Those of you who make it down
here are in for a treat. The southernmost of Japan's ten world cup venues, Oita is
surrounded by beautiful green mountains and overlooks Beppu Bay. Beppu and Yufuin are
Japan's largest hot springs.
More than 2000 fish of 40 different varieties swim in 230 tons of swiftly moving seawater.
Enjoy the spectacle of a diver's periodic entrance to the tank to feed the fish.
Mt. Takasaki, an extinct volcanoe, offers lots of great hiking. To get to the top, start
at Yusuhara Hachi Mangu Shrine and make your way to the Minami Tozan entrance. A rare
chance to see Japanese monkeys in their natural habitat.
Other Beppu Attractions:
You can't spend all of your time in the spas. Here's a guide to some of the other
attractions around Beppu.
Oita has regular air connections with Tokyo,
Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Kagoshima and Okinawa.
You can get to the airport by hovercraft in 25mins or by bus in an hour.
There are a number of ferry routes to Oita if you fancy a bit of cruising around the Japan
Sea. Diamond Ferry does the Kobe route in 12hrs, Kansai Steamer to Kobe and Osaka in 14
hrs. Ferries from Yahatahama and Tokuyama take a little over 2hrs.