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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Oita, Japan

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Oita, Japan

Oita is the capital city of Oita Prefecture, located on Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu. With a population of just under half a million people, Oita has the charm of a small city while still having a ton of fun things to do and see. There’s a lot to explore in this part of the world, with neighbouring tourist towns of Beppu and Yufu also attracting many Japanese and international visitors. If you’re seeking a laid-back and relaxed cultural experience, Oita is the destination for you. This Oita, Japan guide will be your ultimate guide to the city and region’s top attractions and activities. If you’re curious about what there is to do in Oita or you’re planning an upcoming trip, keep reading to find out everything you’ll need to know. This ultimate travel guide to Oita will show you all the most beautiful places in Oita, what to expect…
3 days in Oita Prefecture + a stop in Tokyo

3 days in Oita Prefecture + a stop in Tokyo

Japan is such an incredible country, I have been here 3 times now and I can understand how people can spend 4+ weeks in Japan, because there is so much to see!  I will be covering off 2 awesome areas in Japan - Tokyo and Oita. Oita is Pronounced - “OI TA” and is on destination that most people haven’t really heard of in Japan, I hope I can provide a few great suggestions because Oita is not a place to be missed when you travel to Japan.  This is essentially a 4 day Itinerary but we have removed the first and last day for travel days (making it a total of 6 days), you can of course chop and change and remove things that won’t work or don’t interest you. The Tokyo section of this guide can either be used on your first day or your last day Plan…
18 Things to do in Oita, Japan - That People Actually Do!

18 Things to do in Oita, Japan – That People Actually Do!

Oita, Japan is both a city and a prefecture located in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands. Oita is famous for its hot springs, and the area boasts the most amount of onsens in all of Japan. The laid-back culture draws both national and international visitors, so if you’re looking for a calm place to unwind, Oita is your ideal destination. Here are 18 suggestions of things to do in the city of Oita, as well as the greater Oita Prefecture. Plan your trip to Japan Need data for your trip to Japan? We use Tep Wireless which offers unlimited data for $8 per day. Travelling King readers can get 10% off using the discount code TRAVELLINGKING on check out. Want to learn how to travel on a Budget? Check out our dedicated “Budget Conscious Travel Guide” Read more on Japan: 5 day Itinerary for Japan Budget Travel…
Where to stay in Kyoto

Where to stay in Kyoto

Japan’s cultural capital of Kyoto is a must-visit for anyone planning a trip to Japan. Kyoto is second only to Tokyo for the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, and has more pre-war buildings than all other Japanese cities combined, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. While Kyoto may seem quaint, with ancient temples and the geisha district, it’s still a large city with 1.5 million residents. The main attractions are fairly compact, and Kyoto has excellent public transportation options, so getting around is easy. Finding the best place to stay in Kyoto will depend on your budget and travel style, and whether you want a traditional Japanese guest house, or one of the more modern Kyoto hotels. As you decide where to stay in Kyoto Japan, Ryokan, or traditional Japanese style inns, offer a unique cultural experience, and may be easier on the the budget than a luxury hotel.…
Where to stay in Osaka Japan

Where to stay in Osaka Japan

Osaka is a large city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu, its often overshadowed by Japan's capital Tokyo. It's known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. The historic 16th-century Osaka Castle surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry blossom trees is a popular landmark. Osaka is the perfect place for anyone, in particular people who love to shop should head to Shinsaibashi. If you're travelling with family then I would highly recommend checking out Universal Studio Japan, which made me feel like a big kid, running around with a Harry Potter wand in one hand and a glass of Butterbeer, there are plenty of places to visit in Osaka! The subway line in Osaka making getting around super easy (and not to mention cheap!). The hotels in Osaka Japan run from cheap hostels to very expensive 5 star hotels. We…
Where to stay in Oita Prefecture

Where to stay in Oita Prefecture

So you are planning a trip to the onsen capital of Japan and now need to choose where to stay in Oita. While Oita Japan has long been known for the many onsens scattered around the prefecture, the area is also undergoing a makeover to become a destination known for more than just onsen in Japan. Oita will host the Rugby World Cup in October 2019, introducing new travellers to the magic of Oita. The Oita Prefecture also includes nearby Beppu, another onsen town in this part of Japan. Whether you prefer to stay in one of several Oita hotels, or a ryokan in Oita, we can help you find the best area for tourists. We will cover off all types of Oita accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Oita hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Oita, the best Oita hotels, best places in Oita to…
The Best Day Trips from Tokyo

The Best Day Trips from Tokyo

The Japanese capital is an extraordinary place where the old meets the new, high technology mingles with religious tradition, and even the most demanding visitors find new things to do and places to visit every day. What you may not know is that Tokyo is surrounded by lesser known places, much different from the bustling capital, and nevertheless worth exploring! In this guide, we gathered the best day trips from Tokyo that include all from outdoor activities and entertainment to explorations of traditional and modern Japanese culture! Plan your trip to Japan Need data for your trip to Japan? We use Tep Wireless which offers unlimited data for $8 per day. Travelling King readers can get 10% off using the discount code TRAVELLINGKING on check out. Want to learn how to travel on a Budget? Check out our dedicated “Budget Conscious Travel Guide” Read more on Japan: 5 day Itinerary…

An illustrated guide to Kyoto’s best sights

Kyoto is a microcosm of Japanese tradition and history. Forget modern Tokyo's skyscrapers, subway cars stuffed with businessmen, and standing sushi bars for now; this is a city that celebrates where Japan came from. From the lovely wooden architecture and glowing lanterns of Gion, to temples covered in gold leaf, and even in the jaw-dropping colours Kyoto's natural wonders, this city is the heart of Japanese culture. Gion and surrounding area Gion Gion is often the first port of call for visitors to Kyoto. And for good reason - historic Gion is a gorgeous glimpse into an old Japan from another era. Sleepy pedestrian streets of flat stonework link traditional wooden machiya houses and teahouses. Woven straw charms, guardian figurines and gently swaying lanterns adorn doorways, and shrines appear from every corner. This historic old town is probably best known for its active community of geishas and geisha tradition, which…

What to Do on a Visit to Osaka Universal Studios

Osaka Universal Studios is one of the biggest amusements in Japan’s second city. Modelled around the US version of the studios, visiting Osaka Universal Studios is an excellent day out and can provide a truly exciting time. There are a number of hotels at the Universal Studio site, however if you're going to spend any more than a few days in Osaka, it’s often best to stay in the city or surrounding areas. This guide on the best places to stay in Osaka can help you identify where to stay depending on what you intend to do. Either way, if you are going to the studios, here’s a good guide on what we found to work and what we advise you to enjoy if you visit Universal Studios Japan. #1.  Install The Universal Studio Japan App On Your Phone Beforehand The official Universal Studio Japan app is available on both…
Luxury Travel Guide to Tokyo

Luxury Travel Guide to Tokyo

Tokyo is a buzzing metropolis like nowhere else in the world. Its unique cultural identity and cosmopolitan way of life make it a fascinating destination for a luxurious and lavish holiday. The city’s fascinating blend of old and new means you can enjoy a weekend of opulence while gaining knowledge about ancient traditions and cultures. The Japanese respect the finer things in life and are known for their fantastic service and attention to detail. Tokyo will show you just how true that can be, as this capital city boasts many impressive attractions and experiences you won’t soon forget. Ready for the trip of a lifetime? This guide will tell you everything you need to know to have the ultimate luxury experience in Tokyo, Japan. This guide is perfect for those who are travelling to Tokyo on a luxury. We will show you what to do in Tokyo, where to stay,…