Yufuin is located in the almost center of Oita-ken.
And hot springs abound in the Yufuin basin at the base of the magnificent Yufu
mountain with 1584m high. Many other mountains over 100m in height range
around the town.
Yufuin was developed as a health resort combining beautiful nature and the arts,
welcoming more than three million visitors annually.
[Where to visit]
- Kinrinko Lake, must visit place
- Yufuin Hot Spring, the Sitan-yu is famous one
- Yufuin Art Museum
- Kyusyu Yufuin Mingeimura
- Foot Bath
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Nakatsu castle was built by Kuroda Kanbei and Hosokawa Tadaoki in the mouth of a river of the Yamakuni river in Nakatsu in 1588.
The Nakatsu castle serves as a part of Nakatsu park now and the Fukuzawa Yukichi’s old residence is also in the Nakatsu park.
Kitsuki Castle, is located Kitsuki-city in Oita-ken, was built on the slightly elevated hill in the Shiroyama park which overlooks the castle town in Kitsuki, and the present castle was rebuilt in 1960.
The scene from the castle which spreads 360 degrees is wonderful.
Aono Domon is a tunnel, face to Yamakuni river in Nakatsu, was constructed by Buddhist Zenkai in 1763.
When he visit at this place, he saw that many people were facing difficulty passing the precipitous cliff with the chain, some of people injured or died by dropping from there.
He thought of digging a tunnel so that it could pass safely, and he made the tunnel over 30 years only with a hammer and a flea.
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Fukuzawa Yukichi ( 1835 – 1901) was an author, motivational speaker, and political theorist whose ideas about government and social institutions made a lasting impression on a rapidly changing Japan during the period known as the Meiji Era.
Fkuzawa Yukichi Kyukuo was his old residence where he grew up upto 19 years old, is loceted next to the Nakatsu Castle in Nakatsu-city.
Fukuzawa Yukichi’s portrait is used also for the of the ten thousand yen bill.
Ogata is a beautiful town in the country located South-West side of Oita-ken, and there are many tourist attractions in there.
- Harajiri Waterfall
- Miyasako-sekibutsu, is a Stone Buddha
- Sanmiya Shrine
- Ogata Mitino-eki
- Suisha-dori (Water wheel passage)
Yabakei Region is a part of Yaba-Hita-Hikosan Quasi-National Park located in Nakatsu-city and has a lot of tourist attractions which makes the Yabakei ravine representation.
Where to visit
- Yabakei ravine
- Rakan-ji temple
- Maple Yaba Cycle Line
Takeda, is a castle town from which Mt. Kuju and Mt. Aso can be seen.
The Oka Castle, positioned at the place rimmed by deep ravines with a steep cliff, was built in 1185.
The only remains reminiscent of its heyday are the ruins of its keep and western tower and high rock piles on the side of cliffs.
The best season to visit here is in the spring and can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms.
With many historical sites including Samurai residences of the olden day, Takeda is called “Little Kyoto” in Kyushu.
In Ajimu in the backblocks of Oita, there is an African Safari park. You can either drive through it, or park your car and get a seat on the jungle bus, from where you can feed the animals. Plenty of African wildlife there, and plenty of lions and tigers in particular.
Harajiri waterfall, called a Niagara fall in Oita-ken, is located country side of Bungo Ono city in the middle of Ogata plain.
The horseshoe-shaped waterfall are 120m wide and is 20m high.
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