There are a lot of places nicknamed "Little Kyoto" throughout Japan. They are so called because they convey the atmosphere of Kyoto. One of them is Hita in Oita Prefecture, and it is an Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings.

Hita is a former castle town, and Mameda-machi in the northern part of Hita developed in the early Edo Period. The city of Hita is divided in the same manner as Kyoto, two streets from north to south and five streets from east to west. These streets are lined with traditional houses that are now being used as cafes and museums.




Hita Gion Festival on July

(Hita Gion Festival was registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016)

On the third Saturday and Sunday, on October every year, the "Hita Tensai Festival" will be held at the nearby Tsukigami Park.



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