About Oita

Oita sits on the east coast of western island Kyushu, overlooking Beppu Bay and the picturesque Seto Inland Sea beyond. For Japanese, the city, together with neighbouring Beppu, is synonymous with onsen bathing: Oita and Beppu combined boast the country’s largest number of onsen, and its largest output of hot spring water. If you fancy dipping your toes in the water, try Yufuin Onsen, a resort that sits at the foot of the scenic Mount Yufu and combines hot spring baths with traditional ryokan inns and boutique cafés. Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden, midway between Oita and Beppu, centres around a ‘monkey mountain’ where you can meet a posse of playful Japanese macaques.