JR Hakata Station
Hakata Station is a major railway station in Fukuoka-city, Japan. It is the largest and
busiest station in Kyushu, and is a gateway to other cities in Kyushu for travelers from
Lobby of the Station
The Station building and around station, there are a lot of shops, restaurants as well as hotels.
This area is one of the fascinating tourist destination in Fukuoka-city.
Tourist Information Center at
Hiraodai Karst Plateau & Caves
Hiraodai is one of the three largest karst plateau in Japan along with the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau and
the Shikoku Karst. It is located in southeastern part of Kitakyushu-city.
At altitudes between 400 and 600 meters above sea level and stretching 6 km from north to south
and 2 km from east to west.
Yougunbaru, which was so names because of the limestone which stands in row like a flock of sheep
in a vast meadow, dolines (conical hollows) and limestone caves create distinctive scenery.
Hiraodai Karst Plateau Trekking
There are three limestone Caves in Hiraodai Karst and each cave has different unique features.
Senbutsu limestone cave
Literally means 1,000 Buddha Cave, is the largest of the caves in Hiraodai Last Plateau,
extending about 900 m while meandering toward the northeast. The shape of the cave is narrow,
narrow ceiling ravine with a maximum width of 10 m and a maximum ceiling height of 15 m.
Approximately 30 large and small stalactites hang down at the entrance, giving a spectacular scenery. Abundant groundwater still continues to erode in the cave.
Mejiro limestone Cave
It is the longest cave in Hiraodai Karst, over 2 km in length.
The highlight of this cave is the monolithic ceiling which is a very unique structure as a limestone caves.
Ojika limestone cave
The cave is called footfall of dinosaurs. It is the very rare cave in Japan; the entrance is vertical
pit with 25 meter, when getting down to the bottom, you follow the underground horizontal cave
and you can see the hidden aspects of Hiraodai Karst.
The most distinguished Japanese Karstic Hiraodai Park. There is 22ha of lawn square with
observation platform, and a wild grass garden. There is also a plateau fruit tree garden.
Moreover, the visitor can enjoy the experience of doing activities such as making buckwheat
noodle (soba), ceramics, art flower, and woodwork.
It is the only wetland in Fukuoka Prefecture, located 600 meters west from Seiryu Cave and
2,500 m east from Hiraodai Nature Observation Center. The wetland is an important part of
Hiraodai Karst landform, offering a variety of wetland plant life such as the Sagiso (rein orchis),
Tokiso (pogonia), and Nohanasyobu (iris).
Seaside Momochi is the water-front resort area, only a 15 minute drive from Tenjin in the
centre of Fukuoka-city.
The park is surrounded by Fukuoka Tower and high rise contemporary high rise buildings,
all of which help make a modern urban landscape.
There are many tourist attractions here.
The observation room located at a height of 123m offers a breathtaking and
spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Fukuoka-city and Hakata Bay
The complex facility for the wedding hall, shops and restaurants and is located
in Seaside Momochi Park.
The Museum opened on October 18, 1990 as a place for people to learn about and trace
the cultural development of Fukuoka-city through the history of the region and the lifestyle of
Marizon is a complex facility for the wedding hall, shops and restaurants and is located in
Tenjin is the biggest shopping district in Kyushu region. It offers department stores, fashion
boutiques and an extensive variety of cuisine and fantastic restaurants and a street food stall Yatai.
If you even slightly change your point of view on a walk through Tenjin, you will notice many places
The cobblestone walks leading to the Tenjin Subway Station add a quaint atmosphere to this
underground arcade.Shops in the arcade bring the fashion of Tokyo, Paris, Milan, London
and New York to Fukuoka.
Fukuoka Tower is one of the must visit spots is the 234 metre high Fukuoka Tower.
It is the highest coastal tower in Japan and is covered with 8000 two way mirrors.
The observation room located at a height of 123m offers a breathtaking and spectacular
360 degree panoramic view of Fukuoka-city and Hakata Bay.
View from observation room, 123 meter high
Kanmon Bridge is the suspended bridge crossing the Kanmon Straits, a stretch of water
separating two of Japan’s four main islands.
On the Honshu side of the bridge is Shimonoseki and on the Kyushu side is Kitakyushu-city.
The Kanmon-kyo bridge was opened to vehicles in 1973 and connected the Kyushu Expressway
in 1984. It is the 34th largest suspension bridge in the world with a central span of 712 meters.
The Kanmon Straits, separating Honshu and Kyushu, is a very busy waterway with as many as
700 small and large ships a day passing through it.There are a total of seven ways to cross the
straits such as the 1,068-meter-lomg “Kanmonkyo Bridge”, the “Shin-Kanmon Tunnel” , the
“Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel”, to cross on foot, the “ferries”, and the like.
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.
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.
You can find fresh, inexpensive fish, vegetables and meats, as well as local specialties
such as karashi mentaiko ( fish roe seasoned with tasty spices and sauce) and nukamiso daki
(boiled fish with paste made from rice bran and soy beans).
At night time, food stalls called Yatai open in the square in front of Tanga Market.
Here you can try delicious oden (a stew made from various ingredients) and ramen.
River Walk Kitakyushu
River Walk Kitakyushu is a large commercial facility near the Murasaki River and
It was opened as part of the Kitakyushu Renaissance Scheme in 2003, and possesses many
colorful and originally-designed buildings.
It consists of a specialty store area where you can enjoy shopping; the commercial zone with a
cinema complex; the cultural zone mainly comprising a theater and an art museum and a
media zone which includes the offices of a newspaper-publishing company.
Furthermore, an interesting spot is “FOOD PAO”, offers a varied selection of inexpensive restaurants
where you can enjoy lunch or dinner.
Kokura Castle is one of the Must visit destination in Kiyakyushu, located within a walking
distance of JR Kokura Stations.
Then, it served as a residence of the Ogasawara clan. In 1866, it was burnt down by the Choshu
Moat arounf Castle Tower
In the Castle tower
At present, the castle tower is used as a historical museum in which you can
get a true feel for Kokura as it was centuries ago by viewing displays of historical exhibits
Around Castle tower
Featured places around Kokura Castle
|Kokura Castle Garden||River Walk Kitakyushu||Yasaka Shrine|