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Sobo, Katamuki and Okue Biosphere Reserve Oita area Model course

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The Mt. Sobo, Mt. Katamuki and Mt. Okue mountain region that spans from Oita to Miyazaki is full of beautiful natural wonders such as steep mountain peaks, countless valleys and much more. The area is well known as a treasure trove for rare species of flora and fauna.The region has been formally designated the Sobo, Katamuki and Okue Biosphere Reserve from June 2017, and has since served as a platform for activities that promote the symbiosis between the natural and human world.

Oita Area Tour(Taketa & Bungo-ono)Day Trip Itinerary Sample (Time required 5 hours)

Start : JR Asaji Station

↓(10min drive)

[Fukoji Temple](Asaji, Bungoono)

The Magaibutsu Buddhist reliefs in the grounds of the Fukoji Temple stand 8m and 11m in height respectively, and are the largest of their kind in Japan alongside the Kumano Magaibutsu in Kunisaki Peninsula. While many Magaibutsu reliefs in Bungo-ono are carved from rocks formed by pyroclastic flow produced by Mt. Aso’s fourth major eruption 90,000 years ago, the Magaibutsu at Fukoji Temple are made of the same material formed from the third major eruption that occurred 12,000 in the past.

↓(10 min drive)

[Rigaku No Sato Densho TaikenKan Museum ] (Ogata, Bungo ono)
http://okubungo.com/index.html

Ogata in Bungo-ono city has long flourished as a famous rice-producing town. Numerous forms of traditional art and daily-life culture were born and nurtured by local farming households, many of which are still practiced to date. The local storehouse-styled museum, with its white walls, is a refurbished building that was previous a brewery for the famous sake Nihonbare.

(Adjacent)

[The Vege Cafe Ms.](Ogata, Bungo ono)
http://okubungo.com/cafe/index.html

The café offers a lunch menu with a hearty amount of vegetables grown in the Sobo-Katamuki mountain range.

↓(15 min drive)

[Harajiri Falls ](Ogata, Bungo ono)

The Harajiri Falls, around 20m in height and 120m in width, sits at the Ogata River that is part of the Ono River. Following the fourth major volcanic eruption from Mt. Aso approximately 90,000 years ago, the masses of ignimbrite that were formed from pyroclastic flow eventually collapsed to form the waterfall. Every year at the Ninomiya Hachiman Shrine’s Kawagoshi Festival, a mikoshi palanquin is carried around the torii gate situated upstream.

↓(10min drive)

[Oka Castle Ruin](Taketa)

A former natural fortress that took advantage of the water that flows from Kobaru Valley, the dry-stone wall castle was built in 1594 by Nakagawa Hideshige, the first daimyo of the Oka domain who entered the region under the orders of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. From the parking lot, climb the steep castle road to visit the government hall that lies within the castle ruins, the Ni-no-maru (second citadel) and the San-no-maru (third citadel). The shortest course takes around 30 minutes in total. Upon entering the main citadel Honmaru, enjoy the sweeping view that encaptures Mt. Sobo, Mt. Kuju and Mt. Aso. A statue of Taki Rentaro, the famous music composer who wrote the Meiji period classic Kojo no Tsuki, can be found at Ni-no-maru. It’s worth mentioning that the statue was crafted at the hands of the equally distinguished sculptor Asakura Fumio.

↓(10min drive)

Finish : BungoTaketa Station

Oita Area Tour(Saiki, Taketa & Bungo-ono)2Days 1night Trip Itinerary Sample

Start: Miemachi Station

↓(25min drive)

[Michi no eki Ume] (Ume, Saiki)

Situated on one end of the Utagenka Bridge at the Kitagawa Dam Lake, the roadside rest station is one of the base facilities for Biosphere Reserve tours. A PR corner is expected to open on site in October 2019. While looking over Kitagawa Dam Lake and Utagenka Bridge, one can also enjoy the restaurant, café and stalls in the area. The hot item on the menu is the chicken karaage, a delicacy that has been the topic of conversation all over Kyushu.

↓(30min drive)

[Fujigawachi Valley] (Ume, Saiki)

The valley extends from Mt. Natsuki in the Sobo-Katamuki Quasi-National Park, an area lush with native forests that sits on the borders of Oita and Miyazaki. The flowing brook and a lone granite monolith create a scenery that is aesthetically pleasing in form. Additional attractions include the 77m tall Kannon Falls, numerous glacial potholes and the Hyotan Pond with its crystal waters, all of which can be seen by taking the walking trail. To enjoy canyoning in the area, be sure to visit in summertime.

↓(25min drive)

[Takatoriya Shrine](Ume,Saiki)

The shrine lies in the remnant native forest on the peak of Mt Takatoriya (altitude 639m), a natural monument designated by the Prefecture. The shrine’s grounds are partially comprised of state-owned forest. While some of the trees are older than 100 years, the forest and shrine blend in harmoniously as one, giving the scenery a sense of awe-inspiring beauty.

↓(35min drive)

[Lodge Kiyokawa] (Kiyokawa, Bungo ono)
http://www.pref.oita.jphttp://satonotabi.jp/lodge kiyokawa/

An accommodation facility situated on Mt. Sobo, one of the famed One Hundred Mountains of Japan. Frolic in the emerald green waters of the running streams or barbecue along its shores. The mushroom tree-shaped houses are popular among visitors.

↓(15min drive)

[Harajiri Falls] (Ogata, Bungo ono)

The Harajiri Falls, around 20m in height and 120m in width, sits at the Ogata River that is part of the Ono River. Following the fourth major volcanic eruption from Mt. Aso approximately 90,000 years ago, the masses of ignimbrite that were formed from pyroclastic flow eventually collapsed to form the waterfall. Every year at the Ninomiya Hachiman Shrine’s Kawagoshi Festival, a mikoshi palanquin is carried around the torii gate situated upstream.

↓(35min drive)

[Kobaru Trek](Mountain trail starting point) (Kobaru,Taketa)

The starting point for climbing Mt. Sobo from its northern foot.
Make the most of the ascension towards the peak by observing rare species of plants such as the Akebono azalea and the Angelica ubatakensis. Besides mountain climbing trails, there are also multiple trekking courses available. Joining tours run by local guides is another way to enjoy the area.

↓(10min drive)

[Oka Castle Ruin] (Taketa)

A former natural fortress that took advantage of the water that flows from Kobaru Valley, the dry-stone wall castle was built in 1594 by Nakagawa Hideshige, the first daimyo of the Oka domain who entered the region under the orders of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. From the parking lot, climb the steep castle road to visit the government hall that lies in the castle ruins, the Ni-no-maru (second citadel) and the San-no-maru (third citadel). The shortest course takes around 30 minutes in total. Upon entering the main citadel Honmaru, gaze upon a sweeping view that encaptures Mt. Sobo, Mt. Kuju and Mt. Aso. A statue of Taki Rentaro, the famous music composer who wrote the Meiji period classic Kojo no Tsuki, can be found at Ni-no-maru. It’s worth mentioning that the statue was crafted at the hands of the equally distinguished sculptor Asakura Fumio.

↓(10min drive)

Finish: BungoTaketa Station

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