Oita is a destination best explored by car, motorbike or, if you have the legs for it, bicycle. Between its coasts and towering mountains, the prefecture’s beautifully verdant scenery, which is dotted with natural wonders, charming villages, atmospheric temples and shrines, is enchanting to journey through. Whether you have weeks, days or only few hours, a road trip will tickle everyone’s taste.
With very many and varied delights, few regions have as much to enjoy as Oita Prefecture so try not to rush your venture. Much of the fun comes from stopping to take photos of awesome scenery, dipping into warm seas at deserted sandy beaches, hopping from one architectural and artistic highlight to another, and throughly exploring Oita’s diverse and delicious gourmet scene. Oita is an onsen hot springs heaven, which adds a rare and luxuriantly relaxing appeal to thread into any journey.
Oita is easily explored by road and the following road trips are to help you find your way. Please also refer to the Visiting Oita page on this website for helpful information about driving and cycling in Japan, and car rental.