Oita City

Shigeru Ban Yufuin
Ban caught the attention of the architectural world through his innovative use of cardboard tubes in construction in creating temporary structures, which can be quickly and cheaply built – ideal in the aftermath of natural disasters.

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Oita Made v2
Oita’s rich natural environment provides a wealth of produce and resources. Add in the locals’ creative talent and you have Oita Made, which brings the best of Oita’s foods, drinks modern, arts and crafts and their stories under one brand.

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Kamoshika Oita
Step through the doorway of Kamoshika Shoten, in central Oita City, and it is apparent that the owner, Shinsaku Iwao, has a passion for the printed word and a knack of creating comfortable environments.

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Arata Isozaki
Born in Oita City, Isozaki, who initially worked with Kisho Kurokawa under Japan’s greatest post-war architect Kenzo Tange, is one of Japan’s celebrated architects with work around the world including: the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand Avenue in Los Angeles; Sports Hall for the Summer 1992 Olympics in Barcelona;...

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Oita Umitamago
Commonly known to the locals as Umitamago, which has the literal meaning of ‘sea egg’, this well-designed and popular aquarium is an immediate neighbour of the Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden.

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Oita Takasakiyama
Famous throughout Japan, Takasakiyama for is a reserve for wild Japanese macaques. The dominant monkey’s personalities and the dynamics of the troops they lead make national news. So, not surprisingly, it is one of Oita’s most popular destinations that is especially busy during holidays and on the weekend.

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Shozo Uichi
Uchii began his career in the offices of the influential architect Kiyonori Kikutake. Most of his work is found in Tokyo including the Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo, a private residence at the Imperial Palace, and Moto Azabu Hills Forest Tower.

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Sekisaba sekiaji
The seas of the Hoyo Straits are squeezed into narrows between Oita City’s Saga-no-seki and Sada-misaki, Shikoku’s distinctive peninsula that stretches out like a long limp finger pointing west.

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Oita Rugby 2019
The Rugby World Cup comes to Japan in 2019, the first time in the history of the sport that the event has been held in Asia. Between 20th September and 2nd November 2019, 20 international teams compete over 48 matches in 12 host cities, including Oita.

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At a glance

The Rugby World Cup comes to Japan in 2019, the first time the event has been held in Asia.

Oita Trinita logo
Trinita, Oita’s local football team, once led a roller coaster ride in Japan’s three division soccer series. In 2008, while competing in the J1 top division, it won the J. League Cup, a top trophy.

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OIta Wheelchair marathon
The Oita International Wheelchair Marathon, which began in 1981 in commemoration of the International Year of the Disabled, is a top international event and the first of its kind for competitors only using wheelchairs.

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Oita Oita City
The seat of the Oita’s Prefectural Government and its economic powerhouse. Oita is the birth place of Arata Isozaki, one of Japan’s top architects and the winner of the 2019 Pritzker Prize. The Oita Prefectural Library, an early work of his, has been refashioned as an art gallery.

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OIta dome
Kurokawa was a contemporary of Arata Isozaki, work includes the Nakagin Capsule Hotel in Tokyo, Central Plaza 1 in Brisbane; Melbourne Central; Lane Crawford Place and Republic Plaza in Singapore; Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, New Wing of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; National Arts Center, Tokyo; Singapore...

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Oita Oita City
Tatsuno was one of Japan’s celebrated western-style architects of the Meiji Period, when Japan rapidly changed from a feudal, samurai-led society into a modern society modelled on western principals.

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Oita Funai castle
Oita City has developed at the expense of its history and unfortunately little remains of its past as a samurai stronghold. The ramparts and moat of Funai-jo castle can still be found in the city centre but few of the buildings that once stood within its defences.

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Oita Betsudai marathon
Marathons are a popular spectator and participatory sport in Japan with events held across the country.

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