Oita - City of Joy
Oita (大分) is indeed the city of joy because it has everything like; Resorts, Natural hot-spring, Spiritual heritage, Marine activities, Natural countryside. Oita is located in north-east Kyushu Island Japan.
It is known mostly for Yufuin and Beppu, two impressively magnificent Hot-springs in Japan. If you are in Kumamoto and planning to visit Oita then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Oita from Kumamoto.
How to get in: Public Transport
Oita has its own airport. So, it’s easily accessible from Tokyo and Osaka by air.
- Tokyo, Heneda Airport : 1 hour 30 minutes approx.
- Osaka, Itami Airport : 1 hour approx.
Also, there is an express bus from Kumamoto via Mount Aso, an active volcano.
Express Bus: Time-table
There is only “Yamabiko-go” Bus (やまびこ号) that connects Kumamoto-Oita. You can ride the bus from Kumamoto Sta. The one-way trip between Kumamoto to Oita takes around 4 and half hours in the lap of nature.
I personally recommend you to choose a window seat and just feel the breathtaking Nature from Aso Sta. to Oita. What a romantic sight!
Bus Route-Stops :
Yamabiko-go Bus departs from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Airport and Aso Sta. Above is a list of Bus-stop.
- Depart from Kumamoto Sta.
- Depart from Kumamoto Sakuramachi BT
- Depart from Aso Kumamoto Airport
- Depart from Aso Sta.
- Arrive @ Oita
- Kumamoto – Aso Sta : 1,530 JPY/Person
- Kumamoto – Oita Sta : 3,360 JPY/Person
- Aso Kumamoto Airport – Oita Sta : 3,360 JPY/Person
- Aso Sta. – Oita Sta : – 2,550 JPY/Person
List of best Sightseeing Spots:
The city of joy has everything to treat everyone. Resorts and Hot-spring for relaxation, Oita Marine for adventuring, Natural and historical countryside. Here is the list:
Beppu city is well known for Spas, Resorts and Natural Hot springs in Japan. We have a special Blog on Beppu, Click..
Again, Yufuin is full of natural hot springs and resorts that attract visitors. Apart from that there are many beautiful places (Kinrinko Lake, Bussan-ji Temple and mor) We have a special Blog on Yufuin, Click..
Apart from hot-springs, it also has marine activities like boating, surfing, dolphin watching. Oita Marine Place Aquarium is a massive 1,200-ton water-tank.
The tank has around 1,500 fishes including Sharks. This aquarium is commonly known as “Umitamago” which means “Sea-egg”
Kunisaki Peninsula is a spiritual and historical place. This powerful spot is a symbol of Shinto and Buddhist. There are thousands of lord Buddha statues in a cave. The local people truly believe in this spiritual place and they feel like it’s a heavenly place on earth.
There is some other important information that will help you when you visit for the first time to Oita.
Oita is a treasure house of foods and specially sea foods. Onsen Foods are boiled in natural hot spring. Actually, Yufuin and Beppu are rich in hot springs and local people use it in agriculture and cooking. Many restaurants and hotels offer eggs, sweet potato, corn, fish and more which are cooked in hot-spring.
If you are in Japan or in your home country and tired with your daily life, then you must visit Oita “City of Joy” with your family or friends. It’s worth to stay at-least 1 night in Beppu and 1 night in Oita.
If you are going for the same day tour for Oita, or, you are on business tour and have only few hours but don’t know what to do, must experience hot-spring @ any Ryokan. And enjoy Oita Marine Place Aquarium. Hope it will help you in traveling to Oita and how to enjoy there. Have a nice journey!
Link & Resources:
Kyushu Bus Booking
Online booking site of express/highway/night buses