Beppu onsen(hot springs) (Copyright)Tourism Oita
Bungo-beef (Copyright)Tourism Oita
dome-shaped stadium that has a roof that can be opened and closed (Copyright)Oita Prefecture
large multipurpose gymnasiums that can be used for many sports competitions (Copyright)Beppu City
cross country courses located in areas of high elevation (Copyright)Taketa City Association of track and field
Oita Prefecture is located in the north-east of Kyushu, an island known as “The Gateway to Asia.”
Oita Prefecture, which boasts onsen (hot springs) that are famed throughout Japan (such as the onsen in Beppu, Yufuin and so on), is Japan’s best hot spring spot in terms of the number of onsen and the quantity of hot spring water produced. It is therefore known as “The Onsen Prefecture.”
Oita Prefecture is blessed with rich nature and boasts abundant delicacies from both land and sea. From seki-saba and seki-aji mackerel (a national brand), to the abundant iki-buri (fresh yellow-tail), usuki blowfish, shiroshita karei (flat fish), bungo beef and shiitake mushrooms, Oita is truly a treasure trove of delicious flavors.
There are 3,200 international students from 80 countries and regions across the globe studying in Oita Prefecture (2014). These foreign students, who have outstanding linguistic abilities and an excellent, internationalized way of thinking, study in Oita, and also take part in many activities here. These activities include interpreting for international events held in Oita Prefecture or interpreting for prefectural enterprises that are engaged in overseas business.
Oita Prefecture has athletic facilities that can cater to a variety of practice schedules. Facilities include a dome-shaped stadium that can be used for athletic and track events which has a roof that can be opened and closed, large multipurpose gymnasiums that can be used for many sports competitions, and cross country courses located in areas of high elevation. During the 2002 Korea Japan FIFA World Cup, Oita hosted the Senegal v. Sweden match during the first round of the knock-out stages. Oita also hosted two group stage matches. At that time, the national teams of Cameroon and Tunisia held training camps in Oita.