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Close To Fukuoka And Oita! Getting To Hita City, Kyushu's Travel Hub
Located just an hour away from Fukuoka, Oita, and Kumamoto, Hita is very convenient as a base for your travels in Kyushu. This city is also one of Kyushu's prominent sightseeing spots! This article introduces information on how to travel to Hita City.
Written by MATCHA-PR
Hita City in Oita - Kyushu's Travel Hub
Hita, located in Oita Prefecture, is a charming city in the center of northern Kyushu. It is easily accessible from neighbouring cities such as Fukuoka, Oita and Kumamoto.
The city is famous for Mamedamachi, a town renowned for its traditional streets and culture rooted in the Edo period. Hita is also a city full of lively contemporary culture, being at the same time blessed with rich nature - beautiful mountains, rivers, and hot springs.
Not only is this city less congested with travelers but it also offers accommodation at affordable rates. If you have plans to explore Fukuoka, Kumamoto or Oita, we highly suggest that you extend your stay in Kyushu to visit the convenient and visitor-friendly city of Hita!
In this article, we will introduce how to get to Hita City and budget-friendly transportation tickets.
Just One Hour Away From Kyushu's Large Cities
Hita's appeal lies in it being a convenient travel hub easily accessible from nearby cities in Northern Kyushu by highway bus, train or car.
Going to Hita by Bus
The most convenient way to travel to Hita City is by highway bus. It takes 1 hour and 3 minutes from Fukuoka Airport, 1 hour and 23 minutes from Oita Airport, and 1 hour and 39 minutes from Kumamoto Airport.
Going to Hita by Train
Alternatively, Hita city is also accessible by train. It takes 1 hour and 16 minutes by special express train from Fukuoka Station, about 2 hours and 14 minutes from Oita Station, and about 1 hour and 28 minutes from Kumamoto Station. In some cases, it is necessary to transfer trains.
3 Ways to Travel from Fukuoka to Hita City
Fukuoka is the gateway to Kyushu. Most of the travelers to Kyushu will visit Fukuoka City.
In this article, we will introduce three ways to get to Hita city from 1. Fukuoka Airport International Terminal, 2. Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal, and 3. Fukuoka City.
1. Traveling from Fukuoka Airport International Terminal to Hita City
If you are using Fukuoka Airport to get to Japan, you will arrive at the International Terminal. One convenient way to travel out of the airport is by highway bus.
First, make your way to the bus terminal, which is located within the Domestic Terminal.
Getting to the Domestic Terminal of Fukuoka Airport by the Free Shuttle Bus
Upon your arrival at the International Terminal, exit the lobby to find a sign with directions to the bus stop for the shuttle bus.
Exit the airport building through the front entrance, turn left and you will find Shuttle Bus Stop 1.
Travel information about free passes and destinations in Kyushu can be obtained from the counters within the lobby before boarding the shuttle bus.
The Information Counter provides transport and hotel information. There are also counters providing currency exchange and car rental services.
Once you are done, board the shuttle bus at Shuttle Bus Stop 1 bound for the Domestic Terminal and alight at Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal North.
At the Domestic Terminal, board the bus from Bus Stop 2 (*as of September 17, 2018), which is bound for Hita City!
Please read 2. Traveling from Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal to Hita City for further details.
SUNQ Pass - The Most Convenient and Cost-efficient Way to Explore Kyushu
Before proceeding to the Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal, please consider purchasing the SUNQ Pass.
SUNQ Pass is a multiple day unlimited ride bus ticket applicable for both highway and local buses within Kyushu.
SUNQ Passes are available as follows.
|Pass Type||Area||Validity||Japan Counter Price||Overseas Purchase Price|
|SUNQ Pass Northern Kyushu||Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Oita, Nagasaki, Saga, Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)||3 days||9,000 yen||7,000 yen|
|SUNQ Pass Southern Kyushu||Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Hiroshima||3 days||8,000 yen||6,000 yen|
|SUNQ Pass All Kyushu (3 Days)||All Prefectures in Kyushu, Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)||3 days||11,000 yen||10,000 yen|
|SUNQ Pass All Kyushu (4 Days)||All Prefectures in Kyushu, Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)||4 days||14,000 yen||*Not available|
1. The Overseas Purchase Price is only applied to SUNQ Passes purchased overseas. Tickets sold at counters in Japan will be sold at the Japan Counter Price even for international travelers.
