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Hita guide, Oita, Kyushu: Hita is often called the Kyoto of Kyushu due to its atmospheric historic streets which were in part indeed originally modeled after Kyoto.
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The city of Oita is located northeast of Kyushu Island in Beppu Bay. Despite being the capital of the prefecture of the same name, it's much less known than the neighboring city of Beppu.
In Oita Prefecture, the small town of Kitsuki is worth a detour if you are passing through the region, especially to see Beppu.
Usuki is a small, coastal city on the east coast of Kyushu in southern Oita Prefecture most famous for its stone Buddha statues.
Oita city attractions: see a listing of things to see and do in a travel guide to Oita city in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu.
Kitsuki: read a guide to the pleasant town of Kitsuki in the Kunisaki Peninsula area of Oita Prefecture with its castle and well preserved samurai district.
Lake Shidaka (Shitakako in Japanese) is a small mountain lake about halfway between Beppu and Yufuin.
Kitsuki Samurai Houses
Kitsuki, in northern Kyushu, is the location of a well preserved samurai district with many of the samurai houses open to the public.
Usa Guide Kyushu
Usa: read a guide to Usa in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu famous for Usa Jingu, Dairaku-ji Temple and the ancient Naramoto Magaibutsu Buddhist carvings.
Southeast of Beppu, stroll through the village of Usuki, famous for its stone Buddhas of the Kamakura era.
Hiji: read a travel guide to Hiji in Oita Prefecture in Kyushu known for a garden by Sesshu at Shookiji Temple and the Sanrio Harmonyland theme park dedicated to Hello Kitty.
Saiki Castle: read a guide to Saiki Castle in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, constructed by Mori Takamasa in 1606.
Usuki Castle: read a guide to Usuki Castle in Usuki, Oita Prefecture, a castle associated with the Christian warlord Otomo Sorin.
Funai Castle Oita Prefecture
Funai Castle: read a guide to Funai Castle in Oita city in Oita Prefecture a fortress strongly associated with Otomo Sorin.
Oka Castle Taketa
Oka Castle in Taketa in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu is known for its connection with Rentaro Taki's song Moon over the Ruined Castle.
Hell and Heaven Cave Keishoji Temple Ajimu
Hell and Heaven Cave, Keishoji Temple in Ajimu: read a guide to the cave complex at Keishoji Temple in Ajimu not far from Beppu, in Oita Prefecture, Japan.
Nakatsu Guide Oita
Nakatsu guide: read a travel guide to Nakatsu in Oita Prefecture, known for its castle and as the birthplace of Fukuzawa Yukichi.
Jigoku Meguri, Visiting the "Eight Hells"
With cooking, horticulture and a crocodile farm, there are many benefits to this micro-climate. The hot springs of Beppu are not just for relaxation. Welcome to hell!
Kitsuki Castle in Kunisaki, Oita Prefecture is a reconstructed castle in the delightfully-preserved samurai town of Kitsuki.
Nakatsu Castle in Oita Prefecture is classified as one of the three great water castles of Japan, along with Imabari Castle and Takamatsu Castle.
Kunisaki Peninsula: read a guide to the historic Kunisaki Peninsula in Kyushu near Oita, known for its stone-carved Buddha images.
Onta ceramics: read about the production of ontayaki ceramics in the traditional village of Onta in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu.
Yunohira: read a guide to Yunohira, an onsen mountain village near Yufuin, Oita, Kyushu, southern Japan.
Himeshima: read a guide to Himeshima Island in Kyushu, famous for its delicious tiger prawns and swarms of butterflies.
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