Historical and cultural sites such as Usa-jingu Shrine (a national treasure), Fuki-ji Temple, Usuki Stone Buddhas, and Hita Gion entertainment district attract visitors from Japan and overseas. Why not relax in one of the popular hot springs and sample famous local dishes that are steam cooked in natural hot spring water? Oita’s local gourmet dishes such as chicken tempura, deep-fried chicken, Oita Wagyu beef and fish and chips made from yellowtail fish and shiitake mushrooms go down perfectly with a cold pint of Heineken! Find out more about local attractions in Oita here
One onsen resort representing Oita is Yufuin. Aside from enjoying onsen in this area, you can spend a pleasant time exploring. From Yufuin Station, take a stroll along Yufumi Street, the main thoroughfare of the town, which is flanked on both sides by a wide range of restaurants, craft shops, cafes and sweet shops. It’s also possible to continue on the Yunotsubo Kaido path to Kinrin Lake or explore the several museums scattered around the town. To go to this area, it is advisable to relax and enjoy the countryside scenery by using the famous sightseeing tsuji basha (horse carriages).
Kawakami Yufuin-cho, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture
The closest station is JR Yufuin Station on the Kyudai-Honsen line.
Beppu is famous as an onsen town and at Beppu-Kaihin Sunayu you can enjoy a unique onsen called sunayu. In onsen, guests enter the water baths naked but, at Beppu-Kaihin Sunayu, guests put on a special yukata and lie in warm sand! Don't worry your head is uncovered! When you lie down, the staff will heap warm sand on your body. Then simply relax and look at the sea for 10 minutes as your body gently warms. After taking sunayu, you can clean off the sand with a shower and head to an ordinary onsen to warm up further. Why not try this unusual sand bath?
Takasakiyama Natural Zoo
Takasakiyama Natural Zoo offers visitors the chance to be close to monkeys during feeding time; there are no cages, so visitors can get in touch with nature! At Takasakiyama, which is said to be one of the birthplaces of monkey studies in Japan, there were 1,365 Japanese monkeys inhabiting the area as of 2016. Across Japan, there are several monkey mountains where you can see wild monkeys, but there are not many places you can observe them without cages, so why not pay Takasakiyama Natural Zoo a visit? Sometimes curious baby monkeys here are brave enough to touch you!
3098-1 Kozaki, Oita City, Oita Prefecture
Take the bus bound for Sekinoe, Tetsuwa or Kunisaki at JR Oita Station and get off at the Takasakiyama-Shizendobutsu-koen-mae bus stop.
Set within stunning parkland just outside Oita City, Oita Stadium will host five epic Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019 matches including the quarterfinals of Pools A and B. As the largest RWC 2019 venue on the southern island of Kyushu, Oita will truly rock as rugby fans from throughout Japan and across the world come together to watch some of the biggest names in the world of rugby battle it out on their quest to raise the Webb Ellis cup and be crowned rugby world champions.
1351 Yokoo, Oita City, Oita Prefecture 870-0126
Opening times and stadium information
Free shuttle buses will run from several different locations such as JR Oita Station and Beppu Station. There are no spectator car parking facilities at the stadium, so park-and-ride services will be available. These require advance booking so please ensure you reserve well ahead of your match day. Click here for more details.
Oita Stadium will open three hours before kick-off to allow spectators time to get to their seats as well as enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime RWC 2019 atmosphere. Due to large crowds, spectators may experience delays when entering the stadium, so we recommend you arrive at the stadium at least 90 minutes before kick-off, allowing at least 60 minutes to clear security and access your seat.
Wednesday 2 October 19:15 (JST) New Zealand v Canada
Saturday 5 October 14:15 (JST) Australia v Uruguay
Wednesday 9 October 18:45 (JST) Wales v Fiji
Saturday 19 October 16:15 (JST) QF1: W Pool C v RU Pool D
Sunday 20 October 16:15 (JST) QF3: W Pool D v RU Pool C
Rugby World Cup 2019™ Fanzones
Rugby World Cup 2019TM Fanzones bring together fans from all over the world to celebrate everything that is rugby. Take in the unique culture, entertainment and local food and drink of each host city while watching matches live on the big screen and enjoying one-of-a-kind RWC 2019 events on show. Make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience and make friends with fans from all across the globe!
Getting to Oita Ikoi no Michi Square Fanzone
5-minute walk from Oita Station south entrance
With a large screen, children’s rugby corner and cultural entertainment such as traditional Kagura dancing and Taiko Japanese drum show, you’ll have plenty to see and do at Oita's Ikoi no Michi Square Fanzone.
Enjoy culinary delights unique to Oita, including fish and chips made from locally sourced yellowtail and dried shiitake mushrooms, toriten and karaage fried chicken, Hita yakisoba fried noodles and plenty more at the food and drink corner!
20 and 28 September
1–2, 4–5, 8–9, 13, 18–20 and 26–27 October
For more information, please visit rugbyworldcup.com/fanzones
App and call centre:
Download Oita City’s app, O!TA, where you can learn about local attractions and highlights, culture, local cuisine, shopping and entertainment. Download the app here
Oita city contact number:
For queries about Oita please contact
0570-200-165 (within Japan)
+81-3-6743-2788 (outside Japan)
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit rugbyworldcup.com/fanzones
Getting to and from Oita Stadium
- Transport is expected to be busy, particularly trains pre- and post-match that connect Oita to Fukuoka, Kitakyushu and beyond. If you are travelling from these cities or further away, consider flying into Oita Airport and staying locally or leaving extra time for your train. We recommend looking for accommodation within Oita City and elsewhere in Oita Prefecture such as Beppu City, Yufu City (Yufuin), Hita City, and Nakatsu City. Book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.
- The park and ride and shuttle bus services to the stadium are free of charge. Shuttle bus services will begin four hours before kick-off and end two hours after each match.
- Public transportation is expected to be extremely busy during the tournament. We urge spectators to arrive in Oita as early as possible before the match. Similarly, please make your way to Oita or Beppu Stations as soon as possible after the match if you intend on travelling on from there. Allow plenty of time to get your transport and do not wait until the last service.
- There are no drop-off or pick-up facilities near the venue except for taxis. If you intend to drive, please use park and ride. Spaces are by reservation only and are limited, so book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- For more information, please visit rubyworldcup.com
- For live transport updates follow us on Twitter at @Japan2019_ENG
There will be plenty of food, drink and entertainment on offer in the stadium that you can enjoy, however, to ensure the safety of spectators, the following items are prohibited from being brought into match venues.
- Weapons of any type, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, cans or bottles, metal containers, long umbrellas, any luggage, selfie sticks, drones, flares, radio wave emitting devices (such as walkie-talkies, wireless microphones,) etc
Please note that there will be no place to leave luggage, either inside or outside match venues.
For more information about prohibited items, please click here