These Spots in Oita, Japan Are Perfect for Travelers Looking for an Outdoor Adventure
Challenge yourself with the outdoor courses!
Going outdoors is the best way to enjoy the last few days of the summer heat and welcome the incoming autumn season. For travelers going to Japan, a day trip around the Oita Prefecture just might do the trick. You can try going to popular driving spots in Beppu and Yufu, taking a dip in a hot spring, indulging in luxurious Wagyu beef, or enjoying activities in the forests.
Ready to make the most out of your Japan trip? Follow our itinerary below.
Forest Adventure Beppu
Oita Prefecture's first park opened in April 2019. Two types of courses were built within the natural forest surrounding Lake Shidaka—the Canopy Course that people with a height of over 110 cm can enjoy, and the Adventure Course which is rather difficult to complete.
The Adventure Course takes around 120 minutes to complete, while the Canopy Course takes about 60 minutes.
The outdoor park is located within a natural forest.
The highest place in the course is about 10 meters from the ground. The activities require you to come up with a strategy and use your whole body. / Forest Adventure Beppu
Forest Adventure Beppu is located at 4380-1, Shidaka, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily (may vary depending on the season). They may close during bad weather. You may contact them at +81-70-4024-1010. The Adventure Course costs ¥3,600 per person, while the Canopy Course costs ¥2,600 per person.
Meien and Meisui no Yado Baien
Nestled in a quiet place in the Yufuin area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, is the Meien and Meisui no Yado Baien. Here, you can admire the beautiful Mt. Yufu from an open-air bath and have lunch at the cafe.
The large open-air baths overlook Mt. Yufu.
This steamed rice bowl containing Kinun pork and assorted vegetables (¥2,268) is available at Cafe Enji.
Meien and Meisui no Yado Baien is located at 2106-2, Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is ¥700 for people above 12 years old and ¥350 for children from three to 11 years old.
Wagashi-dokoro Charou Honpo Yufuin Branch
This is the second branch opened by the 50-year-old Japanese confectionery store. The shop serves a variety of Japanese sweets and snacks that you can eat while walking, such as the asa-dora (bean paste pancake freshly baked every morning) (¥150) and kuromitsu kinako (Japanese sugar syrup with roast flour) soft serve (¥450).
A lot of Japanese sweets are lined up in the store’s glass case.
Fu Manju (raw wheat gluten) (¥180 per piece)
The Honwarabimochi (jelly-like confection) Berobero (¥350) is a seasonal product that’s available from March to September.
Wagashi-dokoro Charou Honpo Yufuin Branch is located at 1558-2 Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Wednesdays. They are closed on Tuesdays once a month. You may contact them at +81-977-85-7731.
Nosanbutsu Chokubaijo Hidamari
The shop is directly managed by the JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) Oita and offers plenty of vegetables produced by the local farmers. Renovated in December 2018, the store’s lineup includes processed products from the prefecture, including honey from Yufu and ginger syrup from Usuki.
There is also a cafeteria in the back where you can enjoy handmade set meals prepared by local mothers.
Oita Icchi (two for ¥669) is one of the authentic sweets produced by a patisserie in Oita City.
Nosanbutsu Chokubaijo Hidamari is located at 2914-1, Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The dining restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-977-84-2270.
At Michi-no-eki Yufuin, you can find many high-quality and handmade processed products. The restaurant also serves dishes made with local ingredients such as the Oita Wagyu beef and kabosu (citrus fruit). Since it is located near the Yufuin Interchange, it is easily accessible to anyone who wants to have their fill here.
The restaurant’s Yakiniku Bowl (¥1,800) contains 150 grams of Oita Wagyu beef.
Rice Pasta (¥550)
Mini Tomatoes and Honey and Quail Eggs and Spice (¥700 each)
Handmade Biwa no Compote (¥800)
Michi-no-eki Yufuin is located at 899-76, Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-977-84-5551.
CAFE Mori-no-kosaten opened in June 2019, next to the roasting workshop of Yufuin's long-established roastery Cafe Bon Voyage! At the cafe, you can enjoy exclusively blended coffee (¥500) brewed by hand drip, while admiring the rich forest outside. Curry (¥500) is also being served here.
The beautiful exterior of CAFE Mori-no-kosaten
CAFE Mori-no-kosaten is located at 1750-137 Kawanishi, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita Prefecture and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-80-5535-2205.
Shoya no Yakata, which is known for its blue hot springs, reopened two years ago as Yufuin Tsukanoma. The waters in the hot springs flow freely from their source. One of them abundantly contains metasilicic acid and is also sometimes referred to as the “Bath of Beauty.”
Go for a dip in the relaxing hot spring.
Yufuin Tsukanoma is located at 444-3 Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. except on Wednesdays (open on Japanese holidays). You may contact them at +81-977-85-3105. The fee is ¥800 for people aged 15 years old and above.
Lake Shidaka has an altitude of 600 meters and a perimeter of 1.8 kilometers. Since the lakeside is about 5°C cooler than the plains, it’s the perfect place to be on very hot days. You can also experience being one with nature by riding on boats that tour you around the lake (¥530 for 30 minutes), staying at the campsites, or strolling around the promenade.
Admire the serene lake while riding the boat.
Lake Shidaka is located at 4380-1 Shidaka, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. daily. You may contact Shidaka Lake Campsite at +81-977-25-3601.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (15 September 2019)