15 days in Oita Prefecture Itinerary

15 days in Oita Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Kokonoe-machi
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Kokonoe-machi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oita
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nakatsu
— 4 nights
Drive to Fukuoka Airport, Fly to Melbourne

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Kokonoe-machi

— 5 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Kokonoe-machi side-trips: Oka Castle Ruins (in Taketa) and Yufu (Mt. Yufu, Sagiridai Observatory, &more).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kokonoe-machi trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kokonoe-machi is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Kokonoe-machi. While traveling from Melbourne, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Kokonoe-machi, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Oita.

Things to do in Kokonoe-machi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Oita

— 5 nights
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Get out of town with these interesting Oita side-trips: Usuki Sekibutsu (in Usuki), Beppu (Bozu Jigoku, Umi Jigoku, &more) and Usa (African Safari & Higashi Shiya Falls). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago and meet the residents at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Oita tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kokonoe-machi to Oita by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Oita are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nakatsu.

Things to do in Oita

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:

Nakatsu

— 4 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Nakatsu side-trips: Usa (Usajingu Shrine Jogu & Tokoji Temple Five Hundred Arhats).

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nakatsu trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Oita to Nakatsu in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nakatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

Oita Prefecture travel guide

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Hot Springs · Onsen Resorts · Sacred & Religious Sites
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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