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You may have experienced skiing in Hokkaido yesterday, surfing in Okinawa today, or traveling more than 3,000 kilometers in one day. But have you ever experienced a thousand years in one day and been exposed to the wonders of different eras?

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The Age of Gods - Gods and Shrines

Kunisaki Peninsula, located in the northern part of Oita Prefecture, is a place where you can enjoy a journey through time, with many traces of history dating back more than a thousand years.

Himejima is said to be an island from the age of the gods where many myths lie. Usa Jingu is the main shrine of Hachiman-sama, one of over 40,000 shrines nationwide.

Ancient times - Rokugo Manzan

Approximately 1,300 years ago, many temples were opened by Ninmon Bosatsu, who is said to be the incarnation of Usa Hachiman, and he created approximately 69,000 stone Buddha statues, laying the foundation for the Rokugo Manzan culture. It is said.

You can experience the Kunisaki Peninsula Minemichi Long Trail, a trekking experience based on monks' Shugendo.

Medieval period - Tazome-so

Tashibu-no-sho is a manor cherished by Usa Jingu that remains unchanged from 1,000 years ago. There were people who saw the same scenery in this place 1,000 years ago, and they continue to live the same way today.

Early modern times - castle town

The Edo period marked the end of the turbulent Sengoku era, when samurai dreamed of unifying the country, and entered a period of peace and peace.

Nakatsu, Kitsuki, and Hiji each have castle towns that were the center of politics, economy, and culture, and you can get a feel for the lifestyle and activities unique to each location.

Modern times - hot springs, Showa town

A time trip about 15 minutes by train from the seaside castle town.

Steam rises and there is a faint smell of sulfur. Speaking of Beppu, it is one of Japan's leading hot spring kingdoms, boasting the world's largest number of hot springs and the world's second largest amount of water.

Bungotakada's ``Showa Town'' is a place where you can experience the real Showa era, such as a butcher's shop that is popular for its croquettes, a shop that sells popsicles that were popular with children, and a long-established tea shop.

Toyonokuni Millennium Roman Tourism Area

The DMO (Destination Marketing/Management Organization) ``Toyokuni Millennium Romantic Tourism Area'', which spans eight municipalities, offers a variety of experience products with the concept of allowing you to experience five eras at once: the Age of Gods, ancient times, the Middle Ages, early modern times, and modern times. Masu.

★Creating with island grandpa and grandma! Himeshima local cuisine “Imokiri” making experience

★Kikutan kiln tour and experience The highest quality tea charcoal made from high-quality sawtooth oak

★Experience a tea ceremony at a teahouse that has been around since the Edo period. 280 years of experience with tea. Tomaya is a long-established tea shop that has been around since the Edo period.

★Cycling tour around the Satoyama of Yabakei (guide and snacks included) - Home of the syncretism of Shintoism and Buddhism - A trip to experience the local life and people.

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In April 2018, the "Inbound Promotion Association OITA" was established as a collection of individuals and companies in Oita Prefecture that promote inbound tourism (travel by foreign visitors to Japan). Later, in July 2023, it was reorganized and renamed as the General Incorporated Association "Inbound National Promotion Council" and focused on four issues in the tourism industry: "Developing tourism human resources," "Discovering tourism materials and collecting information," and "Disseminating information and promoting." In order to solve the problem of "improving the receiving environment," we are developing various projects nationwide based on specific measures.

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