|Kokura had flouriched as a castle town until end of the 19th century.
Now, it is the heart of Kitakyushu-city, and many of the main tourist spots, hotels, shopping districts and restaurants are located around JR Kokura station.
The “must-see” sights of Kokura Castle, Kokura Castle Garden and River Walk Kitakyushu are with in walking distance and can be reached by going through the local shopping arcade from Kyomachi to Uomachi.
Where to explore
One of the Must visit destination in Kitakyushu, located within a walking distance of JR Kokura Stations. Hosokawa Tadaoki commenced the construction of Kokura Castle in 1602 and spent 7 years to completed it.
The castle had a fivefold and six layered donjon and it was built in the architectural style called “Kara-zukuri”. more …
|To the east side of castle, there is Kokura Castle Garden, which has reproduced the mansion of a feudal lord from the Edo period. The area around the castle is maintained a Katsuyama Park, which is famous for cherry blossom. more …|
Shinozaki Hachiman Shrine
|River Walk Kitakyushu is a large commercial facility near the Murasaki River and Kokura Castle.
It was opened as part of the Kitakyushu Renaissance Scheme in 2003, and possesses many colorful and originally designed buildings. more …
|Tanga Market is a typical Japanese market, known as “the kitchen” in Kitakyushu-city. There are more than 120 shops in the 180 metre-long arcade. Here you get a true taste of the culture and sample the real life style of the people living in Kitakyushu. more …|
The summer festivals held in july around Kokura Castle, in which the main attraction is the playing the drums.
Local specialities and cuisines
Food stall at Tanga
|At night time, food stalls open in the square in front of Tanga Market.
Here you can try delicious oden (a stew made from various ingredients) and ramen.