This fantastic museum opened its doors in 2015, with the slogan “Museum of Encounters and of the Five Senses.” The exterior, designed by the world-renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, leaves a deep impression.
On footAbout 6 minutes
By taxiAbout 3 minutes, from ¥730
From operas and ballets to plays, orchestral performances, and more, the high-class medium- to large-sized halls in this venue are accompanied by meeting rooms and galleries, meaning the venue is always abuzz with concerts and other events.
On footAbout 6 minutes
By taxiAbout 5 minutes, ¥730～
A new integrated cultural facility for raising up, creating, and promoting people, culture, and industry. Just 2 minutes on foot from JR Oita Station, it is host to various concerts, exhibitions, and more.
On footAbout 17 minutes
By taxiAbout 11 minutes, ¥730～
This aquarium is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Mt. Takasakiyama and Beppu Bay. Enjoy performances and the mysterious mannerisms of dolphins and all sorts of other animals.
By taxiAbout 19 minutes, from ¥2,530
By busAbout 30 minutes, ¥410～
The famous Japanese macaque can be found here, and this is one of the few natural zoological parks in Japan where you can observe these creatures up close. See the macaques being fed and watch them come right up to you in their natural habitat.
By taxiAbout 17 minutes, from ¥2,620
By busAbout 30 minutes, ¥410～
At this sports park you can freely enjoy sports and various recreational activities. It is also home to Showa Denko Dome, an international-level stadium with a capacity of around 40,000 that was used as one of the venues of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
By taxiAbout 24 minutes, ¥3,070～
By busAbout 47 minutes, ¥500～
Shopping, gourmet food, entertainment... it’s all here at this massive, integrated commercial facility. There’s also a trusty Kids’ Area, so families with small children can comfortably spend time here too.
By taxiAbout 23 minutes, ¥3,070～
By busAbout 42 minutes, ¥570～
With one of the largest convention centers in west Japan, this multipurpose facility is used for events such as international meetings. The observation deck sits at the top of the 125-meter Global Tower, granting an awe-inspiring view of the entire city of Beppu.
By taxiAbout 25 minutes, ¥4,330～
By train/busAbout 53 minutes, ¥450～
This retro-style theme park is fun for the whole family, from little kids to grandma and grandpa. In addition to the natural swimming pool (summer only), you can enjoy Japan’s only double ferris wheel and so much more!
By taxiAbout 28 minutes, ¥4,330～
By train/busAbout 1 hour 16 minutes, ¥450～
Beppu is a unique Japanese hot spring area with fascinating baths known as “jigoku,” or “hells.” The “Jigoku-meguri,” or “trip around the hells,” is a popular sightseeing course that will take you around these hellish hot springs that have a naturally weird and eldritch quality. These hot springs allow you to experience the awesome energy of nature, with boiling hot water, natural geysers, and more.
By taxiAbout 40 minutes, from ¥5,860
By trainAbout 1 hour 18 minutes, ¥280
At this outdoor theme park you can meet Hello Kitty and the whole gang of Sanrio characters! Wonderful parades and live shows are put on ever day. You can also enjoy a range of 15 other attractions.
By taxiAbout 49 minutes, ¥9,010～
By train/busAbout 53 minutes, ¥920～
An amusement park located between Yufuin and Beppu. From the overwhelming to the relaxing, this park has attractions for everyone in the family, as well as regular events featuring popular characters.
By taxiAbout 40 minutes, ¥8,200～
By train/busAbout 1 hour 10 minutes, ¥830～
Experience wild animals in an environment approximating their natural habitat and interact with all sorts of cute furry friends at this interactive safari park. With lions, tigers, giraffes and more coming right up to the window of your Jungle Bus so you can feed them directly, this experience is particularly popular with the young ones.
By taxiAbout 44 minutes, ¥10,990～
By busAbout 1 hour 42 minutes, ¥1,140～
Yufuin in Oita Prefecture is one of the most popular hot spring regions in Japan. Blessed by rich natural scenery and changing sights throughout the four seasons, it is the perfect place for everything from shopping and dining out to enjoying high culture.
By taxiAbout 55 minutes, ¥11,530～
By trainAbout 1 hour 26 minutes, ¥940～
The chief shrine of the cult of Hachiman, the Shinto god of war, which has over 40,000 shrines spread throughout Japan. The shrine houses a large number of buildings designated as important cultural assets, including the Central Hall, which is a Japanese National Treasure. Known as a “power spot,” this shrine is also filled with a wide range of things to see.
By taxiAbout 1 hour 3 minutes, ¥16,750～
By train/busAbout 1 hour 53 minutes, ¥2,450～
The landscape of terraced rice fields and villages, set against the backdrop of spectacular mountains, has earned this site the name “Machu Picchu of Usa” due to its resemblance to Peru’s famous World Heritage Site.
By taxiAbout 1 hour 5 minutes, ¥18,550～
Yabakei Gorge in Oita is revered as one of the three most beautiful spots to appreciate the Japanese autumn leaves, along with Arashiyama in Kyoto and Nikko in Tochigi. This is a strangely-shaped rocky valley created by the erosive action of the Yamakuni River on the lava plateau.
By taxiAbout 1 hour 15 minutes, ¥20,170～
One of the three best places in Japan to see statues of the “500 Arhats,” or disciples of the Buddha. In the non-leaking cave located on the temple grounds you can encounter more than 3,700 stone figures with a variety of fascinating facial expressions. Designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan, it attracts worshipers from all over the country.
By taxiAbout 1 hour 18 minutes, ¥22,420～
* Information is accurate as of June 2019. Fees and times are subject to change.