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Oita Prefecture

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Ōita Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The prefectural capital is the city of Ōita.HistoryAround the 6th century Kyushu consisted of four regions: Tsukushi Province, Hi Province, Kumaso Province and Toyo Province.Toyo Province was later divided into two regions, upper and lower Toyo Province, called Bungo Province and Buzen Province.After the Meiji Restoration, districts from Bungo and Buzen provinces were combined to form Ōita Prefecture. These provinces were divided among many local daimyōs and thus a large castle town never formed in Ōita. From this time that whole area became known as "Toyo-no-kuni", which means "Land of Abundance".The origins of the name Ōita are documented in a report from the early 8th century called the Chronicles of Bungo. According to the document, when Emperor Keikō visited the Kyushu region, stopping first in Toyo-no-kuni, he exclaimed that 'This is a vast land, indeed. It shall be known as Okita-Kuni!' Okita-Kuni, meaning "Land of the Great Fields", later came to be written as "Ōita". Present day interpretations based on Ōita's topography state that Oita's name comes from "Okita", meaning "many fields", rather than "vast" or "great" field, because of Ōita's complex terrain.
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Popular things to do in Oita Prefecture

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Lake Kinrin ©
Water Body
Lake Kinrin Yufu
3.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Spa
Spas Beppu
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Duration: 1 hour
Hells of Beppu ©
Hot Spring
Hells of Beppu Beppu
3.4
Duration: 1 hour
Umi Jigoku ©
Hot Spring
Umi Jigoku Beppu
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Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Oita Prefecture

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Yufuin Area ©
Historic Walking Area
Yufuin Area Yufu
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Duration: 1 hour
Usajingu Shrine ©
Historic Site
Usajingu Shrine Usa
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Oka Castle Ruins ©
Historic Site
Oka Castle Ruins Taketa
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Rakanji Temple ©
Religious Site
Rakanji Temple Nakatsu
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Nature in Oita Prefecture

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Mt. Yufu ©
Mountain
Mt. Yufu Yufu
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Chinoike Jigoku
Hot Spring
Chinoike Jigoku Beppu
3.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Yufuin Onsen ©
Hot Spring
Yufuin Onsen Yufu
3.5
Duration: 1 hour
Tatsumaki Jigoku ©
Hot Spring
Tatsumaki Jigoku Beppu
3.0
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Oita Prefecture

Yufuin Basin ©
Landmark
Yufuin Basin Yufu
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Angel Kimono Rental Beppu
Gift & Specialty Shop
Angel Kimono Rental Beppu Beppu
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kitsuki Castle Town ©
Historic Walking Area
Kitsuki Castle Town Kitsuki
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Kumano Magaibutsu ©
Historic Site
Kumano Magaibutsu Bungotakada
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Oita Prefecture

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Oita Prefectural Art Museum ©
Art Museum
Oita Prefectural Art Museum Oita
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Doctor Oe History Museum
Specialty Museum
Doctor Oe History Museum Nakatsu
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
Oita Prefectural Museum of History
History Museum
Oita Prefectural Museum of History Usa
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
Usa City Peace Museum
History Museum
Usa City Peace Museum Usa
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Oita Prefecture

Beppu Park ©
Park
Beppu Park Beppu
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Duration: 1 hour
Nyuta Nakashima Park
Park
Nyuta Nakashima Park Taketa
5.0
Duration: 1 hour