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The town of Hita in Oita Prefecture is dotted with small but rich spots
that visitors can enjoy, such as history, nature, culture, and bases for exchange.

Appreciate Hita, the navel of Kyushu, by going around these many spots!

Discover Hita

Interact with the locals in Bajio

Café & bar “bajio” is a perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee or a house cocktail, and you can even taste local ingredients and exchange information. Feel a vintage European style, which is the image of this interior, and enjoy Hita for a while, while drinking local alcohol with the residents.


14-7 Mamedamachi, Hita Town, Oita Prefecture

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[Monday-Tuesday / Thursday-Saturday]
11h00-16h00 20h00-24h00
[Sunday / holidays]
11: 00-24: 00

Regular leave

(Plus other private holidays)

Watch a wonderful movie, feel the emotions, and interact
Hita Cinematheque Liberté

The small free cinema room “Hita Cinematheque Liberté” also hosts musical lives, or live paintings by artists who adapt perfectly to cinemas, both famous and unknown. In the space that also serves as a cinema waiting room, there is a cafe area like a lounge where you can organize workshops and concerts, and you can enjoy various exchanges depending on the event. In addition, experience Hita leisurely as you visit the historic town of Mameda and places where nature is rich, such as the Mikuma River.


2-6-25 Sanbonmatsu, Hita Town, Oita Prefecture
Hita Astro Bowl 2F

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* Closing time may change depending on events.

Stroll through the historic town of Mameda

Located in Hita, Oita prefecture, almost in the middle of Kyushu. Mamedamachi, the center of the city of Hita, flourished as a walled city under the direct control of the shogunate during the Edo period, and it is an area where many ancient buildings and cityscapes still recall this era. The inhabitants live here and run shops; it is a neighborhood where you can feel everyday life. In this district, there are many buildings with shops on the ground floor and residences upstairs, just like Suikomareso.


The Mikuma river
The Chikugo River, whose water source is Mount Aso, is a river with a channel length of 143 km and a basin of approximately 2,860 square kilometers. It has the largest expanse in the Kyushu region. The upstream of the river which flows into the Ariake Sea from east to west in the northern part of the Kyushu region is called the “Mikuma River” and is known for its abundant water called “Suikyou Hita”. Inns with hot springs are lined up along the river, and you can enjoy a banquet on a boat (houseboat) or a scenic meal while watching the cormorant fishing that takes place in the summer. In addition, various events are organized, and a magnificent fireworks display is launched every May during the “Opening River Tourism Festival”, and many bamboo lights illuminate the surface of the river at the “Sennen Akari ” festival in November.
The ‘Jion’ waterfall
Located on the west side of Kusu town, “Jion-no-taki” (Jion waterfall) is located on the border between Amagase, Hita and Kusu, and is a two-level waterfall with a total height of about 30m, with an upper floor of 20m and a lower floor of 10m. Also, because you can pass behind the waterfall, it is also called “Urami no Taki” (Upside Down Waterfall), and the waterfall which is lit up at night shows a different side than it does during the day. They say it’s good luck to go around the waterfall clockwise. Also, the legend of the Great Snake remains … The upper floor is surrounded by docks on both sides and is located at the back, so it is a waterfall with a great view that can only be seen from the front.
* Due to heavy rains in July 2020, the back of the waterfall cannot be crossed at this time.

A starting point for traveling to Kyushu

The Hita Basin is in the middle of northern Kyushu and is blessed with nature and water between Mt. Aso and Mt. Hiko. Since the land pattern is such that the waterways and land routes that connect to various areas of Kyushu overlap, the history of the base where information and logistics are exchanged is deep from ancient times.

Very famous and old treasures of ancient times were found nearby. It is a land that continues to play an important role in Kyushu in each subsequent era and has a connection with the central government of the era.

Since the Toyotomi era (circa 1582-1598) it has been under the direct control of the central government, and during the Edo period it became a place controlled by the shogun (that is called Tenryo = 天領) and was the center of politics, culture, and economy in Kyushu. There was a daikanjo (Edo-period prefectural governor’s place) and a jinya (military camp) on the other side of the river in front of Suikomareso, and Mamedamachi was under their protection, and it was allowed to run a financial business for the daimyo (prefectural governor) of Kyushu. Thanks to that, the townspeople’s culture, such as the activities of the wealthy merchants of the shogunate, the money changers, and the traffic of literary and ink customers became rich, and the town gained prosperity.

It is a very interesting place with gold mine filled mountains, lake-like rivers and mysterious fog appearing on the sides of the mountains.

Traveling to Kyushu from Hita