WHAT TO BRING?
The closest major airport to Oita is in Fukuoka. It is likely that you will travel by train to get to Oita. If this is the case then I suggest you use a backpack or easy to carry bag rather than an awkward suitcase. Rainy Season is around June/July and rain weather gear is essential. I just use an umbrella but there have been times that I have got completely soaked!! I can't buy shoes in Japan so I have had to think carefully before I came about what kind of footwear to buy. Note: Easy to slip on and off shoes are best and if you are going to work in a public building you will need indoor shoes to wear. The Japanese always take their outdoor shoes off before entering their house or work. Most things you will need can be purcahsed here. I don't recommend going to a hospital in Japan unless you really need to. In most cases the pharmacist will be able to help you if you tell them what is wrong and what kind of medicine you are looking for (a phrase book will have this in it).