Usa, Ōita

Usa (宇佐市, Usa-shi) is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1967. On March 31, 2005, the towns of Ajimu and Innai (both from Usa District) were merged into Usa.


Flag of Usa
Location of Usa in Ōita Prefecture
Location of Usa in Ōita Prefecture
Usa is located in Japan
Coordinates: 33°31′55″N 131°20′58″E / 33.5319719°N 131.3495446°E / 33.5319719; 131.3495446Coordinates: 33°31′55″N 131°20′58″E / 33.5319719°N 131.3495446°E / 33.5319719; 131.3495446
PrefectureŌita Prefecture
 • MayorShuji Korenaga
 • Total439.12 km2 (169.55 sq mi)
 (March 1, 2017)
 • Total55,534
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeQuercus gilva
- FlowerRhododendron
Phone number0978-32-1111
Address1-1030 Ōaza-Ueda, Usa-shi, Ōita-ken
WebsiteCity of Usa

Usa is notable for being the location of the Usa Jingū, the head shrine of all of Hachiman shrines in Japan. Nearby is the Ōita Prefectural Museum of History.

As of March 2017, the city has an estimated population of 55,534 and a population density of 130 persons per km². The total area is 439.12 km².


Usa is made up of three areas.

  • Usa, the area surrounding the Usa Jingū (also known as the Usa Shrine)
  • Yokkaichi, the area surrounding the Hongan-ji temple, and an administrative town from the Edo Period
  • Nagasu, a port area


Futaba no Sato, a museum dedicated to sumo wrestler Futabayama Sadaji, is located in the city. There is a statue outside the museum, built by the government in 1999, depicting the names and hand prints of three sumo wrestlers who have won more than 60 competitive bouts. In addition to Futubayama, Tanikaze Kajinosuke and Hakuhō Shō are represented on the statue.[1]

A Shinto shrine known as Usa Jingū is situated in the city, and attracts as many as 1.8 million visitors annually.[1]

Product labelingEdit

West gate of Usa Shrine

There have been false claims that products made in this town and exported to the US in the 1960s carried the label "MADE IN USA", for it to appear as if the product was made in the United States.[2]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ a b c "A visit to Usa, the Japanese city that knows how to win". Japan Times. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Made in USA". Snopes. January 16, 2007. Retrieved December 12, 2009.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Usa, Ōita at Wikimedia Commons