Attractions of Oita Prefecture

Onsen

Home of many iconic onsen spots such as Beppu and Yufuin, Oita Prefecture has the highest number of hot spring locations as well as the highest annual yield of hot spring water in the country. The prefecture offers a wide variety of onsen including sand, mud, steam, and other unique styles of bath.

Beppu City

Unique onsen

Sand Bath: Beppu Kaihin Suna-yu (Beach Sand Bath)

Adjacent to Beppu Kanko International Port and along the shoreline, Beppu Kaihin Suna-yu (Beach Sand Bath) is a place where you bathe in geothermal sand while being buried for about 10 to 15 minutes. Afterwards, you wash the sand off in a separate gender-appropriate tub, and douse yourself in another separate hot tub for maximum relaxation.
The sand bath is big enough for a group of 10 individuals. The bath area is covered with a roof for use in all weather. It also offers beach umbrellas for sun block.
Takegawara Onsen offers a sand bath as well.

Mud Bath: Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land

Most of the open-air baths at Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land are unisex; however, the facility is equipped with partitions and designated entrances for both men and women. There are indoor gender-separated tubs for the mud baths for those who find unisex baths unfitting. Lodging also available.

Steam Bath: Kannawa Steam Bath

This uniquely distinguished method of bathing is carried out by lying down on the floor of a stone chamber heated with geothermal energy beneath. Japanese rush, found only near clean rivers, is placed on top of the floor where you lie down.
Once you begin to sweat, move to the high-quality onsen tub and relax for a while. Both your mind and body should be relieved of stress.

Beppu Hatto

Beppu is Japan's iconic, renowned onsen region. It boasts the highest number of hot spring locations as well as the highest annual yield of hot spring water in the country.
Stemming from the eight staple hot springs residing within it, Beppu City is often referred as Beppu Hatto.

Beppu Onsen

Beppu Onsen is a region of hot springs found in and around Beppu Station, the gateway of Beppu. This image shows Takegawara Onsen, established in 1879. Its nostalgic presence has propelled a massive media exposure in the country as the symbol of the city. The facility features the main bath as well as a sand bath and attracts many international visitors on a daily basis.

The popular Koto Onsen, with its retro style, is located right down the main street in front of JR Beppu Station. Being only a two-minute walk from the station makes this a very convenient onsen spot. It offers two types of hot tubs: hot and lukewarm.
The second floor of the facility features a spacious lobby and private rooms for reasonable accommodations for overnight stay.

Kankaiji Onsen

The hot spring of Kankaiji is located on top of a hill overlooking Beppu Bay.Here also stands one of Beppu's iconic hotels, the Suginoi Hotel, with its famous Tanayu open-air hot tub. This expansive outdoor bath captures the spectacular view of downtown Beppu and Beppu Bay. As you immerse yourself in it, it feels as if you are bathing in the ocean.

Hamawaki Onsen

Hamawaki Onsen is said to be the origin of the Beppu Onsen district - it has the longest history as a hot spring in all of Beppu.
This hot tub has been known nationwide for many years for its healing power, as it was once ranked very highly on an onsen chart from 1817 during the Edo period.
As of late, the newly-constructed communal bath Utopia Hamawaki draws hundreds and thousands of city residents to this historic onsen area.

Myoban Onsen

Myoban Onsen is historically known to have medical benefits. Distinctive features of this particular hot spring are the odor of sulfur and the milky, cloudy coloration of the water.
The symbol of Myoban, the Yunohana Goya huts, produces "yunohana," a powder residue of the spring water components that can be used in original soap and shampoo products.

Horita Onsen

Horita Onsen sprung up during the Edo period (1603-1868) as an onsen resting spot for those on long journeys.
The silky-smooth hot spring water with a slight odor of sulfur continues to soothe visitors. The facility features an indoor bath and an open-air bath for enjoying the seasonal breeze.

