[:en]This promotional movie introduces carbonated spring at Nagayu-onsen where is one of the hot springs places in Oita Prefecture. The carbonated spring at Nagayu-onsen is said that “The world’s leading carbonated spring” and “One of the best carbonated spring in Japan”. The carbonated water pops on skin and the interesting feeling makes us feel good!



Dr. Takeyuki Matsuo who studied balneotherapeutics in Germany said about the carbonated spring that both drinking and bathing works for health and it’s a medicine for the heart, stomach and blood.” You can’t miss the carbonated spring when visiting Taketa City!


Access to Taketa City

Arriving by airplane:

Approximately 1h 30mins from Haneda airport to Oita airport. About an 1hour bus ride from Oita airport to Oita Station. About 1hr 15mins from Oita Station to Bungo-Taketa Station by JR Hohi Honsen Line.

Arriving by train:

Approximately 4hrs 45mins from Tokyo station to Kokura station by JR Tokaido bullet train. About 1hr 30 mins from Kokura station to Oita Station by JR Kagoshima Honsen Line. About 1hr 15mins from Oita Station to Bungo-Taketa Station by JR Hohi Honsen Line.


“Present” and “Past” creates the artistic castle town, Taketa City

Oka Castle Ruins

Taketa City is located in the center of Kyushu Region and southwestern Oita Prefecture, and is blessed place with nature such as hot springs surrounded by beautiful mountains. There still the same old townscape as the Edo Period remains in Taketa City where was flourished as the center of politics, economy and culture in Oku-Bungo Region. Oka Castle Ruins is one of the must-see places where inspired a song called “Kojo no Tsuki” by Rentaro Taki, the Japanese composor. There is no building there but the stone wall covered in moss tells us the long history.

In recent years, the locals of Taketa City has been trying to make a retro townscape with renovated old houses. A lot of creators has moved in the retro castle town and they make new culture mixed with history, traditional handcrafts and modern arts. Those newly created art crafts are popular for souvenirs.


“Atama (head) cuisine”, the traditional local dish of Taketa City


Taketa City is surrounded by mountains and has no sea. So seafood was very precious long time ago and people created “Atama cuisine” to try not to waste fish in the Edo Period. Usually large white fish is used for Atama cuisine because small fish is easy to get bad. Atama cuisine is boiling every part of fish such as lips, organs, gills and so on and then icing them with vinegar or citrus juice and chopped green onions and grated radish to eat. You can enjoy the different flavor and texture of each part.


Taketa City, the town of art which is created with old good things and new era.


Oita Prefecture official tourism information site