Oita Prefecture


Main City: Oita

Population: 1,167,000 people, ranking 33/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 6,339 km2 [2]

Geographical / Landscape description

Oita Prefecture is on the north-eastern section of the island of Kyushu. With many mountains, 70% of Oita is covered by forests, and the rivers and streams that flow from the mountain ranges give the prefecture rich water sources. Thanks to the Kirishima Range, a volcanic belt that runs vertically through the prefecture, Oita is the prefecture with the largest number of hot springs in the whole country (4538). [2]


With a mild overall climate, the prefecture registers very little snowfall except in the mountainous areas. [2]

Time zone

GMT +7 in summer (+8 in winter)

International dialling code: 0081

Recent history, culture

Oita inhabitants have been close to hot springs from ancient time. The oldest report about local hot and mineral springs is the Bungo Fudoki (Oita Regional Topography) which was edited during the Nara Era (710-794). It is no surprise then that even today the culture of relaxing in a volcanic spring is one of the most praised activities for both locals and visitors. [2]

More chapters:

  • Economic overview
  • Infrastructure
  • Major types of economic activities
  • Opportunities for EU Investors / Exporters / Importers
  • Setting up a business in the prefecture
  • Other contacts