Kitakyushu travel guide
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
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
Where to Explore
Kitakyushu’s landmark Kokura Castle. Fukuoka–prefecture only in
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.
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Konamon Pedestrian tunnel|
Only the place in the world ! You can cross the strait on foot.
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,
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
|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.
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,
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.
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 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.
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|