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.

Sightseeing

Food

Seki-aji, Seki-saba

Seki-aji and Seki-saba (horse mackerel and mackerel) are brand fishes that Oita city boasts in Japan.
Seki-aji and Seki-saba, which are single-fished in the Bungo Strait, have unique taste and crunch.

Tori-ten

Chicken tempura seasoned with garlic, ginger and soy sauce.
Local people eat this with vinegar soy sauce and mustard.

Fugu / blowfish

Fugu dishes are served at some Japanese-style restaurants in the city.
Fugu is a high-protein, low-fat food that also provides plenty of dietary collagen in its gelatin-rich skin.

Oita Bungo Beef

Oita bungo beef has a proven track record and history.
It has fine-grained frost, and the balance between fat and lean is exquisite.

Dangojiru

Dumpling soup is a local dish represented by Oita City.
It is miso soup prepared by simmering flat noodles, shiitake, beef bowl, taro and carrots.

Hot Spring

Daishindo Chinetsu Onsen
There are geothermal hot springs in many locations across Oita Prefcture. There're 237 source springs in the city (as of January, 2015), and this is one of the largest in terms of both the number of source springs and the amount of hot water discharged. In the city there're more than 30 hot springs facilities where visitors can enjoy bathing at different "onsens" , from an open-air bath at Oita Station to hot springs for families. After soaking in the hot springs, visitors will find their skin smooth.
The hot springs in Oita City are from the layers, 600 - 800 meters underground, contain carbon-rich gas that comes from plants from ancient times.
Tsukano Kousen
In the south west of Oita City, along the river in the country side, there're "Tsukano Kousen" mineral springs. Japanese-style inns and communal bathhouses there allow people a sense of old hot springs where people used to come for therapeutic hot spring cures. The mineral spring contains therapeutic ingredients, and tastes salty and sour, and is said to be good for people suffering from gastrointestinal illnesses, diabetes and chronic constipation.

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Shopping

Mall
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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.

  • TEL

    097-513-1220

  • Address

    1-14 Kaname-machi, Oita City

  • Access

    Oita Station building

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Tokiwa is a local department store located on the main street called Chuo-dori, only a 5 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.

  • TEL

    097-538-1111

  • Address

    2-1-4 Funai-machi,Oita City

  • Access

    5min from Oita Sta on foot

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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.

  • TEL

    097-520-7777

  • Address

    2-1 Koen-dori nishi, Oita City

  • Access

    About 30 min by bus from Oita Sta to Park Place bus stop

Souvenir
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This shop manufactures and sells colorful bags and sundries that craftsmen have made with great effort.
Sashiko stitching goods that are rare even in Japan are perfect for the unique gift.

  • Shop

    Ota Hatamise

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Bamboo crafts and goods created in collaboration with "OPAM" (art museum)

  • Shop

    Opam museum shop

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"Takamon" is the mascot of the monkey mountain, Takasaki yama. The name was made by juxtaposition of both words "Takasaki" and "monkey".

  • Shop

    Oita City Tourist Information Center

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Goods sold at the gift shop in the Aquarium Umitamago, including sweets, towels and dolphin-shaped stuffed animals.

  • Shop

    Aquarium Umitamago

Oita goods
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Goods with the design of the "hot spring prefecture" Oita, which consists of a wooden basin and steam of hot springs.

  • Shop

    Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, Oita prefectural office

Picture postcards
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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.

  • Shop

    Post Office

Sake and Shochu
~Rice wine and Distilled spirit~
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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.

  • Shop

    Each liquor shop, supermarket and souvenir shop

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This confection is Oita’s standard souvenir made for praising the accomplishments of Francisco Xavier, a Navarrese Basque Roman Catholic missionary, known as a great person associated with Oita. Silver Zabieru, which is made from white bean jam and wrapped with a buttery flavorful pie pastry, and Gold Zabieru, which contains chopped rum-dipped raisins, are sold together.

  • Shop

    Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, TOKIWA, Souvenir shop Tabito

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A long-established Japanese confectionery store, which was founded in 1906, offers cute monaka. These wafers are made in the motif of Seki-aji and Seki-saba as specialties of Saganoseki, Oita. Seki-aji monaka, which is smaller in size is filled with strained bean jam, and Seki-saba monaka contains coarse bean jam and belly thick rice cake.

  • Shop

    Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, TOKIWA, Takahashi suigetsu-do

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BOM DIA is a sweet confection made from walnut bean jam with a good texture wrapped in soft and moist pie pastry. This confection was made in commemoration of the fact that Aveiro City of Portugal and Oita became sister cities in 1978. It has been 40 years since it was sold for the first time and it remains an ever-popular confection.

  • Shop

    Okashino‐Kikuya, TOKIWA

Kurome miso soup
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Kurome miso soup can be made simply by putting a monaka filled with dried kurome (a kind of seaweed) and the included miso into a bowl and pouring in hot water.

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    Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, TOKIWA, Souvenir shop Tabito

Kabosu lime and Kabosu products
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A fresh confection that uses kabosu(a citrus fruit). The bitter kabosu peels are soaked in kabosu syrup for a flavorful end result.

