Kitakyushu travel guide
Kitakyushu is the 2nd largest city in Kyushu with a population of 920,00 and is located
at the northern tip of Kyushu. It is the gateway between Kyushu and Honshu and has
long between important location for industry shipping and land transport.
Kitakyushu was chosen for Japan’s modern steel industry from the 17 candidate locations
selected all over Japan and Steel works operation was started in 1901.
Kitakyushu possesses numerous natural wonders and tourist attractions.
Nature arears including Mt. Sarakura where is one of the most spectacular and dynamic
night views in the world can be seen.
Castle town area Kokura where Japanese traditional culture can be experienced,
Mojiko Retro facing Kanmon Strait where one of the most beautiful Strait in the World
and also Industrial area Yahata where is the birth place of Japan’s Steel industry.
Furthermore, many restaurants of local cuisines and shopping areas
Where to Explore
Kokura was the transportation hub from Honshu and all areas of Kyushu
during Edo period from 17th to 19th century. The Castle town was
constructed in the Kokura and Kokura Castle was build in 1602 and
spent 7 years construction at the north side of Kokura facing to Kanmon
strait and next to Murasaki river. The height of Castle tower is 6th tallest
in Japan after Himeji Castle.
|Kokura Castle Garden|
Beautiful Japanese garden with traditional Japanese architecture.
The building was made for the lord’s guest house which a building of the
style of Japanese domestic architecture, located next to Kokura Castle.
You can enjoy the Tea Ceremony in the Japanese traditional architecture.
Moji is the beautiful port town and facing to Kanmon Strait where one of the most
beautiful Strait in the World. On the other side of the Kanmon Strait is Shimonoseki,
more than 500 ships are passing through the Strait everyday.
Moji Port designated as a Japan’s special trading port in 1889.
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|
Blast Furnace is a Steel plant for making the pig iron from iron
ore and coke. Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace is 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|
The the building for the Head office of the Imperial Steel Works
was constructed in 1899, two years before commencement of
Japan’s Steel Industry. The design of the building is a harmony of
European and Japanese architectural styles. The construction of
the structure below the roof is a European style and uses red
bricks for the outside walls. Aiming to symbolize a Good future for
Japan, the roof was designed with a traditional Japanese triangular
shape and Japanese tiles were used to complete the 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.
|Mount Sarakura, the most dynamic night veiw in the World|
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. We offer the most dynamic
night view in the World that you never seen before.
|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.
|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.
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|