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Prefecture/City: Oita Prefecture
Capital/Prefecture: Oita City
Governor/Mayor: Katsusada Hirose
Area: 6,340 square km (2,448 square miles)
Population: 1.18 million as of October 2013
Flower: Bungo Japanese apricot
Tree: Bungo Japanese apricot
Bird: Japanese white-eye
Business & Industry:

The prefecture encourages the auto industry, developing a cluster of car-making factories and related companies with local government support. Also, with the Kuju mountain ranges, a line of volcanoes, the geothermal power business is active in the prefecture, producing Japan’s largest amount of renewable energy.

Tourism & Culture:

As there are several active volcanoes in the prefecture, Oita produces Japan’s largest volume of onsen hot-spring water from more than 4,500 wells. Also, trekking lovers from beginners to veterans can experience Mother Nature throughout all four seasons in the Kuju mountains.

Famous for:

Beppu and Yufuin, two of Japan’s most renowned onsen areas, give visitors a sense of Japan in olden times with nostalgic scenes of narrow alleys and stoned pavements.