Sport

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

Oita Golf v2
The Japanese are as passionate about golf as many others around the world, but often little is known overseas about some of the golf courses to be found in Japan including Oita

Golf has a long history in Japan with the first golf course established in Kobe in 1903 by a...

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24 golf courses in Oita.

Great for beginners and experienced players alike.

Oita Tour de Saiki
The Tour de Saiki is a annual bicycle event held each October from blue seas via pristine river courses to verdant mountains and back again. Began in 1990, each year 2,000 amateur cycle fans test their mettle on either a 190km, 162km, 102km, 75km, or 40km circuit.

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Oita's largest event for amateur cycle fans.

Oita Tour du kunisaki v2
Kunisaki’s quiet country roads through verdant countryside and aside the Seto Inland Sea are ideal for cycling and each year, over 2,500 cycle enthusiasts enter Oita’s largest cycling event, the Tour de Kunisaki.

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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 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 Nakatsue Cameroon2
For a rural community barely known of in the rest of Oita, Nakatsue drew enormous national attention during the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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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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Shannon McCurley2 2017 World Champs
Like golf in Japan, keirin seems at once familiar but also contains a charming, inimitably Japanese essence.

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Oita Autopolis2
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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