Oita, on the eastern coast of Kyushu Island, with its thousands of onsens collectively spurting the most geothermally heated water in Japan, is truly the nation’s hot spring capital and a must-visit for those in search of volcanically-heated healing.
Oita is a steamy cornucopia of all-things-onsen. Beppu City and Yufuin Town in particular, with their arrays of nutrient-rich waters, offer bathers far more than just a bath. A myriad of healing remedies can be found as enthusiasts are steamed bare, covered in mud or sand, or, as vanilla as it sounds, just sat, as nature’s therapeutic baths work their magic. Designated a “Place of Scenic Beauty” the eight hot spring “Hells” of Beppu, however, are just for looking at. You have been warned. Beyond baths, Oita offers seasonal festivals like the rambunctious Nagahama Shrine Summer Festival and an abundance of local cuisine including Bungo Beef and horse mackerel — and, unrelated, if you stumble across Mount Takasaki Monkey Park there’s a sign that reads: “If you look into the monkeys’ eyes they will attack.” Dark sunglasses or mace recommended.
Fuki temple is a historical temple originally built for prayers by the chief priest at Usa Jingu Shrine (a Japan national treasure) in 718. Fukiji Odo is one of three great Amitabha halls in Japan. The others include the Phenix Hall at Byodoin Temple in Kyoto and Kojikido at Chusonji Temple in Iwate.
It is actually the oldest wooden building in Kyushu and registered as one of the National Treasures of Japan.
Oita Prefectural Art Museum
Located about 30 minutes away from Beppu in downtown Oita, the Oita Prefectutral Art Museum (aka OPAM) is a definite must if visiting this area. Ranked within the top 10 things to do in Beppu, visitors can experience some gorgeous art as well as the gorgeous building designed by well known Japanese designer Ban Shigeru.
Games in Oita
OITA STADIUM (OITA BANK DOME)
Capable of holding 40,000 spectators, Oita Stadium hosted two games of the Pool Round of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, as well as Sweden versus Senegal in the Round of 16, and is home to the Oita Trinita soccer club. The stadium has a retractable roof. From Oita Station, walk to Oita Ekimae #6 bus stop for a bus to Oita Sports Park East.
|MATCH NO||DATE||POOL||MATCH||KICKOFF TIME|
|20||Wednesday, Oct. 2||B||New Zealand vs. Canada||19:15|
|24||Saturday, Oct. 5||D||Australia vs. Uruguay||14:15|
|32||Wednesday, Oct. 9||D||Wales vs. Fiji||18:45|
|41||Saturday, Oct. 19||–||QF1: W Pool C vs. RU Pool D||16:15|
|43||Sunday, Oct. 20||–||QF3: W Pool D vs. RU Pool C||16:15|