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Nakatsu & Yabakei travel guide


Nakatsu is a small city on the north coast of Oita-prefecture, just east of its

border with Fukuoka-prefecture.

During the Edo Period of Japanese history, Nakatsu was a mid-sized domain,

and the town itself has recently expanded to include outlying towns and districts

and now comprises almost 500 square kilometers with a population of almost 85,000.


Exploring Nakatsu 


Nakatsu Castle

The castle was built in 1588 on the estuary of Nakatsu river.



Goganji Temple

The temple called Akakabe Dera literally means red wall.



Exploring Yabakei



The approximately 1 km high monolithic rockey mountain.




The tunnel built by a monk Zenkai in Edo period, spending 30 years.



Rakanji Temple

A historic temple built on the top of the mountain in 645​.




Called Hitomi Hakkei, the scenic spot.




Maple Yaba Cycling Road

Cycling road built on the site of the old Yabakei Railroad.






General information 

Address City hall : 14-3 Toyoda-machi, Nakatsu-city, Oita-prefecture

60 minutes by a vehicle from JR Beppu

60 minutes by a vehicle from Yufuin

40 minutes by a vehicle from Bungo-takada-city

40 minutes by a vehicle from Usa-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

Population 83,000   population density 170


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