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

Historic Sites in Oita Prefecture

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

Nature in Oita Prefecture

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

Hidden gems in Oita Prefecture

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

Museums in Oita Prefecture

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

Parks in Oita Prefecture

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