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
Seki-aji, Seki-saba

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.

Tori-ten

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 / blowfish

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.

Bungo Beef

A good balance of lean meat and marbled texture with an exquisite flavor.

Local foods

"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.

Café

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.

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. The layers are said to have been there since the Neogene (millions of years ago).

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 if you drink from the spring. And it is said to help people cure or soothe nerve pain, skin disorders, cuts and grazes and burn injuries.
Hotel

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.

Shopping

Mall

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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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. Park Place is accessible by bus, 30 minutes, from Oita Station.

  • 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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Sashiko stitches using cotton are light and durable.

  • 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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Oita Prefecture boasts traditional hand crafts which have warm features,
such as "Onta-yaki" pottery, "Ichimon-ningyo" dolls and "Hime-daruma" dolls.

  • Shop

    Mingei no mise Bungo


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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, a souvenir shop "Monchan"

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

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    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

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A wide range of products, including food, traditional crafts and pieces of art, are sold at the shop "Oita Made".

  • Shop

    platform02『Oita Made Shop』

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.

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    Each liquor shop, supermarket and souvenir shop


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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.

  • Shop

    Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, TOKIWA, Souvenir shop Tabito

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Horse mackerel and mackerel-shaped wafers with sweet bean paste and a mochi rice cake inside.

  • Shop

    Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, TOKIWA, Takahashi suigetsu-do

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Phyllo pastry or a type of pie filled with red bean paste, using red beans grown
in Japan.

  • Shop

    Okashino‐Kikuya, TOKIWA


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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.

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    Oita Prefectural Fisheries Cooperative、TOKIWA

Kurome miso soup
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Pour some hot water over the kurome seaweed stuffed wafers, and it turns into the main ingredient for soybean-flavored soup.

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    Bungo Niwasaki Ichiba, TOKIWA, Souvenir shop Tabito

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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.

  • Shop

    Ueki Farm, TOKIWA


Kabosu lime and Kabosu products
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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.

  • Shop

    Supermarkets and souvenir shops

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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.

  • Shop

    Hoashi Honke Fushunkan

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

Souvenir shop "Mon-chan"
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  • Address

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

  • TEL

    097-537-9294


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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
11. January Suigyoe
※A purification ceremony that men do by pouring icecold water on themselves with a bucket
Houshinji Temple
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
Umenoki-Tenmansha Shrine
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
Aquarium "Umitamago"
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
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Informationl
Oita City Tourist Information Center
Located inside JR Oita Station. A variety of information for tourists, sightseeing information mainly on Oita City and cities within Oita Prefecture, accommodation, and more are provided here. Maps English Chinese and Korean are available.
  • 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
A coffee shop and small restaurant in the light green color building Osarukan next to the aquarium Umitamago. Shio soft cream or salty ice cream sold at the shop is popular. At the information corner here, city maps and brochures are provided.
  • Address

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

  • Opening Hours

    8:30-17:00

Access to Oita City

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), Kansai (Osaka), Centrair(Nagoya), South Korea.

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, Hiroshima, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, Kagoshima

Oita City Map
Help

Foreign Exchange

Oita Bank

Main Branch office
Head office, Ekimae Branch office (Oita Sta north gate), Sorin Branch(Oita Sta south gate)
¥-$
American dollar, British Pound, Korean Won, Euro, Chinese yuan
※Currencies available vary depending on each branch
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

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