Oita is known as the “Onsen Prefecture”. Oita attracts truckloads of travelers every year, all in search for a soothing dip in the midst of gorgeous scenery. But what else is there to do at Oita other than an onsen retreat? Continue reading to find out what Oita has in stock for you!
Onsens (hot spring) are a dime a dozen in Japan, but how often do you find onsens with colored waters? Not too often, we bet. At Beppu, you can witness delightfully colored waters of not one, but eight jigoku (hell) onsens! Umi Jigoku(海地獄) and Chinoike Jgoku(血の池地獄) are the most popular, with their striking cobalt-blue and red waters respectively.
2) Eat Toriten (Tempura-style Fried Chicken)
Oita folks eat the most chicken per capita in Japan, so it’s no wonder that their local delicacy, toriten is to die for. Its crispy texture belies the soft, crunchy meat and when seasoned with soy sauce and garlic, entices your taste buds like nothing else.
3) Shop at Yufuin
Apart from being an onsen paradise, Yufuin will induce your impulse to shop like crazy with its delightful pastry shops, stylish souvenir stores and cafes! Be sure to get hold of the famous yummy roll cakes at B-Speak!
4) Admire Rare Stone Buddhas
Want to see natural, intricately carved Buddhas. At Usuki, many stone Buddhas are directly sculpted into the walls of cliffs, thus making it a spectacle of craftsmanship to behold. These Buddhas were created during the Heian Period (794-1185), so it’s amazing how well they have been preserved!
5) Meet Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty fans will feel right at home at Harmonyland, an outdoor theme park where they can see their favorite Sanrio characters in action! Interesting attractions not to be missed include Kitty Castle and Kitty Robot.