Touring Kyushu - Oita
Vacation this winter at Japan’s greatest hot spring resort
Hotel Nikko Oita Oasis Tower, located near the JR Oita Station, is the tallest building in Oita City. Boasting a height of 101 meters, the high-rise is a popular city landmark. The panoramic view seen from its upper stories never fails to impress those who visit the hotel.
There are many hot spring resorts in Oita Prefecture, and Beppu, located only about 30 minutes from the hotel, is one of the most famous. It boasts Japan’s highest yield of hot spring water and the greatest number of hot spring wells. There are communal bath houses all over Beppu, where visitors can relax in a Japanese-style hot bath. A popular sightseeing option is a tour of eight distinctive hot spring wells. The tour takes about 2.5 hours if you take the Beppu Jigoku Meguri bus that leaves periodically from Beppu Station.
Another pleasure of visiting Oita is the fine food. Winter is the best season for enjoying Sekisaba mackerel, much valued by sashimi connoisseurs. Torafugu blowfish is another winter delicacy in Oita. The prefecture has many exceptional sake brands as well. Japanese Restaurant Orizuru on the hotel’s 2nd floor can offer you a find selection of top-quality sake made by local breweries.
The world-class Onta-Yaki is a prime example of impeccable craftsmanship handed down over generations in Oita. The Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM), located very close to the hotel, exhibits Onta-Yaki and other Oita crafts, as well as art from all over the world.