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Kitakyushu travel guide

  • Kokura Castle


Kitakyushu is the second largest city in Kyushu and World leading Environmental Future city

and blessed with spectacular & stunning nature. The city is the Industrial Innovation city greatly

contributed to Japan’s Industrial modernization. Now Kitakyushu offers a lot of sightseeing spots

such as scenic beauty places, UNESCO World Heritage of Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial

Revolution , Industrial heritages, placed introduce cultures of people living there, and various

historic sites.  



Where to Explore  


Kokura area


Kokura Castle  

Kitakyushu’s landmark Kokura Castle. Fukuoka–prefecture only in

Japan is selected by CNN Travel as one of the top 19 places to

visit in 2019.  And the Photo of Kokura Castle is used for introducing

Fukuoka-prefecture. The Castle located within a walking distance of 

JR Kokura Station.

Kokura Castle Garden

Kokura Castle Garden made at the former site of lord’s guest house,

located next to Kokura Castle. This garden consists of a Japanese

garden and a lord’s house, a building of the style of Japanese 

domestic architecture. In this garden, you can see Japanese

traditional architecture and enjoy the Tea Ceremony.

Uomachi & Kyumachi downtown shopping street 

Uomachi and Kyomachi Ginteigai are the arcade downtown shopping

streets connected from JR Kokura Station. The literal meaning of

Gintengai is the Silver roof arcade shopping street and Uomachi

Gintengai is the birth place of Japanese arcade shopping street

constructed in 1991. 

Manga Museum and Aru Aru City 

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.


Moji area


Mojiko Retro

Dr. Albert Einstein awarded Nobel Prize in Physic visited Moji in 1922, and he acclaimed

that everything could see were Arts. The exotic district of Mojiko Retro is visited by more 

than 2 million tourists a year. Moji-ko Port flourished following its 889 designation as a

Special National Port for exporting coal and other products. 


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 StationMojiko

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.

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. the  Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel,

which enables people to cross on foot,


Higashida area


Japan’s modern steel industry was started as Yawata steel Works at Higashida district

in 1901. Since then, the Works greatly contributed to Japan’s industrial modernization.

The three sites in Higashida have been registered on UNESCO World Heritage  as

Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.


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.


Industrial Heritages


Kawachi Reservoir

The first-class civil construction heritage completed in 1927,

The Kawachi Reservoir was constructed for the industrial water

supply to Yawata Steel Works. The dam was constructed at the 

Okura River and upper stream of the dam was expanded and 

making the 7milion cubic metre reservoir

Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge
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.  This shape
and color really harmonize with nature and become a symbol of
the Iron town Yahata.
Onga River Pump Station UNESCO World Heritage

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.

 The site has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage,

 Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution 

Kurogane Railway

Dedicated Railway for Yawata Steel Works. The railway connected

between Yawata and Tobata, 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.

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.



The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature, about 960,000 people are
living in the area spreading in river basins where surrounding Sea and mountains.
The coastline belongs to Seto Inland Sea National Park and Genkai Sea Quasi-National
Park and also the city has Kitakyushu Quasi-National Park. 


Mount Sarakura

The height of the mountain is 622 meters level. At the top you are

presented with a magnificent and spectacular view of Kitakyushu.

​In 10 minutes, you can reach the summit from the Cable Car Station

using the Cable car and the Slope car. Three Major Night View of

Japan from Mount Sarakura to be experienced.

Hiraodai Karst Plateau & Caves

One of the three largest Karst Plateau in Japan. 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.  

Kawachi Wisteria Garden

Kawachi Wisteria Garden is a private garden at the Mountain foot of

Sarakura 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. 


General information  


City hall ; 1-1 Jonai Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

Cabinet designate city


70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka Airport in Fukuoka-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

160 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu

100 minutes by a vehicle from Yufuin


40 minutes by JR Express train from JR Hakata Station

19 minutes by JR Shinkansen (bullet train ) from JR Hakata Station  

Population 945,000            Population density : 1.920 / km2 






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