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Manga Museum and Aru Aru City

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The Kitakyushu Manga Museum is located next to JR Kokura station. The museum is located

on the 6th floor of Aru Aru City, a multi-floored shopping mall devoted to products and

services for anime, manga, idol culture, and cosplay fans, a kind of Harajuku in miniature.

 


 

The permanent exhibition area on the 6th floor concentrates on manga writers and artists who

have a connection with Kitakyushu; and while more than thirty are listed, the best known is Reiji

Matsumoto, who is also the honorary director of the museum.

 


 

The rest of the Aru Aru City shopping mall is devoted to shops and services for Japan’s pop youth

culture. There are lots of shops selling manga, anime DVDs, J-Pop CDs, computer games, trading

cards, as well as related paraphernalia such posters and figurines. There are games arcades, an

internet cafe, model car racetrack, a karaoke bar, and several cafes and bars serving alcohol, as

well as a full maid cafe.

 


 

There are numerous establishments offering services for otaku, including a rehearsal space with

a recording studio for budding musicians, an event space with a stage and lighting that can be rented,

and a cosplay studio where cosplayers can be photographed professionally in a variety of settings.

 


 

 General information   

Address 2-14-5 Asano Kokura-kita, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

a short walk from JR Kokura Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu

100 minutes by a vehicle from Yufuin


 

 
 

 


 

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Kawachi Wisteria Garden

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Selected as a beautiful place of the real world 10.   Kawachi Wisteria Garden is a private

garden at the Mountain foot of Sarakura in Kitakyushu-city and famous for its spectacularly

presented, large numbers of wisteria flowers. The garden is opened to the public seasonally

during the wisteria season which usually peaks around late April to middle of May.

 


 

The garden’s most prominent features are two, roughly 100 meter long tunnels made of wisteria

trees of differing varieties and colors, ranging from white to dark purple.


 

Featured tours related to Kawachi Wisteria garden  

 

Kawachi Wisteria garden & Kitakyushu one-day tour         

The tour is the customized private tour traveled in Kitakyushu-city including Kawachi Wisteria

garden, operated during Kawachi Wisteria blossom period from mid-April to mid-May depending

on the Wisteria condition.

 


 

 General information  

Address 2-2-48 Kawachi, Yahata-higashiku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

25 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

Open hours

9:00 to 17:00

Middle of April to middle of May

Admission fee JPY 500 to 1,500 depending on blossom condition

 

 


 

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Kurogane Railway

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Dedicated Railway for Yawata Steel Works. The railway connected between Yawata and

Tobata, construction work took three years, and completed in 1930. The most difficult

and hard work was making Miyatayama tunnel with a total length of 1180 m due to suffering

from floods. The gates of the Miyatayama tunnel are decorated with stately designs.

 

The rail way crossing the

road

Miyatayama tunnel Yahata

side

Miyatayama tunnel Tobata

side


 


 

General information  

Address Connected between Higasida, Yahata-higasiku and Nalabaru, Tobota-ku, Kitakyushu-city

 

 


 

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Mejiro Limestone Cave

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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.

 

 

 

General information  

Address 3-1-1 Horadai, Kokura-minamiku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

45 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

80 minutes by a vehicle from Usa

100 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu

100 minutes by a vehicle from Yufuin

Open hours

10:00 to 17:00  

Admission fee JPY 500
Days closed No regular closing days

 

 


 

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Onga River Pump Station

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Built in 1910 on the east bank of the Onga River. It served, and still serves, to deliver 

industrial water to Yawata via an 11.4 km pipeline. This supply is integral to the steel 

production process and was necessary to cope with the 1st phase expansion of the 

Imperial Steel Works. The site has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage,

Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution 

 

 Onga River

 Onga River Pump Station

 Water piping to the Steel Works


 

 

General information 

Address 1-3-1 Dotenouchi, Nakana-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

40 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

60 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city


 

Yahata port

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Japan’s Modern Steel Works history started here. Yawata was a rural village with a small

population of agriculture and fishing industry. And this place was decided in Parliament as

the Japan’s Modern Steel Works construction site in 1897.

 


 

At that time, there were no construction machineries, the Steel Works was constructed

with human power in just 4 years.

 

 


 

General information  

Address Higasida, Yahata-higasiku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

10 minutes walk from JR Edamitsu station

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu


 

 


 

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Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge

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The only remaining lenticular truss bridge in Japan  ( lens type truss bridge), located at the south
side of Kawachi Reservoir and it was designed by Hisanori Numata and completed in 1926.
This shape and color really harmonize with nature and become a symbol of the Iron town Yahata.
 

 

 

General information  

Address Kawachi, Yahata-higashi-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station


 

 

 

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Ojika Limestone Cave

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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.

