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Oita Prefecture, which has the largest number of hot spring sources and the highest amount of hot spring water in Japan, is known for hot spring towns such as Beppu Onsen and Yufuin. Renting a car is the most convenient way to get to each tourist spot, as you can move around even after relaxing in t...

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Recommended sightseeing spots in Oita

Oita Prefecture boasts the highest number of hot spring sources and the highest amount of hot springs in Japan, and is known for hot spring towns such as Beppu Onsen and Yufuin.

In addition to being rich in nature, including the Bungo Channel on the east that borders Ehime Prefecture, it also boasts the largest number of tangible cultural properties in Japan, including the Usuki Stone Buddha, which is said to have been erected during the Heian period.

In this article, we will introduce recommended sightseeing spots in Oita that you should visit and recommended rental cars that can be rented in the area.

Beppu hell tour

In Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, there are four hells designated as national scenic spots: Umi Jigoku, Chinoike Jigoku, Tatsumaki Jigoku, and Shiraike Jigoku. The Beppu Jigoku Tour was designed to allow visitors to safely view hot spring spouts.

It is a very popular tourist spot with facilities such as footbaths. There is also a unique selection of food and souvenirs that can only be found in Jigoku.

Shiraike hell<br>
Shiraike hell
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sea ​​hell
blood pond hell<br>
blood pond hell

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Lake Kinrinko

Lake Kinrinko is a tourist spot that represents Yufuin, which is located in a place rich in nature. It is said that the lake was named ``Kinrinko Lake'' after seeing the fish scales in the lake shining in the setting sun.

It is a beautiful lake with an abundant amount of water thanks to the water gushing out from the bottom of the lake, as well as spring water and hot springs that flow in from the surrounding area. As Yufuin is a basin, morning mist occurs from autumn to winter, and it gives you a strange feeling as if you are the source of the mist.

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Kokonoe “Dream” Suspension Bridge

The Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge is Japan's tallest suspension bridge for pedestrian use, with a total length of 390m, height of 173m, and width of 1.5m. With a spectacular view, you can see one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls, as well as famous spots for fresh greenery and autumn leaves.

The beautiful scenery of nature that changes from season to season fascinates visitors. The 360-degree panorama is a spectacular view worthy of a promenade in the sky. The observation plaza offers a spectacular view of the entire suspension bridge and the great outdoors, and the shop offers specialty products from Kokonoe Town.

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Usa Shrine

Usa Jingu Shrine was built in 725 in Usa City, Oita Prefecture, and has a history of about 1,300 years.

In addition to the beautiful main shrine designated as a national treasure, there are many other shrine buildings within the shrine grounds. Many of them are designated as national or prefectural cultural properties.

The Treasure Museum has hundreds of cultural assets on display. The precincts are approximately 500,000 square meters in size, and you can enjoy a walk in the rich natural surroundings, including a forest of trees such as the national natural monument fig oak, and a lotus pond where ancient lotuses bloom.

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