Try Max-sized Japanese Fried Chicken at This Restaurant in Beppu, Oita Prefecture!

Oita Prefecture, on the southern island of Kyushu, is particularly popular for a variety of food which comes from the sea and mountains. Besides being blessed with hot springs, it is also known for its chicken karaage, a Japanese dish of chicken deep fried in oil. Many different establishments serve this dish but one particular…

Visit these Top 3 Attractions in Usuki, Japan’s Former Castle Town

Japan’s former castle town, Usuki (臼杵), is one of the off-the-beaten-track areas offering tourists a chance to see some of old Japan. Usuki is located on the east coast of Oita Prefecture (大分県) in Kyushu (九州). There are so many places to visit in Usuki and these retain the beauty of the old castle town.…

Visiting Kyushu? Don’t Miss These 4 Locations in Oita Prefecture!

If you love hot springs (温泉) and beautiful scenery in Japan, Oita Prefecture (大分県) is the place to be. It is located on the eastern side of Kyushu (九州), which is a perfect spot to see and experience the earth’s powerful force beneath our feet. Japan is known for being located on the Ring of…

Enjoy Japanese Hot Springs at These 3 Inns in the Resort Town of Yufuin

Staying in Japan is never complete without soaking in an “onsen (温泉)” or a Japanese hot spring. For hundreds of years, the Japanese people have enjoyed this activity mainly for socializing and its health benefits. It is considered as one of the great ways to enjoy the Japanese culture in the country. There are so…

Make Your Own Perfume at the Oita Fragrance Museum in Beppu, Japan!

During a visit to the museum, we tend to rely on our senses of sight, hearing, and touch to absorb the information presented and admire exhibits on display. However, do you know that there is this unusual museum in Oita Prefecture which has exhibits that can only be appreciated with your sense of smell? Join…

Bathing In Sand?! This Beach Sand Bath in Beppu Has All the Benefits of an Onsen!

Japan is well-known for its onsen (hot springs), but did you know that you could experience the same benefits without getting yourself wet? Japan offers you another outdoor spa experience that will keep you coming back for more! Imagine lying comfortably on your back while being slow-baked as a man with a shovel covers you…

How Did a University with 3,000 International Students Cope with the Kyushu Earthquakes?

※The content in this article has been translated from this interview by Nikkei Business Online On April 14th, 2016, an earthquake struck the center of Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu and the surrounding area. In Kumamoto, the deaths of over 40 people have been reported, Aso Ohashi has collapsed and damages to various places have arisen.…

Experience the Mysterious Wonders of Lotus Cuisine at Kyozen Usami Restaurant

In many Asian cultures and Buddhism, lotus (蓮 or ‘hasu’ in Japanese) has long been admired for its divine and pure beauty blooming out of impure muddy waters. Almost all parts of a lotus plant, ranging from its grains, seeds, to its petals, have a variety of uses in our daily lives; one of which…

5 Places You Can’t Miss in Beppu City

The archipelago of Japan consists of four main islands, besides hundreds of smaller ones. Beppu is located on Kyushu, the southernmost main island. The small city is famous for its onsen (hot springs), as there are 8 geothermal hot spots below the city there are many of them. Every year, mostly local and some international…

The Hell Tour: Experience Japanese Hot Springs in a New Way!

Beppu is one of the cities well-known for hot springs in Japan. They say that one must not visit that place without taking a dip into the natural onsen available almost everywhere from small establishments to hotels. But for the fainthearted who are afraid of stripping off their clothes, especially the foreigners, Kannawa offers an…
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