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The Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM, 啪p, Ōita Kenritsu Bijutsukan) is an art museum located about 30 minutes away from central Beppu in downtown Oita City. Not to be mistaken with the nearby Oita City Museum, the Oita Prefectural Art Museum was opened in April 2015 in an eye-catching building designed by Japanese architect Ban Shigeru, who is known for his innovative designs that often incorporate structural elements made of cardboard and paper.

The exterior of the building is encased in a wooden facade which resembles woven bamboo handicrafts, and features large glass walls that fold up, blending the indoor and outdoor spaces of the museum. Upon entering the building, visitors are greeted by a large atrium featuring a museum shop and space for large art installations besides the ticket counter.

The art galleries are located on the third floor of the museum and can be accessed via a spacious entryway with a gently curved, wood lattice ceiling. The museum displays a variety of art genres in its temporary exhibitions such as paintings and sculptures, and also branches out into other art genres including poetry and performance art.

The museum's modest permanent exhibition is also located on the third floor and features paintings and other art pieces by artists from Oita with a heavy emphasis on the works of Edo Period painter Tanomura Chikuden and the modern painters Fukuda Heihachiro and Takayama Tasuo.

Getting there and around

The Oita Prefectural Art Museum is a 15 minute walk from Oita Station. Oita Station is a 15 minute train ride from Beppu (15 minutes, 280 yen one way, 1-3 trains per hour, covered by the Japan Rail Pass and Kyushu Rail Pass).

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      Budget-friendly
      250 metres from Beppu Tower, BEPPU HOSTEL U&T is set in Beppu and features a garden and a terrace. The property is close to Beppu Park, B-Con Plaza and Beppu Art Museum. The property is 3.1 km from Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center. The private bathroom is equipped with a bidet. Beppu Rakutenchi is 3.6 km from the guest house. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 39 km from BEPPU HOSTEL U&T.
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    • AMANE resort GAHAMA
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      Situated in Beppu, 1.6 km from Oita Fragrance Museum, AMANE resort GAHAMA features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. The property is set 3.7 km from Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, 3.9 km from Hyotan Onsen and 4 km from Beppu Tower. The accommodation offers a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and family rooms. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. AMANE resort GAHAMA provides some units with pool views, and the rooms come with a terrace. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Jigokumushikobo Kannawa is 4.3 km from AMANE resort GAHAMA, while Yukemori Observatory is 4.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 36 km from the ryokan.
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    • AMANE resort SEIKAI
      Luxury
      Boasting luxurious guest rooms with open-air hot spring bath overlooking the ocean, AMANE resort SEIKAI is a 7-minute walk from JR Beppu Daigaku Station. It features spacious public hot spring baths and a spa salon. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the public area, and parking is available at no charge. Fitted with dark wooden flooring and chic furnishings, each spacious room offers great ocean views. Guests can unwind on comfortable sofas or tatami (woven-straw) mats, and watch Blu-ray movies on a flat-screen TV. The Seikai provides large public baths and hot tubs on the ground floor and top floor. Spa Sheer Pearl offers ultimate relaxation with delicate massages and treatments. A gift shop and drink vending machines are available on site, and luggage can be stored at the 24-hour front desk for free. JR Beppu Station is a 15-minute drive and Oita Airport is a 40-minute drive from the property. Beppu Jigoku-meguri hot springs are within a 15-minute drive. Umitamago Aquarium is a 30-minute drive away. Gen serves traditional Japanese cuisine using seasonal and local ingredients. Eitaro restaurant offers various fresh seafood meals, while Japanese-Western fusion dishes can be enjoyed at Ban-ya.
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    • Yamada Bessou
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      Within a 10-minute walk from Beppu Station, Yamada Bessou offers Japanese-style rooms with spacious natural hot spring baths. Free WiFi and free bicycle use are available. Surrounded by greenery, air-conditioned rooms have a seating area with large windows and garden views. They have tatami-mat flooring and Japanese futon bedding. Female guests can choose their yukata robe to wear in the room. Guests can reserve an outdoor hot spring bath for private use, or relax in the public indoor bath available 24 hours a day. Massage treatments can be arranged. The hotel offers free parking. Yamada Bessou serves a Japanese breakfast, with only fresh seasonal ingredients. Free coffee is offered at the lobby. Yamada Bessou Ryokan is a 10-minute walk from the Takegawa Onsen hot spring area, and a 45-minute drive from Oita Airport. Beppu Station offers a 25-minute bus to Kannawa Onsen hot spring area.
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    • Beppu Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Beppu, 400 metres from Hyotan Onsen, Beppu Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA features views of the city. With a shared lounge, the 2-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the ryokan every room has bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near Beppu Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA include Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, Oita Fragrance Museum and Yama Jigoku. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.
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    • REX HOTEL Beppu
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      Set in Beppu, within 1 km of Beppu Tower and 1.7 km of Takegawara Onsen, REX HOTEL Beppu offers accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring a spa and wellness centre, the hotel is close to several noted attractions, around 1.9 km from Beppu Park and around 2 km from Beppu Art Museum. The hotel features a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a balcony with a sea view. The units will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Guests at REX HOTEL Beppu can enjoy a buffet breakfast. B-Con Plaza is 2.2 km from the accommodation, while Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center is 2.6 km away. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 39 km from REX HOTEL Beppu.
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    • GALLERIA MIDOBARU
      Luxury
      Set in Beppu, 1.5 km from Beppu Ropeway, GALLERIA MIDOBARU offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features a hot spring bath, free WiFi and room service. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. At GALLERIA MIDOBARU all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an American breakfast. Guests at GALLERIA MIDOBARU will be able to enjoy activities in and around Beppu, like cycling. Beppu Rakutenchi is 2.1 km from the hotel, while B-Con Plaza is 2.3 km away. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 33 km from GALLERIA MIDOBARU.
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    • Kannawaen
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      Kannawaen is an entirely non-smoking accommodation that features a garden, terrace and bar in Beppu. 100 metres from Hells of Beppu, the property is also 500 metres away from Jigokumushikobo Kannawa. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service for guests. There is an designated smoking area on site. All guest rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with free toiletries, while certain rooms will provide you with mountain views. All units will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. A continental breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. There is an on-site restaurant, which serves a variety of Asian dishes. The property has a hot spring bath. Popular points of interest near Kannawaen include Hyotan Onsen, Yukemori Observatory and Oita Fragrance Museum. Oita Airport is 31 km away.
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    • Terrace Midoubaru
      Mid-range
      Terrace Midoubaru is located a 15-minute drive from JR Beppu Station and boasts guestrooms with a semi open-air bath. Guests can soak in the hot spring bath. Private parking is available for an additional fee. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV and blu-ray player. Rooms offer views of the sea or mountains. All rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a bath. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. There is luggage storage space at the property. Beppu Ropeway is 1.5 km from Terrace Midoubaru, while Beppu Rakutenchi is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 33 km from Terrace Midoubaru.
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    • GRAND BASE Iolani
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      Set less than 1 km from Beppu Park in Beppu, GRAND BASE Iolani offers accommodation with air conditioning and free WiFi. Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with hot tub and slippers. There is also a fridge, stovetop and a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include B-Con Plaza, Beppu Tower and Beppu Art Museum. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 40 km from GRAND BASE Iolani.
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