2. Tickets are available at the Overseas Purchase Price at the following facilities:
① JTB Japan Travel WebsiteJAPANiCAN
② Travel agencies in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.
The SUNQ Pass Northern Kyushu is convenient for travelers going from Fukuoka to Hita and Oita.
Besides highway buses, the SUNQ Pass can also be used on the local buses with the SUNQ Pass mark. For additional information about how to use the SUNQ Pass, please visit the SUNQ Pass oficial website.
SUNQ Passes are sold at the Bus Ticket Counter located within the lobby of Fukuoka Airport International Terminal and Domestic Terminal.
2. Traveling from Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal to Hita City
As you exit the arrival lobby, an information counter is available on the right hand side, which visitors can approach for travel information.
Domestic flights from cities such as Tokyo and Osaka will arrive at the Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal.
You will find direction signs as you reach the arrival lobby.
The bus terminal for the highway bus can be found to the left. The Nishitetsu Bus Ticket Center is also located here. If you wish to use a SUNQ Pass, you can purchase it here too.
On the other hand, if you don't need a SUNQ Pass, you can buy a regular bus ticket for Hita City from the Nishitetsu Bus Ticket Center to purchase their bus tickets.
Buying Nishitetsu Bus Tickets from the English-Friendly Ticket Vending Machines
At the Nishitetsu Bus Ticket Center, travel tickets for various parts of Kyushu can be purchased at the ticket counter or from the ticket vending machines. The ticket vending machines are available in several languages, making it simple for travelers to use.
After selecting your language, proceed by picking your destination. For Hita City, select Hita Bus Center.
Multiple tickets are available for purchase as pair tickets in sets of two or four at a discounted price.
A one-way ticket from Fukuoka Airport to the Hita Bus Center costs 1,800 yen and 3,240 yen for 2 tickets purchased as a pair.
The departure time and bus stop numbers are displayed above the ticket vending machine in Japanese and English.
All You Have to Do Now Is Board the Bus for Hita
The highway bus bound for Hita departs from Bus Stop 2 (*as of September 17, 2018). Please get in the line a few minutes before the departure time.
The black building in front of the bus center is Hita Station. The Tourist Information Center is located on the left side of the train station.
It takes approximately one hour from Fukuoka Airpot to Hita Bus Center. The bus center is located in front of Hita Station. The Hita City Tourist Information Center is also close by.
The Hita City Tourist Information Center is the place to go for travel information about Hita, rental cars or rental bicycles.
Travel information from Hita to Oita, Kumamoto or Fukuoka can be obtained from Hita Bus Center or Hita City Tourist Information Center.
3. Taking the Bus from Hakata or Tenjin to Hita
If you are planning to visit Fukuoka at the beginning of your Kyushu trip, you can travel to Hita directly from Fukuoka City, and there is no need to return to the airport.
Hita can be accessed from Hakata Station Bus Terminal and Tenjin Bus Terminal.
Make your way to the bus stop bound for Hita by following the green guide marks on the floor of Hakata Station Bus Terminal
Buses bound for Hita depart from Hakata Station Bus Terminal's platform 34 (*as of September 17, 2018) every 30 minutes in the afternoon and every hour in the morning and evening.
The Tenjin Bus Terminal is located inside a department store
Buses bound for Hita depart from Tenjin Bus Terminal's platform 5 (*as of September 17, 2018). The buses here also depart every 30 minutes or every hour.
Rent a Car or Bicycle to Get around Hita Conveniently
Right next to Hita Station is the Hita City Tourist Information Center.
Those interested in renting a car or bicycle during their stay in Hita should visit the information center for the appropriate procedures.
Rent a Car for Your Travel in the City
To utilize the car rental service, a reservation is required in advance. You are also expected to present your passport and international driver's license as part of the procedure.
Once the forms are filled, and the condition of the car has been inspected, the procedure is complete. Payment can be performed in cash or by card.
The forms and documents for renting a car are available in Japanese and English.
Also, basic information about car rental services in Japan are available in this article.
With your mode of transportation decided, all that is left is to enjoy your stay in Hita!
With an exquisite cityscape, delectable local cuisine, hot springs, and impressive nature, Hita is the place to go to satisfy your travel needs. Kindly check out MATCHA's series of articles about Hita for further travel tips.
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