Kitsuki, City in Japan

General Information about Kitsuki

Kitsuki (Kitsuki) is a middle town within Ōita prefecture in the Kyūshū region.

There is a fishing port in the city. You can easily reach the suburbs of Kitsuki by local rail services in one station. Approx. 292.687 travelers are here annually on the rails.

Famous persons connected with Kitsuki are Goryu Asada (1734 - 1799), Mamoru Shigemitsu (1887 - 1957) and Sadayoshi Hitotsumatsu (1875 - 1973).

Travel tips for Kitsuki


Top Kitsuki destinations for your sightseeing are the Kitsuki castle (杵築城) throughout the year, the Samurai residences (武家屋敷) throughout the year and the Suya slope (酢屋の坂) throughout the year.

The Kitsuki castle stands imposingly in the city, was built in the year 1970.

The Historical streets where wearing kimono matches (着物が似合う歴史的町並み), another great attraction where you can experience the Castle town where the atmosphere of the Edo period remains (江戸時代の雰囲気が残る城下町). Another experience is the Waraku-an (和楽庵). Of interest here is the Kimono rental service (きもののレンタルサービス).

Culture and History

The oldest building in the city was constructed in the year 1782 and is named Sano family house (佐野家).


Do you want to see fireworks in Kitsuki? The Summer evening fireworks (納涼花火大会) with 4.000 rockets is popular. You can best watch from the Kaihin yume park (Shiota).

Hot spring

If you want to take a hot bath in Kitsuki, the spa Yamaga onsen "Kaze-no-Sato" (山香温泉 風の郷) brings you relaxation and is also good for Neuralgia. The address: Yamaga-machi kuranari 3003 (山香町倉成3003). Another hot spring here is Shiohama onsen "Ikoi-no-Yu" (しおはま温泉 いこいの湯), which helps amongst other things in Recovery after illness. Go to Ouchi 7707 (大内7707) for this.


You want to eat well and enjoy a drink in Kitsuki? Tai chazuke Ureshino (Red snapper rice with green tea) (鯛茶漬け うれしの) is recommended by locals. The Wakasae-ya (若栄屋) in Kitsuki 665-429 (杵築665-429) is popular.


Do you already own a souvenir from Kitsuki? You could buy for example "Kitsuki no miko" jelly, available in Kikuya.

Flowers and Foliage

The plum flowers from 02/01 to 02/28 and is the most beautiful in the Bungo plum of Isoya mansion (磯矢邸の豊後梅). Discover the cherry blossom in Kitsuki from 04/01 to 04/30, best in the Kitsuki castle (Shiroyama park) (杵築城(城山公園)). The maple trees changing colour in Kitsuki is the highlight in the romantic autumn. Discover in the Ohara mansion (大原邸), how the leaves turn from golden yellow to shining red. Start is around the 10/21 and the foliage lasts until 11/30. To mention in Kitsuki is the Calanthe discolor in flower, which you can see in the Plaza in front of the Yamaga government building of Kitsuki city hall (杵築市役所 山香庁舎前広場) from 05/01 to 05/31.