Nakatsu is the 3rd largest city in Oita Prefecture with about 84,000 people. Located in the northwestern part of Oita prefecture, Nakatsu consists of the main city center along with several smaller towns. It is on the border with Fukuoka Prefecture with the Yamakuni River separating the two prefectures.
While Nakatsu might not be as bustling as some of the bigger cities in the area, it is large enough to have a nice variety of restaurants, bars, and several gyms. Also, it is small enough to still retain the charm of small town life with a beautiful bike path and rural temples.