Oita City

Rugby World Cup Memorial: The Lionman
The 2019 Rugby World Cup held in Japan is widely regarded as a great success both as a sporting event and introduction to Japan. Even the cancellation of some matches caused by…

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Commemorative sculpture for the 2019 Rugby World Cup held in Japan and Oita.

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Oita, 2-3 Niagemachi, Oita, Japan
PEI pub
PEI, the acronym for Prince Edward Island, was for many years the sole western-style pub in the whole of Oita. Found in the heart of Oita City’s Miyako-machi nightlife district…

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A lively watering hole attracting Oita's mostly younger clientelle of foreign residents and local Japanese.

Oita Made
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…

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A curated selection of some of the best of Oita Prefecture's produce, arts and crafts.

Japan, Oita, Funaimachi, 2 Chome−2−番1号, Red Brick Building, Oita Made Shop 赤レンガ本店
Nanbantei
Located in a quieter corner of Oita City’s lively Miyako-machi nightlife district is Nanbantei, a locally cherished teppanyaki restaurant. This unpretentious establishment with its…

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An iconic teppanyaki restaurant specialising in Bungo-gyu, Oita's prized wagyu beef.

Nanbantei, 2 Chome-4-25 Miyakomachi, Oita, Japan
Shigeru Ban
Ban caught the attention of the architectural world through his innovative use of cardboard tubes in construction in creating temporary structures that can be quickly and cheaply…

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A lauded Japanese architect with several projects in Oita Prefecture.

Japan, Oita, Yufu, Yufuincho Kawakami, 駅前通り
Seki-saba and Seki-aji: Oita's prized mackerel fish
The seas of the Hoyo Straits are squeezed into narrows between Oita City’s Saganoseki and Sadamisaki, Shikoku’s distinctive peninsula that stretches out like a long limp finger…

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Prized mackerel from Oita's fertile seas.

Japan, Oita, 佐賀関
Irish Pub The Hive
The Hive has joined the long-established PEI pub in providing a western-style pub experience to both a Japanese and non-Japanese clientele. Unlike PEI, however, the Hive places an…

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An Irish-style sports pub.

Japan, Oita, Chuomachi, 1 Chome−7 ガレリア竹町
Michi-no-eki Wayside Stations
Michi-no-eki wayside stations are a popular institution in Japan and, with 24 of them, Oita Prefecture has more than its fair share. Locals proudly run these shops, akin to…

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Locals and visitors alike flock to these wayside stations for local good-value produce and meals.

Japan, 大分県
Iwashiryori Inase
It is easy to overlook and walk past Inase, which seems to be hiding in the shade of the surrounding establishments in central Oita. Oita is a slick modern city and Inase’s…

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An atmospheric and popular restaurant in the centre of Oita City.

Inase, 2 Chome-8-12 Chuomachi, Oita, Japan
Shozo Uchii
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…

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The architect of the Oita City Art Museum.

Japan, Oita, 大分市Kotobukimachi, 2−1大分縣立美術館OPAM
Oita Trinita Football Club
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…

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Oita City's professional soccer club.

Showa Denko Dome Oita, 1351 Yokoo, Oita, Japan
Kingo Tatsuno
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…

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The architect who designed Tokyo Station and Oita Bank's headquarters, both elegant buildings from the early 20th Century.

Japan, Oita, Funaimachi, 2 Chome−2−1 赤レンガ館
Golfing in Oita
Golf has a long history in Japan with the first golf course established in Kobe in 1903 by a British expatriate yearning to play his favourite sport. Ever since the game’s…

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Enjoy Oita's natural scenic attractions from the fairways of 23 courses spread throughout the prefecture. An unrushed day's play for beginners and experienced players alike.

Japan, 大分県
Oita’s onsen: A Hot Spring Heaven
Onsen are a feature found throughout the length and breadth of Japan. Oita, however, boasts the largest concentration of hot springs and they in turn are fed by the greatest volume…

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The onsen hot spring capital of the world.

Japan, 大分県
Road Trip: Exploring Oita's coastline
Oita’s 775 kilometre (482 mile) long coastline is intricately varied and strung with myriad highlights including tremendous sea views, one remote beach after another, and unique…

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Kamoshika Shoten bookshop and cafe
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…

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A discreet gem of a bookshop and cafe.

Kamoshika Books, 2 Chome-8-1 Chuomachi, Oita, Japan
Kisho Kurokawa
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…

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Famed architect responsible for the Nakagin Capsule Hotel in Tokyo's Ginza district and Showa Denko Dome Oita.

Japan, Oita, Yokoo, 1351 大分スポーツ公園総合競技場
Oita International 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…

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Annual wheelchair marathon through the streets of Oita attracting athletes from around the world.

Japan, Oita, 大分市
Road Trip: Exploring Oita's railway heritage
Maybe exploring Oita’s railway heritage by road does seem to be a little non-sensical but please bear with us and read on.

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Accommodation in Abundance & Variety
Oita has long been a popular destination for Japanese visitors and, as a consequence, the choice of accommodation found around the prefecture is plentiful and varied. These include…

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Japan, Oita, Yufu, Yufuincho Kawaminami, 108-1 ゆふいん山水館
Bar Ponte
For an intimate European-style ambiance and menu head to Bar Ponte, which is found on the edge of Oita City’s Miyako-machi nightlife district. Almost all seating is along the…

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A cozy restaurant specialising in Mediterranean cuisine.

Japan, Oita, Chuomachi, 3 Chome−5−23, bar ponte
Funai-jo 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…

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These castle remains allude to the once powerful samurai that ruled Funai, the original name for Oita City.

Japan, Oita, Niagemachi, 1−2−1 府内城跡
Garden of the Otomo family residence
Little original remains of Oita City’s samurai heritage but in 2020 the long lost landscaped garden of the Otomo family residence was opened to the public after a painstaking…

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A fascinating long-term project recreating the villa of Otomo Sorin.

Otomo Ruins(Otomo Residence), 10 Uenogaokanishi, Oita, Japan
Arata Isozaki
Born in 1931 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…

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Pritzker Prize winning architect and Oita native.

Japan, Oita, 別府市
Rugby World Cup 2019
The 9th Rugby World Cup came to Japan in 2019, the first time in the history of the sport that the event had been held in Asia. Between 20th September and 2nd November 2019, 20…

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When the Rugby World Cup came to Japan and Oita.

Japan, Oita, 大分市
Oita Marine Palace '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…

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A seaside aquarium introducing Oita's rich sealife and much more besides.

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium
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…

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Oita's vibrant and thriving prefectural capital.

Japan, Oita, 大分市
Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
Marathons are a popular spectator and participatory sport in Japan with events held across the country. Each year in early February Oita Prefecture’s two principal cities, Beppu…

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An international field compete in this annual and popular event.

Japan, Oita, 別府市
Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden
Mt. Takasakiyama for is a reserve for wild Japanese macaques that is famous throughout Japan. The dominant monkey’s personalities and the dynamics of the troops they lead make…

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A haven for Japanese macaques, which are famed throughout Japan.

Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden, 3098-1 Kanzaki, Oita, Japan