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Harmony Land’s ferris wheel is hard to miss as it towers over the surrounding countryside, only heightening the excitement that fans of Sanrio’s characters entertain when visiting this park, where the theme is firmly on ‘kawai’, or cute.

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At the largest wildlife park in west Japan an exotic and exciting experience is provided for children through to adults alike in the heart of Oita.

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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 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 Yufuin
Yufuin, is a refined, up-market, onsen hot spring town in wonderful rural setting towered over by Mt. Yufu-dake, an extinct volcano. The town boast a wealth of cafes, restaurants, shops selling high-quality locally-made handicrafts, boutiques, art galleries and small museums. A compact town it is ideal to stroll around.

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Oita Yamanami
The journey along the Yamanami Highway from Yufuin to Aso, in neighbouring Kumamoto Prefecture is one of Japan’s greatest scenic drives.

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At a glance

A three-hour drive through beautiful and multi-varied, rural countryside

Oita Tsukumi  Marine Center
A satellite marine-life of Oita’s highly regarded Umitamago Aquarium, Tsukumi Iruka-jima specialises in dolphins, which live in the semi-wild here. Their performances wow the crowds and there are also opportunities to swim with them.

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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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Oita Taio Kinzan
The Taio-Kinzan was once the largest gold mine in Asia; Oita’s very own El Dorado.

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

Oita Gokart
A stone’s throw from the Ajimu Winery is the pocket-sized Sonic Park, where karting enthusiasts speed up to 80km per hour around its tightly twisting, 1,080 metre track.

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Oita Shipbuilding
A number of shipyards are found in the south of Oita around Usuki and Saiki. Although the yards are not normally open to the public, a ship launch is a cause to celebrate and access is often given on these occasions.

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Oita Rakutenchi
Rakutenchi is a children’s paradise, a theme land of innocent playfulness and excitement. First opened in 1929, Rakutenchi has long held a special appeal and nostalgia for the Japanese, especially if they have visited as a young child.

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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 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 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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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 Nagasakibana
On the north side of Kunisaki betwixt Matama Sunset Café and Imi lies Nagasakibana, a long, finger-like peninsula jutting out into the Seto Inland Sea.

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Oita Yufudake
The twin-peaked Mt. Yufu-dake soars to 1,583 metres dominating its surroundings. It is also a popular and relatively easy mountain to climb, taking about 2~2. 5 hours from the main start point, on the road running between Yufuin and Beppu, at 700 metres.

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Oita yabakei cycling
The Maple Yabakei Cycling Road follows the beautiful Yabakei Gorge from Ao-no-Domon to Morizane Onsen along the old route of the Yabakei Railway, the trains of which once threaded their way up the valley.

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In years past, the professional Keirin cyclists from the velodrome in Beppu used the roads of Kunisaki to train on until the fixed-wheeled Keirin bikes where made illegal on the public highway in Japan.

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

Oita Kijima
Ranging from the thrilling to the benign, the entertainment at Kijima caters for all the family.

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Oita Jigoku onsen
Jigoku Onsen, or Hot Spring Hells, are scaldingly hot and most definitely not for bathing in. However, they are a fascinating attraction. Mostly found in the Kanawa area, there are  ten Hells each with their own natural qualities including blood red waters, cobalt blue waters, geysers, and belching mud-pools.

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At a glance

Jigoku Onsen are exotic natural phenomena and symbolic of Beppu's claim to be the hot spring capital of the world.

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 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.

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

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Oita Beppu Ropeway
For panoramic views over Beppu and Beppu Bay to the east and Mt. Yufu-dake to the west ride the Beppu Ropeway, which whisks passengers up almost 800 metres to the summit of Mt. Tsurumi-dake.

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The journey to Autopolis along quiet country lanes, past carefully tended farmhouse gardens through the picturesque valley-riven, deeply forested countryside in the west of Oita is an unassuming precursor to the largest motor race track in west Japan.

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