This area has rich in nature, with farms making use of the Kuju Mountains and plateau, and you can enjoy outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and camping in. In addition, the city of Taketa has many hot springs famous for their carbonated baths such as the Lamune Hot Springs, which is attracting popularity among hot springs lovers across the country.
Since the city of Hita city was made an imperial territory directly controlled by the government of the shogun in the Edo period (1603-1868), old townscapes with fine merchant shops remain in the area called Mameda-machi. Besides that, there is the pottery producing place called Ontayaki whose value has been widely recognized by Sosetu Yanagi and Bernard Leach. In the Ontayaki Pottery Village about 10 studios continue to produce pottery in this environment rich in nature.
It is convenient to have a car for getting around this area. There are sightseeing spots like Mameda-machi which are within walking distance of the railway station. It takes about 2 hours to get from Oita Station to Hita Station, the nearest station to Hita City. The region is very large so please check where you want to go and the plan your route beforehand. You can fly from Tokyo to Oita airport then take a bus or rental car. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get from Haneda airport in Tokyo to Oita airport.
Tourism information: Hita / Takeda
Map: Hita / Takeda