Oita is sometimes called the “Nara of the West”. It is located in the northeast of Kyushu and is best known for the city of Beppu which has more onsen (hot springs) than anywhere else in Japan. Creative types flock to the Yufuin onsen area (not far from Beppu) for music and film festivals held every summer. Other fantastic features of Oita are the many natural sites including the Yabakei Gorge and the lava plateau in the north. The southern Kunisaki-hanto Peninsula is rich with historical Buddhist sites and artifacts. In fact, Fuki-ji Temple, Maki-odo Temple, and Usuki Sekibutsu-gun are home to the largest collection of Buddhist stone figures in Japan.