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Hidden gem in Kyushu: castle ruins viewing a beautiful bay and a spectacular Japanese garden

Area: Oita
  • Adventure & Outdoors
  • Relaxation
  • Romantic
  • Sightseeing
  • Meet the Locals
  • Unique Escapades
  • Local Cuisine & Food
  • Art & Culture

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This ruins of a castle, Yokoku-jo Castle, overlooks a beautiful Beppu Bay. On the former castle grounds are an elementary school and a junior high school, which is rare.

Also, you can visit a former school building which was established by the local government in 1858 and where samurais’ sons used to study.

As you walk along the coast, in about 10 minutes from the castle site, you'll get to an old Japanese mansion which was built by a successful gold mine owner about 100 years ago. You can enjoy a spectacular Japanese garden. Although not many Japanese know about this garden, it is truly worth visiting! You cannot even find this place with Google in English although Japanese Imperial family members and many celebrities have visited here.

Now the mansion has been turned into a Japanese restaurant which offers local cuisine of flounder, caught in the sea near the castle site, which has been well-known for its delicious taste for hundreds of years.




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Recommended length of visit

6 hours

Included in extra fees paid on the spot

A round-trip fare between JR Beppu Station and Yokoku Station is 560 yen.
Admission to Nikaido Museum of Art is 800 yen.
If you rent a bicycle with engine, an additional 500 yen is needed.
There is no charge for walking in and around the site of Yokoku-jo Castle. Admission to facilities, such as the historical museum which are located on the former castle compound, is free of charge.

Not included in extra fees paid on the spot

The garden of Tekizan-so is free of charge and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Set lunch at 3,240 yen at Tekizan-so is available without reservation. However other lunch menus require reservation.

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Recommended length of visit

6 hours

Travel time from nearest major city

This tour starts at a city called Beppu, Japan's largest hot spring resort which is located on the east coast of Kyushu. Here is how to get to Beppu from Tokyo.

By train: it takes about 5 hours from Tokyo to Kokura by bullet train. At Kokura, change to the local express train. It takes about one and a half hours from Kokura to Beppu.

By air: Take a flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Oita Airport. It takes about one and a half hours. There are airport limousine services to Beppu. It takes about 50 minutes.

Recommended starting time

Leave JR Beppu Station at about 9:30 a.m., arrive at JR Yokoku Station a little before 10 a.m., walk around the castle site and gets to Tekizan-so at about 11:30 a.m. for lunch. After that, go to Ninomaru-yakata, where you rent a bicycle at the tourist information center and go to Nikaido Museum of Art. Get back to the tourist center to return the bicycle. Visit the historical museum and walk back to JR Yokoku Station. Get back to JR Beppu Station at about 3:30 p.m.

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If you go to Kyusyu or Beppu, you must go!
Visiting at famous hot spring town Beppu, I extend my journey as far as these places. As neither of my English guidbook or TripAdvisor included these places. I was so happy to find hidden tresures in Japan:) Castle ruins in seaside, wonderful Japanese garden...everything caught my eyes! When you have lunch, I highly recomend you to ask this guide to arrange the lunch unless you can not go enter wonderful Japanese architecture.
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