Oita Prefecture, also known as the “Hot Spring Capital,” has released a video, “SHINFURO: Synchronized Swimming in Hot Springs“, combining Japanese hot springs and synchronized swimming.
In the two months since the video was released it has attracted more than 1 million views in Japan, and is drawing a lot of media attention to the prefecture.
The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/J_gfuN3ME1Q
Visiting hot springs in Japan is common and used for relaxation and Oita Prefecture, located in southern Japan, used this video to show the traditional element of visiting hot springs.
The synchronized swimming was performed by a group of professional swimmers, lead by Raika Fuji, former silver medalist in the Sydney Olympics. The choreography, directed by “air-man” was paired up with a song written by Rentaro Taki, whose music was particularly influenced by the Oita Prefecture.
Oita Prefecture has the largest number of hot springs in Japan, and the Yufuin and Beppu areas in the video are some its most popular destinations.
The video was produced with an effort to increase the foreign visitors from 680,000 in 2015 to more than 1.2 million by 2024. Oita Prefecture also plans to strengthen the Wi-Fi support in tourist facilities, establishing a 24-hour translation service (English, Korean and Chinese) for lodging facilities.
Visit the website for more information about Oita Prefecture: onsenkenoita.com/en/
Oita Prefecture also contains a large number of shrines and temples important to the history of Japan. It is a land rich in nature where visitors can fully appreciate the beauty of the four seasons. An abundant variety of foods can also be sampled in Oita Prefecture, such as sushi and Wagyu beef. A significant draw of sightseeing in Oita Prefecture is the variety of unique Japanese cultural experiences visitors can enjoy in the area, including hot springs, shrines, nature and food. This video aims to deliver the charms of Oita to the world.