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!
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
[Monday-Tuesday / Thursday-Saturday]
[Sunday / holidays]
11: 00-24: 00
(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
* 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.
* 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