  • Shop

    Supermarkets and souvenir shops

Torikawa saku-saku age
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Oita Karaage’s crunchy chicken skin fries have a crispy teture and light salty taste that will have you addicted. The shop uses domestic rice oil in a unique manufacturing method to finish them. You will find it easy to nibble on these thinly cut pieces, and they are ideal for snacks or munchies to go with your drinks.

  • Shop

    Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, TOKIWA, Souvenir shop Tabito

Hetsugi Gobou (Burdock) Coffee, Hetsugi Gobou (Burdock) Stick
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Burdock coffee is made from dried and roasted burdock roots. It is a tasty masterpiece with natural sweetness and is as fragrant as coffee roasted with charcoal. Its taste will double if a honey-boiled burdock stick is used in place of a muddler.

  • Shop

    Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, Fusyun-kan

Souvenir shop & Direct sales stores
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  • Address

    Oita Sta 1-14 Kaname-Machi, Oita City

  • TEL

    097-513-2346

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  • Address

    2BF Oita Furusato-no-Aji, 2-1-4 Funai-Machi, Oita City

  • TEL

    097-538-1111

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  • Address

    2F Oita airport, 13 Shimobaru, Aki-machi, Kunisaki City

  • TEL

    0978-67-1174

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  • Address

    989-6 Ohira, Oita City

  • TEL

    097-576-0770

Event & Festival

Time of year Event Place
In the middle of January Suigyoe
※A purification ceremony that men do by pouring icecold water on themselves with a bucket
Houshinji Temple
Beginning of February Beppu Oita Mainichi Marathon Beppu City-Oita City
In the middle of February Yoshino Ume blossoms Festival Yoshino Baien (Plum garden)
Umenoki-Tenmansha Shrine
Late in February Sekiaji-Sekisaba Festival (horse mackerel and mackerel festival) Saganoseki area
Beginning of April Ken Hachimangu Shrine spring Festival "Kenka matsuri" Higashi Tsurusaki area
Ken Hachimangu Shrine
Late in April Nosaka Shrine spring Festival Misa area
Beginning of May Sasamuta Fuji (wisteria) Festival Souda area
Sasamuta Shrine
Beginning of May Hayasuihime Shrine Fuji (wisteria) Festival Saganoseki area
Hayasuihime Shrine
In the middle of May Manko-ji no Ichi Sakanoichi area
Manko-ji Temple
Beginning of July Nagahama 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
Beginning of 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 (battle) Festival Under the Dainan bridge
Ono river side
In the middle of November Mt. Takasaki free day event Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden
  • ななせの火群まつり
  • 大分七夕まつり
  • ななせの火群まつり
  • 大分国際車いすマラソン大会

Pamphlet & Map

Hotel

In Oita city, there are a wide variety of high qualities at lower prices hotels. Some hotels even have a hot spring on their premises.

Informationl

Oita City Tourist Information Center
Oita City Tourist Information Center is on the left after leaving the ticket gate of JR Oita Station.
Various brochures and maps, discount tickets for sightseeing facilities, etc. are also placed.
Please drop in before sightseeing.
  • Address

    Oita Station, 1-1 Kaname-machi, Oita City

  • TEL

    097-532-0723

  • Opening Hours

    8:30-19:00 (12/31~1/2  8:30-17:00)

Osaru-jaya
Osaru-jaya opened in 2004 as an information corner on the first floor of the Takasakiyama osaru-kan.
Pamphlets of inside and outside Oita Prefecture are installed, providing tourist information and providing access information to each tourist destination.
As a sweet spot, visitors will be welcomed with sweetness and hospitality.
  • Address

    1F Osaru-kan,3078-40 Kanzaki,Oita City

  • Opening Hours

    8:30-17:00

Help

Foreign Exchange
Main Branch office
Head office, Ekimae Branch office (Oita Sta north gate), Sorin Branch(Oita Sta south gate)
¥-$
American dollar, Canadian dollar, Australian dollar, Korean Won, Chinese yuan,British Pound, Swiss Franc
Opening Hours
9:00 -15:00
Closed
Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.
Head Post Office
¥-$
American dollar, British Pound, Won, Euro
Opening Hours
9:00 ‐18:00
Closed
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Police

call 110 (There is a police box in front of north gate of Oita Station)

Fire Station

call 119 

Hospital

List of hospitals in Oita offering foreign language support

Access

Oita can be reached from other major cities by plane, train, expressway bus, ferry or car.

By air

Oita Airport is linked to Haneda (Tokyo), Narita (Tokyo), Itami (Osaka), Chubu (Nagoya), Seoul, Busan, Muan

Airport limousine "Airliner" from Oita Airport to JR Oita station (1hour)

By train / JR

Oita Station is linked to Hakata (Fukuoka), Kokura, Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Aso, and Kurume by express and local lines.

By ferry

There’re two ports in Oita City. Each port can be reached by either bus or taxi.

By express bus

The Express Buses run between Oita City and Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Miyazaki.

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