About 30km southeast of Beppu, Usuki (臼杵) is best known for its astounding thousand-year-old stone Buddhas. The town also has several temples and well-preserved traditional houses, and a pretty downtown of historic wood and stucco homes and shops. On the last Saturday in August the town hosts a fire festival, and other festivities are held throughout the year; ask for details at the tourist information office adjacent to Usuki Station.
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