Oita is an area located in the southwestern part of Oita prefecture. At the heart of the prefecture, the area includes the cities of Oita, Usuki, Tsukumi, Bungoono, and Saiki.
Sightseeing attractions include Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden, a monkey theme park on the Betsudai National Highway between the cities of Oita and Beppu, and Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, where displays that allow you to see the sea and sea creatures up close are popular. We also recommend Oita Prefectural Art Museum OPAM, which was just opened in 2015. In the southern part of this area there are the fishing port of Saiki where brand name seafood products like Sekiaji and Sekisaba are brought in, and the charming city Bungoono, which is full of natural wonders like Harajiri Falls and Inazumi Underwater Limestone Caves.
You can get around this area by train but many sightseeing spots are far from the station so it is convenient to have a car. From major cities, this area is accessible through Oita Station. The nearest airport is Oita Airport and you can get from the airport to Oita Station by bus. It takes about 1 hour. A flight from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Oita Airport takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.