootsue UNESCO Eco Park” in June, 2017.
Officially registered as “Sobo, Katamuki, Ootsue UNESCO Eco Park” in 2017″, Fujikawachi Valley hosts a white granite rock formation with years of geological history.
Another highlight among Aso Kuju National Park is Kuju highland, with its splendid view of grassland stretching into the distance. Many rare plants have been maintained through the burning of dead grass in the fields each spring. It is also an ideal destination to witness the twinkling stars during the night, as there are no other lights around.
Running alongside Japan’s tallest active volcano, Mount Aso, and through the Kuju mountain range, this popular driving route “Yamanami Highway” offers spectacular views of the lush landscape that will tempt you to pull over and get a closer look at the scenery.
Nicknamed as “Asia’s Niagara Falls,” Harajiri Falls represents a horseshoe shaped waterfall rated one of Japan’s “top 100 waterfalls”, which stands boldly among scattering of rice fields, and mountains – a quintessential Japanese landscape.
Located at the foot of Mount Sobo, Kawakami Valley hosts a picturesque mountain stream. A lush green in spring and summer, the valley turns brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange in autumn, and is highly beloved among climbers and hikers.