Ōita Prefecture (大分県 Ōita-ken) is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The prefectural capital is the city of Ōita.
Ōita Prefecture is famous for its hot springs, particularly those in and around the city of Beppu, known as the ‘hells’, or jigoku. Many of the ‘hells’ are of tourist interest only and cannot be used as onsen (notably the Blood Pond Hell (reddish water) and the Oniyama Hell). The city’s ryokans and public onsen are amply supplied by the same volcanic source. When Chiba University and Tokyo’s Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies compiled a list of prefectures meeting demands for reusable energy, Oita ranked number one with a 25.2% rate of self-sufficiency through the use of geothermal energy and hot spring heat. Visitors particularly relish the effects of burial in steaming hot volcanic sands.
Beppu offers a wide range of cultural experiences, from an annual international music festival, to the unabashed Hihokan Sex Museum, which nevertheless must follow the law and suspend a glass plate above ancient art with frosted areas censoring the overlarge genital depictions.
The elaborate public aquarium “Umi-tamago” on the shoreline outside Beppu features basketballing sea otters, performing archer fish, and puzzle-solving octopuses, along with more naturalistic displays of freshwater and marine fish from around the world.
Near the marine park, Mount Takasaki Monkey Park rises steeply from the shoreline. Two distinct troupes of wild macaque monkeys make regular visits to the feeding grounds here, which were initially established to entice the monkeys away from raiding the region’s fruit crops, a behaviour that brought them into conflict with farmers. The wild macaques ignore the small crowds that gather at these feeding sessions, and may be observed at close quarters.
Beppu is a busy passenger port with regular ferry links through the inland sea to Osaka and several other destinations.
Other attractions of Ōita Prefecture include the Sanrio theme park Harmonyland.
Ōita’s Mt. Hachimen was home to the popular music festival, Concert on the Rock. This annual charity event saw over 30 international acts performing over a June weekend for the pleasure of Japan’s music lovers. The natural surroundings make it one of the most picturesque rock festivals in the world. The event has since been discontinued.
To help support the local economy and for players to visit quake hit areas and find out how things are going, The creators of Pokémon Go held an event that spawned the Pokémon Snorlax or known in Japan as Kabigon. The event went from March 4 to March 13. A US spokeswoman said that the game event would provide many opportunities for players to come and see the sights. The event follows a similar event that spawned Lapras in the Miyagi Prefecture last November in areas that were severely damaged by the 2011 earthquake. The event also took place in the Kyushu Prefecture.
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