Hiji guide - Discover the hidden gems of this charming town in Oita Prefecture

  • Published on : 21/05/2024
  • by : Japan Experience

If you're looking to explore the lesser-known parts of Japan, the small town of Hiji in Oita Prefecture is a hidden gem worthy of your attention. Often overlooked by tourists traveling between Kitsuki and Beppu, Hiji offers a diverse array of interesting attractions for those willing to take the time to discover its charms. From a garden designed by the famous painter Sesshu Toyo to the largest cycad tree in Japan, castle ruins, and a delightful Sanrio theme park, Hiji has something to captivate every type of traveler.

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