Oike Spring

Gushing from the foothills of Mt. Kurodake, this spring is noted as one of Japanese 100 famous waters.
The water maintains a steady 12.6°C year round and outputs 14 metric tons of water per minutes ? around 20,000 metric tons a day.
Close by is Mt. Kurodake’s virgin forest. The pathways and such are being maintained, so it’s ideal for trekking or a stroll through the woods.
You must pay a 100 yen cleaning cooperation fee if you wish to enter.
Access: 40 minutes by car from JR Tenjinyama Station.

Mt. Kurodake

Situated in Aso-Kuju National Park, spread between Shonai-cho in Yufu City and Kuju-machi in Taketa City, with a height of 1,587 m.
Mt. Kurodake is famous as the only mountain in the Kuju range to be entirely covered in virgin forest.
It takes 3 to 4 hours to reach the summit.
In addition to serious mountain climbing, you can enjoy a light 1 hour round-trip trek through the virgin forest from Oike Spring to Kakushimizu.

Jogahara Autocamping Ground

An autocamping ground on the banks of  Oita-gawa River.
You can get there from Oita City in about 30 minutes by car, and many people visit to be surrounded in the green of nature and swim in the river pools.
Open: March to November
Reservations Accepted: February to November
Reservation Available Hours: February: Weekdays only, 10:00 to 16:00
March to November: Everyday, 9:00 to 17:00

Igo Jinja Shrine

A rare shrine to the god of the board game Go.
Although small, this shrine is surrounded in nature and full of charm.

Mt. Hanamure

The summit of Mt. Hanamure, to the immediate north of Mt. Kurodake, is 1,170 m.
From the Nakamura trailhead in the Asono district, Shonai-cho, along the Nagayu-Shonai-Yunohira City Road it should take around 2 hours to the summit.
In the distance you can see the Oita City area, behind you can see Mt. Kurodate and Mt. Taisenzan. You can get so far along the trial by car, but please take care with parking lot and gate opening and closing times and try not to cause hindrance to the local shepherds.