Taketa, Kokonoe & Bungo-Ono

Terunobu Fujimori Nagayu
Fujimori is probably the least well-known overseas of Japan’s acclaimed architects. However, his portfolio of eccentric, whimsical and very humane structures certainly deserves more attention.

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Magma Glass Taketa
Magma Glass Studio has been established in a delightful, period wooden building in a peaceful setting in panoramic countryside on the outskirts of Bungo Taketa. The husband and wife artist-owners transplanted their workshop to here from Yokohama near Tokyo in 2015.

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Comico Art Museum
Kuma is the architect of the New National Stadium built for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. An ardent proponent of reinterpreting traditional Japanese construction methods, Kuma is known for his use of timber, which the Olympic Stadium uses on a colossal scale.

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Fumio Asakura Bungo Ono
A prolific artist, Asakura (1883-1964) is often referred to in Japan as Asia’s Rodin and considered the father of western-style sculpture in the country.

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Oita Taketa
Taketa developed at the foot of Oka-jo, to serve the castle and its samurai inhabitants and the charm of an older time is apparent in the townscape.

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Oita Tajmaya
Not only does Tajimaya produce the best wagashi confectionary in Oita, its delicious products undoubtedly count amongst the best in Japan.

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At a glance

An elegant, traditional Japanese shop that has been making and selling delightful wagashi Japanese sweets since 1804.

Oita Spa naoiri
The sister circuit to Autopolis, Spa Naoiri specialises in two wheels, both motorised and human-powered. Regular racing events for both race bikes and cycles are held on its 1. 43km circuit throughout the year, and at the circuit’s school riders improve their racing skills.

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At a glance

A racing circuit for budding and veteran sportsbikers and cyclists alike.

Oita Okajo
Only the ramparts of Oka-jo remain, but their scale and impressiveness allude to the power that this hill-top citadel once held over the surrounding region.

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OIta Nagayu
Nagayu is one of the most charming onsen resorts anywhere in Japan. A small town aside a river, it has a lovely and particularly unspoilt charm.

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At a glance

One of the nicest onsen resorts, which is really a village, in Japan. A wonderful example of contemprary Japanese architecture houses a carbonated hot spring.

Oita Kuju Renzan
Kuju-san is a 13km-long massif consisting of more than ten volcanic peaks including Mt. Naka-dake, which at 1,791m is the highest mountain in Kyushu. Each peak is dormant except Mt. Hossho-zan (1,762m), which suddenly erupted in 1995, 333 years since the last eruption in the massif.

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At a glance

Volcanoes atop Kyushu. A variety of trails open around the year for the beginner and seasoned hiker.

Korechika Annan
A contemporary of Mamoru Shigemitsu, Korechi Anan (1887-1945), who was born in Taketa, was a military man throughout his adult life and rose to the rank of general in the Japanese Imperial Army before finally being appointed War Minister in the Japanese cabinet towards the end of the Second World...

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Oita Asakura Fumio
This lovely, cosy museum in park setting is dedicated to local son Fumio Asakura, who is regarded as Japan’s leading exponent of natural-realism western-style sculpture, so much so he is sometimes likened to Rodin.

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Oita Fuko ji
Fuko-ji temple is found at the end of a quiet country lane in Asaji, Bungo-Ono. Even though its imposing gate is significant for such a remote, rural temple it provides no indication of the impressive scenery to be found beyond.

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At a glance

A hidden gem of a temple deep in the Oita countryside.

Oita Tao
Drum TAO, a flamboyantly, dynamic drum and dance troupe that has been lauded overseas as ‘Supernaturally fit and superbly trained… Stunning… Fully deserving of the standing ovation that the company receives’.

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At a glance

One of Japan's most powerful and dynamic entertaiments.

Nagayu cycling
Electric-assist cycles, available to rent at Nagayu’s information centre, are an ideal way to explore this charming onsen town known for its refined artistic repose and visit each of its many onsen baths.

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