Oita is said to be the onsen capital of Japan and it is true as the main reason people visit Oita is for its countless hot springs, supplied by the various wells. However, there are more to Oita than just onsen. Even though Oita is quite small and simple, this city has many interesting historical sites and is also a gateway to the prefecture. No matter if you are travelling alone or with your family, Oita will keep you occupied.
Oita Airport (OIT) is an airport in Kunisaki, Ōita, Japan, approximately 30 km from Oita city. Despite being a relatively small airport, this airport handles flights from various domestic and international destinations such as Tokyo-Haneda, Osaka, Tokyo-Narita, Nagoya, Seoul and Busan. Some of the airlines that operate here include All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Korean Air, Solaseed Air and T’way Air. At this airport, you will be able to find many amenities such as restaurants, lounge, ATMs, prayer room and many more. To get to the city, you can take the bus, train, taxi or rent a car.
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Like the other neighbouring region, Oita has a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and moderate winters, but colder than anywhere else in the region. During the summer, the temperatures usually reach 27-29 ° C and humidity depends on height. Winter is generally above freezing, with daytime temperatures around 5 ° C. The occurrence of rain is common in Oita, especially between June and September. If you visit Oita in January, you can attend the Suigyo-e event when the priest prayed for the safety of the sailors while dousing themselves with buckets of ice water. In July, you and your partner can enjoy the fire festival, Nanase Homura, whose lanterns are said to reflect the blaze of passion.
Harajiri no Taki – The amazing view of this waterfall has to be seen with your own eyes to be believed. This large waterfall is surrounded by lush rice fields and is constantly visited by tourists for its serene nature. To get to the waterfall, you will have to trek and cross a bridge that will give you a full view of the waterfall. If you are not afraid of water and height, you can also walk over the top of the falls and watch the waterfalls over the edge. It is recommended that you visit Harajiri no Taki in spring because the countryside will be decorated with colourful nature during this season.
Usuki - Usuki is a famous town on the coast in Oita, which is known for its pretty castle. You can take a walk around the castle grounds or join a tour at this location. Be amused by the famous ancient Buddha stone statues, which have been carved out of the cliff sides and undoubtedly one of the most interesting tourist attraction here. If you are in Usuki, be sure to try its Miso as this part of Japan has been making this paste for over 400 years. You can even sample Miso paste flavoured ice cream here.
Usa Shrine - If you would like to learn more about the history of Oita Prefecture the Usa Shrine is the best place to go. At this shrine, you will be able to find Shinto shrine, a large complex, which is said to date back over 1,000 years. It is made up of the main hall where you can view the history and artwork of this mesmerizing religion. There is also an annual ritual of releasing birds and fish from the temple.