Oita City Location Office

Overview of Oita City


Located close to the center of Oita prefecture on Kyushu island (westJapan), Oita city is a nucleus city with a population of about 470,000.
Ono River flows through the eastern part of the city while Oita River flows through its west. Surrounded by lush, green hills, Oita City faces the Seto Inland Sea and Beppu Bay on the north. The Mt. Takasaki area where snow monkeys live and Takashima Island area located in the Hoyo Channel have been designated as Setonaikai National Parks.

Oita belongs to the Seto Inland Climate Zone and has a moderate climate with little rain. It is thus perfect for location shooting. The city flourished for many long years as a key point for sea traffic passing through the Seto Inland Sea and has assumed the role of prefectural capital for the past 1,300 years; the town is thus steeped in history. Streets that have been redeveloped—including the local shopping streets—overflow with vitality, and the charm of Oita’s people can be felt in the air.

Overview of Oita City’s Climate

*Meteorological Data as of 2012 (Source: Website of the Japan Meteorological Agency)

Average temp Max temp Min temp Average relative humidity Precipitation Number of days with precipitation of 1mm and above Sunshine duration Sunrise* Sunset*
Month °C °C °C mm Day Hour Time Time
Jan 5.8 12.2 -2.1 59 28.0 2 140.7 7:17 17:17
Feb 5.4 17.2 -3.6 64 147.0 12 107.7 7:10 17:44
Mar 10.1 23.9 -0.1 62 101.5 9 171.4 6:42 18:10
Apr 15.2 25.4 2.8 63 129.0 10 208.7 6:01 18:34
May 19.2 30.2 11.2 66 92.5 8 178.3 5:26 18:56
Jun 21.9 29.3 16.0 79 630.5 17 92.2 5:05 19:18
Jul 26.8 35.0 18.9 76 516.5 16 177.4 5:08 19:27
Aug 27.7 35.2 23.3 75 191.0 15 161.9 5:26 19:13
Sep 24.3 32.5 15.3 72 234.0 15 168.3 5:48 18:38
Oct 18.9 27.5 9.6 64 72.5 4 198.1 6:08 17:58
Nov 12.6 20.9 0.7 62 57.0 9 136.0 6:32 17:22
Dec 7.2 18.4 -1.2 66 64.0 9 120.1 6:59 17:06

Sunrise and sunset times are the respective times for the first day of each month.


Located in the eastern part of Kyushu, Oita City is the capital city of Oita Prefecture and is well-connected to different areas in Japan. There are a number of direct flights to Tokyo and Osaka from Oita Airport every day. It is a two-hour ride by express train from Fukuoka, the main gateway of Kyushu, and many ferry lines connect it to other major areas in Japan. It is convenient to travel from Oita Airport to Oita City on the hovercraft ferry—one of the few passenger boats in the world.

From Tokyo/Nagoya/Osaka to Oita City By Airplane

From Osaka/Kobe to Oita City By Ferry

From Fukuoka/Kitakyushu to Oita City

Access from Oita City By Car

Beppu City/20min
Yufu City(Yufuin)/1hr
Kumamoto City/3hr
Saga City/3hr
Nagasaki City/4hr
Miyazaki City/4hr
Kagoshima City/5hr

From Overseas

Please visit these sites for more information.
Fukuoka City Sightseeing Navigation Station “Yoka-Navi” Access to Kyushu Destination: OITA

Please visit these sites for details regarding the operating status of each transportation facility.
JAL | ANA | KALOita Airport
JR Kyushu
[Jet Ferry]
Beetle(JR Kyushu Jet Ferry)

Event Information

Oita City Tourist Association

Overview of the Project

What is the“Oita City Location Office” ?

It is a non-profit organization that provides support for film shooting, making of television programs and commercials, etc. in Oita City and helps to ensure that such activities proceed smoothly.

Purpose of Establishment

Oita City is equipped with various elements that make it a suitable stage for location shooting for movies and dramas. It boasts an abundance of nature such as seas and mountains, as well as a rich and unique traditional culture nurtured through its long history. “Oita City Location Office” was established in April 2006 to help develop an attractive city that effectively utilizes the unique culture and the natural environment. At the same time, the city hopes to increase the amount of interaction among people, to promote local revitalization, and to boost the city’s reputation by providing attractive locations and sending out visual information.

Support Activities

Oita City Location Office provides various services related to image production, such as the making of movies, television programs, and commercials.

  • Oita City Location Office offers consultation services related to the production of movies, television programs, etc.
  • Oita City Location Office introduces locations matching the image of your film.
  • The staff from Oita City Location Office accompanies you and provides guidance during your hunt for locations and scenes.
  • Oita City Location Office provides support by taking care of the paperwork needed to obtain the necessary approval in order to make use of public facilities or roads for location shooting.
  • Oita City Location Office introduces you to companies that provide the secondary services needed during location shooting, such as accommodation, transport, and catering.
  • Oita City Location Office provides support in negotiating with, or in requesting cooperation from, the relevant parties at the location.
  • Oita City Location Office arranges for and recruits extras.

A Member of AFCI and AFCNet

Oita City Location Office is a member of AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International) and AFCNet (Asian Film Commissions Network); the latter is a network that helps to facilitate filming activities and to strengthen cooperative ties in the Asian region.

Locations in Oita City



The natural environment of Oita expresses itself in a rich multitude of ways—the coastline with its variety of bays and beaches, the leisurely passing of time like slowly meandering rivers, and the land that is bathed in a range of attractive colors every season.


A large number of historical artifacts can still be found in Oita City today, such as traditional Japanese-style buildings from the past, modern Western-style architecture, and ruins that bring to mind ancient time.


There are many places for leisure and recreation in Oita City. You will be able to find the right atmosphere to match any scenes you have in mind—from relaxing scenes to exciting ones.

Daily life

The real face of the city—the warmth and sincerity of people living in Oita City is revealed here.


This section introduces the locations that do not belong to any of the categories above, such as scenery and structures that are symbolic of Oita.