Oita Prefecture is most famous for the many onsen (hot spas), many of which are located in Beppu. Oita Prefecture attractions include no less than seven Japanese Castles, the Umi-tamago aquarium, Mount Takasaki Monkey Park and Harmonyland (Hello Kitty – Sanrio theme park). Oita Prefecture is located on the north eastern coastline of the southern main island of Kyushu.


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  • Funai Castle

    Funai Castle, also known as Oita Castle, is a flat land style Japanese Castle in Oita Oita Prefecture. Otomo Sorin, who controlled most of Kyushu, ordered the construction of Funai Castle and it was completed in 1562. Funai Castle featured a three story donjon (tower) and several turrets (yagura), however these were all destroyed by read more

  • Harmonyland

    Harmonyland is a theme park featuring Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Jewelpet and more characters created by the Sanrio company. Harmonyland is in Hayami-gun of Oita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu.

  • Hiji Castle

    Hiji Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle along the coastline of Beppu Bay in Hiji Oita Prefecture. In 1601 Kinoshita Nobutoshi ordered the construction of Hiji Castle and it was designed by Nobutoshi’s brother in law, Hosokawa Tadaoki. Today all that remains of Hiji Castle is the Sumi turret and the stone walls.

  • Kitsuki Castle

    Kitsuki Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle on a 30m high rock platform along the coastline of Morie Bay in Kitsuki Oita Prefecture. Yorinao Kizuki ordered the construction of Kitsuki Castle and it was completed in 1394. The Shimizu clan besieged Kitsuki Castle, but failed to capture it, leading to the nickname Katsuyamajo (the read more

  • Nakatsu Castle

    Nakatsu Castle is a flat land style Japanese Castle in Nakatsu Oita Prefecture. In 1587 Kuroda Yoshitaka ordered the construction of Nakatsu Castle, however it was still not completed by 1600, when Kuroda was awarded a new domain by Toyotomi Hideyoshi for his actions in the Battle of Sekigahara. Control of Nakatsu Castle then passed read more

  • Oka Castle

    Oka Castle was a mountain top style Japanese Castle in Taketa Oita Prefecture. Oka Castle was originally constructed in 1185, with many improvements and repairs completed around 1332. After 1594 more improvements were made including the addition of a donjon and palace. The donjon was later destroyed in an earthquake in the Edo period and read more


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