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Travellers to this part of Oita will be rubbing shoulders with approximately 450,000 local residents.
It sits roughly 14 miles south of Kitsuki and about 490 miles southwest of the national capital of Tokyo.
Kijima Kogen Park and Beppu Rakutenchi are wonderful places to take some quality time with the children. If you're on the lookout for even more family fun, head onwards to the Oga Farm and Harmony Land.
Meet some of the ocean's most colourful residents in the meticulously recreated marine habitats of Umitamago.
Your kids will have a ball seeing the big and the small creatures at the Takasakiyama Zoo. Be sure to ask the staff about zookeeper presentations and where to find the zoo's rarer specimens.
When the sun is shining, grab some lunch and head out to one of the area's pleasant urban parks, such as Fumio Asakura Memorial and Uenogaoka Bochi Park. There's also plenty of room to relax at Oita Castle Ruin Park and Peace Citizen Park.
Admire the gorgeous landscape while you listen to the echo of tumbling water at Kannon Fall.
Kinrin Lake and Kagurame Lake are popular for scenic walks and wildlife spotting.
Turn off your phone and have a break from the stresses of the modern world at Blood Pond Hell Hot Springs and Boiling Hell Hot Springs. Nature enthusiasts will also enjoy Demon Mountain Hell Hot Springs and Geyser Hell Hot Springs.
The area's exhibition spaces are brimming with intriguing facts and stories. The Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Centre and the Yufuin Trickart Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to keep you captivated. The Oita Fragrance Museum and Yamako Usui Art Museum are also worth a visit.
Featuring a wide range of scientific artifacts and displays, Sekizaki Observatory is worth stopping at.
Want to check out some art? You'll find galleries of all sizes here. Revel in the cool atmosphere at the Oita City Art Museum and the Nikaido Museum of Art. If you can fit them in, the Sueda Art Gallery and the Oita Prefectural Art Centre are also well worth a look.
Discover the region's past with a trip to the Iwayaji Stone Budda or the Oita Motomachi Stone Buddha, just a couple of the interesting historic sites here. When it comes to bygone times, the stories are countless. The Kamezuka Ancient Tomb and the Kumano Magaibutsu are two more insightful places to check out.
Would you like to explore a place that looks like it's right out of a fairy tale? Set aside some time to see the area's awesome castles. Inspect the stone walls, towers and gates at Funai Castle, Kitsuki Castle or Hiji Castle.
Experience the region's spiritual side and enjoy some quiet contemplation at the Bussanji Temple and the Isshinji Temple. Sasamuta Shrine and the Ryugenji Temple are also recommended sacred sites.
A site for contemplation that serves as a monument to the past, B-Con Plaza, Global Tower is well worth a visit.
If you are after souvenirs, treats or fashion, make a beeline for one of the many markets or shopping centers and hunt down a bargain. Some of the most exciting places to visit are JR Oita City, Asaji Road Station and Kiyokawa Road Station.
Among the best courses for a game of golf in this region is the Yufuin Country Club.
Travellers searching for something a bit different should also check out the Kintetsu Beppu Ropeway.
At this point, there aren't many accommodation options listed on our Oita hotels guide, so be sure to plan ahead if you have somewhere specific in mind.
This family-friendly Beppu hotel is located in the suburbs, steps away from Ryukyu Islands, Kankaiji Onsen and Takasakiyama Monkey Park. B-Con Plaza, Global Tower and Jigokumushikobo Kannawa are also within 32 miles (52 km).
Located in Yufuin Onsen, this ryokan is steps away from Ryukyu Islands and Kyushu Yufuin Folk Village.
Located in Yufuin Onsen, this ryokan is steps away from Ryukyu Islands and Yufuin Trick Art Meikyukan Museum.
Situated in Oita, this hotel is steps away from Ryukyu Islands and JR Oita City. Yuho Park and Oita Castle Ruin Park are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Oita, this hotel is steps away from Ryukyu Islands and Oita Prefectural Art Center. JR Oita City and Yuho Park are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Yufuin Onsen, this ryokan is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ryukyu Islands.