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Japan's best hot springs from Beppu to Yufuin

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Beppu

Beppu

Beppu is famous for its various Jigoku or in English, hells. Don't be alarmed, this is not a place people are sent to be puni...

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 Yufuin

Yufuin

Yufuin is a stunningly gorgeous little town just an hour away from Beppu by train. It is full of lovely shops selling a varie...

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Upcoming Oita Events

Ogiyama Fire Festival 2025

Ogiyama Fire Festival 2025

Kim

The Ogiyama Fire Festival started in 1976 and is held in early April each year as part of the Beppu Onsen Festival. The event...

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Where to eat in Oita

Spice Cafe Cuhponos 6

Spice Cafe Cuhponos

Kim

Craving Vietnamese Cuisine? Spice Cafe Cuhpanos in Beppu has you covered. They have a range of authentic dishes including pho...

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Othello Coffee Roasters 8

Othello Coffee Roasters

Kim

If you're a coffee lover, Othello Coffee Roasters in Beppu is a must. Excellent coffee, home baked sweet treats, and a trendy...

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Places to stay in Oita

Stay at Shiosai No Yado Seikai 10

Stay at Shiosai No Yado Seikai

Kim

If you're after a relaxing ryokan stay, Shiosai No Yado Seikai in Beppu is just the ticket. Situated right on Beppu Bay, the ...

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Staying at BBC Nagayu

Staying at BBC Nagayu

Tristan Scholze

Rejuvenating B&B in a mountainside grove along a river. On the edge of Aso-Kuju National Park, the cabins have a library, min...

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Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kyushu
Island Kyushu
Capital Oita
Population 1,196,529
Area 6,340.61 sq. km

Though a bit far from many of Japan’s big cities, a trip to Oita Prefecture (大分県, Ōita-ken) is well worth it for the hot springs alone. Oita boasts the most onsens in Japan (over 4,500), including Beppu and Yufuin, the country’s two largest hot springs areas.

When you’re not bathing and relaxing, experience a bit of Japanese culture first-hand by visiting Usa Jingu Shrine and the unique Usuki Stone Buddhas. Hikers will enjoy the nice views from Mount Yufu and Mount Kuju, while children are in for quite an adventure at the African Safari Park and Umi-Tamago (literally “sea egg”) aquarium.

Tourists can also participate in “green tourism” and “blue tourism,” short-term homestays at farms and fishing villages respectively. Don’t forget to have some tori-ten, or chicken tempura, while you’re in Oita too. 

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