Oita

Restaurant Guide in Oita

Oita prefecture is located in the eastern part of Kyushu, and its prefectural office is in the city of Oita. The climate is mild and the prefecture has relatively few incidents of natural disasters. Since the area is mountainous, it boasts the largest number of hot spring wells and highest yield of hot spring water in Japan. Among them, Beppu hot springs tha

t face the Beppu Bay and Yufuin hot springs at the center of the prefecture are nationally famous and attract visitors from all over Japan. The authentic sightseeing course in Beppu is the jigoku meguri (Hell Tour). Jigoku refers to places with boiling water, steam, and hot mud that geyser out from 200–300 meters underground. Many of these are located in Kannawa hot springs, each with unique features, and visitors can see the cobalt blue “Ocean Hell,” red “Blood Pond Hell,” and “Tornado Hell” that gushes out boiling water. On the other hand, Yufuin is in a basin formed by Mt. Yufu that is also called “Bungo Fuji” and the surrounding mountain range. Early morning mist at Kinrinko Lake where both hot and cold water springs gush out is a view worth seeing at least once. Oita’s local specialty items include shiitake mushrooms and kabosu (a type of citrus). Especially, thick donko shiitake with star shaped cracks on the surface are famous. There are also marine products such as seki aji (horse mackerel) and seki saba (mackerel) that are also popular among tourists. Oita’s local residents love to eat toriten or chicken tempura that is also available in supermarkets and convenience stores in the prefecture. Since boned chickens are not easy to eat, people made bite sized chicken tempura, which became toriten now loved by common folks in Oita. There is also the old style local dish dangojiru. This is prepared by adding flat shaped dango (dough) made with flour in miso or soy sauce based soup and cooking them with vegetables, pork, etc. It is enjoyed not only in Oita but in different places in Kyushu.

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