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Oita Prefecture

Mt. Takasaki (Natural Habitat Zoo Kanzaki)

Wild Japanese monkeys roam freely at Mt. Takasaki and you can observe them up close.

Mt. Takasaki is located at the western end of Oita City bordering Beppu City. Depending on the time of year you can see the monkeys engaged in various activities. During spring the monkeys give birth to their young. Summer is the time to see the monkeys bathe. In autumn is you can watch baby monkeys in a free-for-all trying to get sweet potatoes. In winter watch the monkeys huddle together to keep warm.

Mt. Takasaki is opened from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To get to the observation area, visitors can either walk or take a monorail “Sarukko Rail,” from the ticket office. The fare for the Sarukko Rail is 100 yen for both one way and return.

How to Get There

From JR Oita station take an Oita Kotsu Bus bound for Sekinoe, Kannawa, or Kunisaki to Takasakiyama Shizen Dobutsuen Mae. The ride is about 25 minutes.

The Hells of Beppu (Jikogu Meguri)

The Hells of Beppu refers to eight boiling hot and colorful onsens in the Beppu City. They are too hot to bathe in, but are absolutely beautiful to look at. Each “hell” is special in its own way.

The largest of the eight “hells” is Umi Jigoku or Sea Hell, with its cobalt blue water reminiscent of the South Pacific Ocean. Piping hot mud bubbles up from the Oniishibozu Jigoku, which also has hot spring baths and foot bath. At the Kamado Jigoku or Oven Hell, you can see a statue of the red devil. You can enjoy viewing Chinoike Jigoku, the Blood-Pond Hell, which in keeping with its name is blood-red; due to the red clay it contains which is filled with iron oxide. You should also see the Tatsumaki Jigoku or Watersprout Hell which has one of the largest geysers in Japan.

The Eight Hells of Beppu are opened seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.

How to Get There

Take a bus from Beppu station to Umijigoku Kamenoi, then take a bus #2,5,41 or 43 bound for Kannawa, get off at “Umijigoku-mae”. This takes about 25 minutes. To get to Chinoike-jigoku, it takes 25 minutes, take a Kamenoi bus #26 bound for Kannnawa and get off at “Chinoike-jigoku.”

Special Foods

Dangojiru

Dangojiru is a kind of dumpling made with wheat flour and various vegetables boiled in miso soup. Dangojiru with wild boar is called Sorinjiru, with chicken Yoshinojiru, and with blowfish soup it is called Chojajiru.

Toriten

Toriten, which is deep fried battered chicken with ponzu sauce and mustard, is a signature dish of Oita.