A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities
|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|
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.
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.