Kannawa Onsen

The Kannawa Onsen gives you a strong impression with the image of its steams streaking right through the modern hotel buildings and blocks of buildings in the city.
The district's specialty is the famous "jigoku mushi" cuisine, which features vegetables and seafood steamed with the hot springs of the region.
Jigoku Mushi Kobo Kannawa is constantly filled with many visitors wanting to get their hands on the jigoku mushi cooking classes offered here at the facility.

Kamegawa Onsen

Hot spring Kamegawa Onsen is known for its coastal, tranquil location in the famous Beppu Beach Sand Bath. Submerge yourself in the warm sand of the beach and listen in on the ocean waves - it is sure to provide you an amazing hour of relaxation.
Individuals of up to 10 can be served - big enough to accommodate a mid-sized group.

Shibaseki Onsen

Situated right in a gorge in the midst of high mountains, Shibaseki Onsen is a quiet and peaceful hot spring location.
The facility offers private family baths, steams baths, an open-air bath, and two different temperatures of hot tubs.
The nearby trail is perfect for a quick little walk just before jumping in the onsen as well.

Yufu City

Yufuin Onsen

Yufuin is one of the most popular hot spring locations in the country. It offers a public communal bath as well as a highly sought-after onsen ryokan.

Yama no Hotel Musouen

The outdoor bath here provides a stunning view of Mt. Yufu throughout all four seasons.

Yunohira Onsen

Located near Yufuin, this onsen region features many ryokan and communal baths along the stone-paved slope built during the Edo period. The traditional atmosphere here gets full marks.

Kokonoe Town

Kokonoe Yume Onsen Kyo

Kokonoe Town offers a variety of natural attractions: a drive through Yamanami Highway running right through the meadowlands toward Aso in Kumamoto, Kokonoe “Yume” Otsurihashi (Japan’s number one suspension bridge), and much more.

Sujiyu Onsen -a large free-flowing bath

Streams of hot spring water shoot out from 3 meters above the tub here. The origin of this particular onsen is said to be from its benefits for stiff shoulders and sore muscles.

Kabeyu Onsen,Ryokan Fukumoto-ya

Kabeyu Onsen is an unisex hot tub in a natural cave near a creek.

Chojabaru Onsen, Kokonoe Hosshou Hotel

This onsen is located within a hotel with a popular view looking over Mt. Kuju.

Taketa City

Nagayu Onsen

Nagayu Onsen in Naoirimachi, Taketa City, is one of the best carbonated hot springs in the country - the bubbly, soda-like texture of the spring bundles your entire body.
The temperature of the water is relatively lower compared to others in the prefecture. Recommended for visiting during a warmer season.

Daimaru Ryokan annex, Lamune Onsenkan

Nagayu Onsen in Naoirimachi, Taketa City, is one of the best carbonated hot springs in the country - the bubbly, soda-like texture of the spring bundles your entire body.
The temperature of the water is relatively lower compared to others in the prefecture. Recommended for visiting during a warmer season.

Ganiyu

This unisex open-air hot tub is an iconic Nagayu Onsen spot situated right in the river. The area beneath the nearby bridge serves as the dressing room. It takes a special kind of bravery to bathe here during the daytime.

Kuju Onsen

Unique features of this public onsen with lodging include private baths and an open-air bath with a spectacular view of the surrounding nature of the Kuju mountains in all four seasons.

Hita City

Hita Onsen

The Misumi River runs through the town of Hita Onsen.
There are various ryokan and hotels with public communal baths here, and other attractive features besides onsen include yakatabune private boat rides and Edo-period town streets for sightseeing as well.

Mikuma Hotel

Amagase Onsen

This elegant and aesthetic onsen district is made up of many hotels and ryokan along the Kusu River. Onsen hot tubs come in multiple varieties here - from communal baths at hotels and ryokan to public outdoor baths, just to name a few.

Jindenyu

Out of all 18 city/town/village districts in Oita, there are total of 16 other unique hot spring locations throughout Oita Prefecture.