The most important of all the Hachiman shrines in Japan, Usa Jungu has lovely ponds dotted with lotus plants. Leave an hour to see the shrine while enjoying a pleasant stroll around the expansive grounds. Historically there was a long tradition in Japan of building temples and shrines in the same precinct (abolished in the Meiji period), and this is said to be the first place to do so. To get here by train from Yufuin, change at Oita. From Usa, it's a short taxi or bus ride to the shrine. If you take the bus, get on the one bound for Yotsukaichi and get off at the stop Usa Hachiman.