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■Historical Site, Ruins of Oka Castle | Takeda City
Oka Castle is the model castle for Taki Rentaro's music Kojo no tsuki ("The Moon over the Ruined Castle") and is placed inside a park. Stonewalls are piled up high on the valley along the river, and from the top you can see Mt. Hoshiyama. About 2,000 cherry trees are scattered inside the park and glamorously colors up the castle ruins
 
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■Takasakiyama Natural Zoo| Oita City
Takasakiyama is known nationwide by its name of “Takasakiyama of Monkeys”, and as its byname tells it is a wildlife park for nearly 1,200 wild Japanese monkeys. It is also known to be one of the best places in Japan where you can get pictures of wild monkeys with colored leaves on the mountainside. Many photographers come to take photographs of the monkeys with their home mountain turned into vivid colors during autumn.
 
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Oita

This city flourished as a castle town of Oita Castle a few centuries back. Oita Joshi Park retaining the historical atmosphere is now a good spot to appreciate the cherry blossoms in spring. Also, Takasakiyama Natural Zoo, Japan’s largest colonial grounds of Japanese Macaque, is situated in this city.
When visiting Oita, try the local food especially Japanese Mackerel and Japanese Horse Mackerel dishes.

 
Beppu

Centering on the hot spring resorts Kankaiji, Kannawa and Kamegawa, generally known as Beppu Hattou (eight springs of Beppu), almost 130,000 tons of hot spring gush out from about 3,000 fountainheads in Beppu each day. The scale is largest in Japan, and second in the world.

Besides taking some time bathing in the rich hot springs, the “hell tour” in which you go around eight hells is another popular and typical tourist attraction. Being the first place in Japan to start tour buses, this city has a rich variety of tour bus courses and number of lines.

 

Nakatsu

Nakatsu is another major sightseeing spot in Oita with history. Goganji Temple with the deep crimson walls and Nakatsu Castle draw the attention of visitors.
In the nearby Usa neighborhood, there are a number of old temples and shrines including the 1,300-year-old Usa Jingu, Shibahara Zenkoji Temple, and Toukouji Temple where more than 500 Buddhist statues stand in the precinct.

There are former samurai residences (called "buke-yashiki")in old architectural styles conserved, and Japanese history fans are sure to like this city of ancient history.
 
Yufuin

Yufuin is located in the basin surrounded by a mountain range higher than 1,000 meters.
It is not only a prominent hot spring resort famous nationwide, but is also a place where you can enjoy seasonal faces of the grand nature.
The city is culturally interesting as well, with many art and glass museums and even humorous Japanese inns.

Exploring the city will become even more fun taking the horse carriage that takes you around the city with plenty of time.
The view of Lake Kinrinko is illusionary and beautiful especially in the morning, when this half-cold half-warm water lake gets covered with milk white morning mist.
 
Kokonoe

Kokonoe is a scenic area with Kusugawa River and rich amount of flowers and green.
The highlights of this town are Kokonoe-Kyutou (Kokonoe nine hot springs) and most of all Bungo-ushi beef dishes. From this city, you can have an atypical mountain view of Mount Kirikabuyama which its figure is like a tree stump (kirikabu means stump).

 
 
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