 


 

General information  

Address 2-6-58 Horadai, Kokura-minamiku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

45 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

80 minutes by a vehicle from Usa

100 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu

100 minutes by a vehicle from Yufuin

Open hours

10:00 to 17:00  

Admission fee JPY 500
Days closed No regular closing days

 

 


 

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Mojiko Retro

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What Dr. Einstein acclaimed Moji. Dr. Albert Einstein awarded Nobel Prize in Physic

visited Moji in 1922, and he acclaimed that everything could see were ARTS.

 

Moji-ko Port flourished following its 1889 designation as a Special National Port for exporting 
coal and other products. Close to China, it served as a trading port making an important
contribution to modernization of Japan. 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 Mojiko Port Retro area remain 
as symbols and attractions.

 


 

Where to explore  

 

Mitsui Club

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.

 


 

Kaikyo Plaza

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. 

 


 

Mojiko Station

It is the only Station building that is designated as an Important National Cultural Property 

together with Tokyo Station. Mojiko Station is a beautiful station built in the Renaissance 

style and modeled on the Termini Station in Italy

 


 

Mojiko Retro Observatory       

Situated on the 31st floor of the high-rise apartment building “Retro Hi-Mart”.  The 103 metre-high

observatory offers magnificent views of the Mojiko Retro district, the Kanmon-kyo Bridge over the 

Kanmon Strait, as well as the Shimonoseki area.

 


 

Blue Wing Moji

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.​

 


 

Kyushu Railway Museum

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.​

 


 

Kanmonkyo bridge 

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 Kitakyushu.

 

 From Mekari Observatory

Kitakyushu, Kyushu Island 

 Shimonoseki, Honshu Island


 

Konamon Pedestrian tunnel

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. 

 

 Moji, Kyushu Island side  

  Cross the strait on foot

 

  Shimonoseki, Honshu Island 


 

Local Cuisines

 

Kawara Sobe

Kawara soba is a local cuisine which Soba noodles and meat are cooked together on a Kawara

(stone roof tile) and dipped into a special sauce when eating it. It is said that the hints were

obtained from the time when during the Seinan civil war in 1877, soldiers of Satsuma who

surrounded the Kumamoto castle used kawara (stone roof tiles) to cook wild plants and meat.

 


 

Yaki curry

Yaki curry latterly means baked curry and is local cuisine in Moji which is curry with rice

topped with cheese and/or egg heated in oven. The melted cheese and soft-boiled egg

combine with the spicy curry to enhance its flavor even more.

 

 


 
 General information  
Address Minato-machi, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

A short walk from JR Mojiko Station

25 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from JR Fukuoka-city

80 minutes by a vehicle from JR Usa

100 minutes by a vehicle from JR Beppu

110 minutes by a vehicle from JR Yufuin


 

 

 


 

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Higashida

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Birth place of Steel Making Industry in Japan. Located at the food of Mt. Sarakura and 

facing to Dokai Bay, which is used as a shipping port for the steel industry.  The area has 

various Industrial Heritages and Museums.

 

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

Only the Blast  Furnace in the world which preserved as it was. The birth place where 

Japan’s steel industry began in 1901. It contributed greatly to the development of the

Japanese steel industry and was used until 1972, and has been preserved just as it was.

 


 

First Head Office of the Steel Works  / UNESCO World Heritage

Built in 1899, ahead of production facilities. It is an architectural fusion of Japanese and

European design, a two story red brick building with bilateral symmetry and a central dome

set in a Japanese tile roof.

 


 

Museum of Industrial Technology. In April 2007, based on this theme of “innovation, ” the Kitakyushu

Innovation Gallery & Studio (KIGS) opened in Yahata, Higashida, the first site of steel manufacturing

in Japan’s modern age. Various things related Industry technologies are exhibited.

 


 

Mount Sarakura

Kitakyushu is the dynamic city where one million people are living and working, is creating

the beautiful Night view which you have never seen before.

The night view from the mount Sarakura is chosen the three major Night View in Japan.

The area of Night view is the largest in the World ; about 40km east to west and 10km south

to north and also the number of lighting to create the night view is the largest in the World. 

 


 

Yahata port

Japan’s Modern Steel Works history started here. Yawata was a rural village with a small

population of agriculture and fishing industry. And this place was decided in Parliament as

the Japan’s Modern Steel Works construction site in 1897.At that time, there were no

construction machineries, the Steel Works was constructed with human power in just 4 years.

 


 

Kurogane Railway         

Dedicated Railway for Yawata Steel Works. The railway connected between Yawata and Tobata,

construction work took three years, and completed in 1930. The most difficult and hard work was

making Miyatayama tunnel with a total length of 1180 m due to suffering from floods. The gates of 

the Miyatayama tunnel are decorated with stately designs.

 


 

 General information  
Address Higasida, Yahata-higasiku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu