The exotic district of Mojiko-Retro is visited by more than 2 million tourists a year.
Time have changed but architectural remainder like the former Moji Customs
Building from 1912, the wooden Mojiko Station Building from 1914, and the former Osaka Mitshi
O.S.L Line building from 1917 in Moji-ko Port Retro area remain as symbols and attractions.
Where to explore
The suspended bridge crossing the Kanmon Straits, a stretch of water separating two of Japan’s
four main islands. On the Honshu Island side of the bridge is Shimonoseki and on the Kyushu Island
side is Kutakyushu
View from Mekari Observatory
Kitakyushu, Kyushu Island
Semonoseki, Honshu Island
Only the place in the world ! You can cross the strait on foot.
The Kanmon Strait, separating Honshu and Kyushu, is a very beautiful and busy waterway
with as many as 700 small and large ships a day passing through it.
It was built by the Mitsui Co., Ltd in 1921 as a reception centre and to provide accommodation
for VIP’s. Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the world’s most famous theoretical physicists,
stayed here during his visit to Japan with his wife in 1922.
This bridge, made in 2003, is the only pedestrian draw bridge in Japan, and is one the
most popular photo spot in Mojiko Retro. The length of the bridge is 108 meters and
it is opened 6 times a day at 10h, 11h, 13h, 14h, 15h and 16h.
It is a railway theme park organized by JR Kyushu, showing the history of Kyushu Railways.
The display of steam locomotives and old trains used by Kyushu Railway is fascinating and
always evokes feelings of nostalgia among visitors.
The shopping area in the Mojiko Retro district located by the sea. “Full of a romance market
which stir up forgetting contentment” is the direct translation of the concept Kaikyo Plaza is
based on. The area has a very romantic ambience and evokes feeling of nostalgia and
contentment that will never be forgotten.
Off the beaten path
A dramatic introduction
to the history of the
straits more …
The Art Museum
exhibits the Idemitsu
collection. more …