Oita City is located in central Oita Prefecture. The city is blessed with a warm climate and an abundance of fresh produce from both land and sea .The central area is a leader in art, food, and culture. If you leave the city itself, you will find places where you can have more contact with nature such as Mt. Takasaki, where Japanese monkeys make their habitat, an aquarium, and lot's more.
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Oita sea food, as represented by Seki-aji and Seki-saba (horse mackerel and mackerel) fished with a rod and line from the Bungo Strait, is exceptional in its freshness and taste.
A specialty dish of Oita. Marinated chicken is coated in a mixture of flour and water, then deep-fried, and served with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce.
Fugu dishes are served at some Japanese-style restaurants in the city.
Fugu is a prized catch designated as one of the prefecture’s premier products. Fugu is a high-protein, low-fat food that also provides plenty of dietary collagen in its gelatin-rich skin.
A good balance of lean meat and marbled texture with an exquisite flavor.
"Dangojiru" or handmade thick noodles in a miso flavored (soy-based) soup cooked with a variety of vegetables such as Shiitake mushrooms and taro.
"Ryukyu" or slices of fresh fish marinated in a soy-based sauce. It goes well with sake and shochu.
In the city, there are a variety of coffee shops and cafés from
old-style to stylish coffee chains where you can sit around and relax.
In Oita city, there are a wide variety of hight quality at lower prices hotels. Some hotels even have a lot spring on their premises.
One of the latest landmarks in the city accessed through the central entrance to Oita Station. JR Oita City was newly opened in 2015 and is composed of a shopping mall "Amu Plaza", JR Hotel Blossom Oita, and City Spa "Tenku". There're more than 180 shops in the mall which contain clothing stores, interior and micellaneous goods stores, restaurants, a cinema comlex and an amusument arcade. There's a rooftop garden on the 8th floor of the building where a mini train "Kuro chan bun-bun go" runs. There's also a shrine and a small path with some small shops there.
The whole area appeals to all nationarities and ages. Strolling around the facilities and amenities is time well spent.
1-14 Kaname-machi, Oita City
Oita Ｓtation building
Tokiwa is a local department store located on the main street called Chuo-dori, only a 7 minute walk from Oita Station. The store sells various products from fashion items to local food, including famous brands.
In the basement they have a variety of souvenirs from all over Oita Prefecture.
2-1-4 Funai-machi,Oita City
5min from Oita Sta on foot
Park place is a big shopping complex in the eastern part of Oita City. The mall contains a supermarket, 3 floors of diverse shops ranging from clothing to electrical goods, a restaurant area, and a cinema complex. Park Place is accessible by bus, 30 minutes, from Oita Station.
2-1 Koen-dori nishi, Oita City
About 30 min by bus from Oita Sta to Park Place bus stop
Sashiko stitches using cotton are light and durable.
Bamboo crafts and goods created in collaboration with "OPAM" (art museum)
Opam museum shop
Oita Prefecture boasts traditional hand crafts which have warm features,
such as "Onta-yaki" pottery, "Ichimon-ningyo" dolls and "Hime-daruma" dolls.
Mingei no mise Bungo
"Takamon" is the mascot of the monkey mountain, Takasaki yama. The name was made by juxtaposition of both words "Takasaki" and "monkey".
Oita City Tourist Information Center, a souvenir shop "Monchan"
Goods sold at the gift shop in the Aquarium Umitamago, including sweets, towels and dolphin-shaped stuffed animals.
Goods with the design of the "hot spring prefecture" Oita, which consists of a wooden basin and steam of hot springs.
Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, Oita prefectural office
Illustrated with local products and sightseeing spots within Oita, which represent things such as Kabosu lime, Tori-ten chicken tempura, and local fish Seki aji and Seki saba.
A wide range of products, including food, traditional crafts and pieces of art, are sold at the shop "Oita Made".
platform02『Oita Made Shop』
Visitors can enjoy both sake and shochu in Oita.Yatsushika is a popular local sake brand. Nikaido and Iichiko are popular shochu brand. Kuramitsu Shuzou is the only sake brewery in Oita City.
Each liquor shop, supermarket and souvenir shop
Xavier, named after Francisco de Xavier, a missionary who had an assoociation with Oita, are baked cakes with two types of sweet paste - white bean paste or ram-soaked raisin paste inside.
Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, TOKIWA, Souvenir shop Tabito
Horse mackerel and mackerel-shaped wafers with sweet bean paste and a mochi rice cake inside.
Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, TOKIWA, Takahashi suigetsu-do
Phyllo pastry or a type of pie filled with red bean paste, using red beans grown
All-purpose fish sauce made with Seki aji horse mackerel, which is similar to
Thai nampla and salty that adds a savory flavor to your cooking.
Oita Prefectural Fisheries Cooperative、TOKIWA
Pour some hot water over the kurome seaweed stuffed wafers, and it turns into the main ingredient for soybean-flavored soup.
Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, TOKIWA, Souvenir shop Tabito
New type of spice made with Ooba, beefsteak plants or a type of Japanese herb mixed with other ingredients such as grainy peppers and garlic.
Ueki Farm, TOKIWA
Kabosu are freshscent limes with a mild acidity in taste, grown mainly in Oita in Japan. A variety of kabosu products are produced, within Oita Prefecture, such as kabosu gummi candies and dressings.
Supermarkets and souvenir shops
Hetsugi, a small town in Oita City, is a production site of burdock root. Burdock root is rich in dietary fiber and contains ingredients to help make the skin beautiful, and has antipyretic actions. It is good for people suffering from high blood pressure.
Hoashi Honke Fushunkan
Oita Sta 1-14 Kaname-Machi, Oita City
2BF Oita Furusato-no-Aji, 2-1-4 Funai-Machi, Oita City
1F Osaru-kan, 3078-40 Kanzaki, Oita City
2F Oita airport, 13 Shimobaru, Aki-machi, Kunisaki City
989-6 Ohira, Oita City
|Time of year||Event||Place|
※A purification ceremony that men do by pouring icecold water on themselves with a bucket
|20. January||Futamegawa-Momote Festival||Yokoo Futamegawa area|
|Beginning of February||Beppu Oita Mainichi Marathon||Beppu City~Oita City|
|In the middle of February||Yoshino Ume blossoms Festival|| Yoshino Baien
|Late in February||Sekiaji-Sekisaba Festival||Saganoseki area|
|Late in March||Mt. Takasaki Wild Monkey Park and Aquarium "Umitamago" Spring event||Mt. Takasaki Wild Monkey Park
|Beginning of April||Ken Hachimangu Shrine spring Festival "Kenka matsuri"||Higashi Tsurusaki area, Ken Hachimangu Shrine|
|28-29. April||Nosakaginga Shrine spring Festival||Misa area|
|3-5. May||Sasamuta Fuji (wisteria) Festival||Souda area, Sasamuta jinja Shrine|
|3. May||Hayasuihime jinja Shrine Fuji (wisteria) Festival||Saganoseki area, Hayasuihime jinja Shrine|
|18-24. May||Manko-ji no Ichi||Sakanoichi area, Manko-ji Temple|
|5-7. July||Nagahamaginga Shrine summer Festival||Nagahama-machi|
|Late in July||Nanase no Homura(Fire) Festival||Nanase river natural park|
|Beginning of August||Oita Tanabata Festival||The central area of the city|
|In the middle of August||Honba Tsurusaki dance Festival||Tsurusaki park|
|1-7. September||Kaku no Ichi||Kaku Shrine|
|Beginning of September||Imaichi stone-paved road Festival||Notsuharu Imaichi area|
|Beginning of September||Seki no taitsuri Dance Festival||Saganoseki poat|
|Late in October||Amabe no matsuri||Kamezuka mounded tomb Park|
|Late in October||Oita International wheelchair Marathon||Oita city|
|Beginning of November||Saganoseki Furusato Festival||Saganoseki citizen's center|
|In the middle of November||Onogawa kassen Festival||Under the Dainan bridge
Ono river side
|In the middle of November||Mt. Takasaki free day event||Mt. Takasaki wild Monkey Park|
Oita Station, 1-1 Kaname-machi, Oita City
8:30-19:00 (12/31～1/2 8:30-17:00)
1F Osaru-kan,3078-40 Kanzaki,Oita City
Oita can be reached from other major cities by plane, train, expressway bus, ferry or car.
Oita Airport is linked to Haneda (Tokyo), Narita (Tokyo), Itami (Osaka), Kansai (Osaka), Centrair(Nagoya), South Korea.
Airport limousine "Airliner" from Oita Airport to JR Oita station (1hour)
Oita Station is linked to Hakata (Fukuoka), Kokura, Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Aso, and Kurume by express and local lines.
There’re two ports in Oita City. Each port can be reached by either bus or taxi.