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1. Umitamago Aquarium (大分マリーンパレス水族館「うみたまご」)

 

 

The popular aquarium “umitamago” (sea egg) houses 500 species of marine animals.  The presentation reminds you of a art gallery and creates a stunning visual effect.  You will have a chance to meet Spotted Seals, Warluses and Steller Sea Lions from a close range.  90 species of fish, including sharks and stingrays swim freely in the enormous main tank, which contains 1250 tons of sea water.  There are many attractions such as coral tank and petting pool.

Open: 9:00am-6:00pm

Admission: Adult- ¥2200, Child- ¥1100, Small Child- ¥700

HP: www.umitamago.jp

HP: www.umitamago.jp (中文)

HP: www.umitamago.jp (Japanese)

Address: Shimokaigan, Takasakiyama, Oita-shi (Google Map)

2. Takasakiyama Nature Zoo (高崎山自然動物園)

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1500 Snow Monkeys live in Takasakiyama Natural Zoo.  There is no cage or enclosure, you can enjoy a real close encounter with monkeys of all sizes.  Some are quite friendly and may come up to greet you.  They are adorable and well behaved.  A unique place to hang with the monkeys – providing a exciting, fun experience which you can’t have in a normal zoo!

Open: 8:30am-5:00pm 

Admission: Adult- ¥510, Elementary, Jr. high student ¥250 

HP: www.takasakiyama.jp

HP: www.takasakiyama.jp (中文)

HP: www.takasakiyama.jp (Japanese)

Address: 3098-1 Kanzaki, Oita-shi (Google Map)

3. Funai Castle Ruins (府内城跡)

Funai Castle burnt down back in the 18th century, but the wall, the moat and two of the turrets remain intact.  The inside of the wall is a park, providing a green oasis in the city center.  As you stroll along, you can feel the sense of its history.

HP: www.city.oita.oita.jp (Japanese Only)

Address: Niagemachi, Oita-shi (Google Map)

4. Oita City Art Museum (大分市美術館)

This art museum is located among the lush green of Uenogaoka Park.  The majestic 6,6m/20ft high statue of an elephant will greet you as you approach.  Inside, you will find variety of temporary exhibitions featuring some famous masterpieces.  The museum also features a restaurant and a shop, take your time to enjoy this charming place.

Open: 10:00am-6:00pm

Admission: Adult ¥300, College/high school student ¥200

HP: www.city.oita.oita.jp (Japanese Only)

Address: Uenogaoka Park 865 Oaza-Ueno, Oita-shi, Oita (Google Map)

5. Sekizaki Ocean and Astronomical Observatory Hall (関崎海星館)

Sekizaki Ocean and Astronomical Observatory Hall is a popular spot to enjoy the incredible vista, both of the ocean and the immense starry sky.  It is equipped with powerful telescopes which allow you to peek into the galaxy far, far away.  You can also enjoy a meal in a restaurant next to the observatory.

Open: 10:00am-10:00pm

Admission: Adult ¥420, High school student ¥210

HP: www.kaiseikan.jp (Japanese Only)

Address: 4057-419 Saganoseki, Oita-shi, Oita (Google Map)

6. Roadside Station Saganoseki (道の駅 さがのせき)

 

Saganoseki Roadside Station is famous for fresh fish and other local specialties produced in the area.  Many fresh seafood dishes are offered, and you can sample some of the typical taste of Kyushu.  Another big hit is “Kurome”soft serve ice cream, made from goat milk.  An important stop for all the foodies and gourmet travelers.

Open: 9:00am-6:00pm

HP: rs-seki.com (Japanese Only)

Address: 989-6 Ohira, Oita-shi, Oita (Google Map)

7. Oita Gokoku Shirne (大分県護国神社)

Oita Gokoku Shrine was built back in 1876.  The shrine is famous for its cherry and plum blossoms, there are 500 cherry trees in the premises.  The huge decorative arrow and rake in the garden will immediately catch your attention.  A popular shrine for the new year visitors and sakura viewing in the spring, various special events also attract many tourists.

Open: 9:00am-5:00pm

HP: www.oita-gokoku.jp (Japanese Only)

Address: 1371 Maki, Oita-shi, Oita (Google Map)

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