Ferry, Kokura to Matsuyama
The Ferry between Kokura in Kitakyusyu and Matsuyama in Ehime is operated by Kansai-Kisen.
Kokura : 21h55 to Matsuyama : 05h00 (the following day)
Matsuyama : 21h55 to Kokura : 05h99 (the following day)
- Family Travel
Ferry, Shin-Moji to Osaka
The ferry between Shin-Moji in Kitakyusyu and Osaka is operated by Meimon Taiyo Ferry.
It takes 12 hours, departure time at Shin-Moji is 17h20 and 20h00 and arrival time at Osaka is 05h20 and 08h00 the following day.
Free shuttle bus is available between Shin-Moji and JR Kokura Station via JR Moji Station.
Ferry, Shin-Moji to Kobe and Izumiotsu
Hankyu Ferry, the long distance ferry operates from Shin-Moji in Kitakyusyu to Kobe in Hyogo-Prefecture and Izumiotsu in Osaka.
For Kobe, 12-hour cruise
Departure time at Shin- Moji is 18h30 and arrival time at Kobe is 06h30 the following day
For Izumiotsu, 12-hour cruise
Departure time at Shin- Moji is 17h30 and arrival time at Izumiotsu is 05h30 the following day
Kitakyusyu Urban Monorail
Kitakyusyu Urban Monorail, is a train which runs the center in Kitakyushu from JR Kokura Station through Kikugaoka.
It is convenient to use Kitakyusyu Urban Monorail, if you go to Kokura Hose Racing Curse or Kokura Bicycle Racing Course.
Pleasure boat on the Kanmon Strait
‚s‚ˆ‚‰s is not the UFO, this is a pleasure boat called Voyager, cruise on the Kanmon Strait area.
-Board at Mojiko Port Retro District
-Journey time : 60 minutes
-Boarding fare : JPY1000 for an adult, JPY500 for a child
New Kitakyusyu Airport
The New Kitakyushu Airport, has been built three kilometres offshore in the Suo Nada area of the Seto Inland Sea on an artificial island in the south of Kitakyushu.
It is the first airport in Japan to operate virtually round the clock (21 hours out of 24).
Connections between the city of Kitakyushu and Tokyo have been greatly strengthened thanks to this airport, including business trips and sightseeing in both directions.
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HOW TO GET TO KITAKYUSHU
You can arrive from overseas through Fukuoka Airport (or get a connecting flight to Kitakyushu Airport from Tokyo).
Kitakyushu is also connected to the Shinkansen network and is about 5-hours from Tokyo.
As I said before, Kitakyushu is a spread out city but luckily there is a great transportation system. Kitakyushu has a Shinkansen station in Kokura (connects south to Fukuoka and north to Honshu.
The local train (also express (kaisoku) and super express (tokyuu) trains are available) runs from Moji-ko all the way through Kitakyushu and down past Fukuoka City. The trains are all run by JR Kyushu but there is a street car available from Kurosaki station that goes to Nogata City. The street car is run by Nishitetsu who also run most of the buses in Kitakyushu.
In Kyushu you should pay 500 Yen for a 'Nice Going Card' which gives you a 40% discount on return train tickets all over Kyushu (on Limited Express Trains) on the weekends and Fridays. There are regular trains running all over Kyushu.
JR Kyushu also market a Kyushu Rail Pass which can only be bought overseas. The cost is 15,000 Yen for a 5 day pass and 20,000 Yen for a 7 day pass. It is only valid for local and limited express trains in Kyushu and not JR buses or the Shinkansen that runs from Fukuoka.
- Budget Travel
- Work Abroad
TRAIN TRAVEL IN JAPAN
The Shinkansen is by far the most convenient way to travel around Japan. Unfortunately it isn't very cheap! Luckily there is a Japan JR Rail Pass available to foreign travellers. See the JR East website for details:
It must be bought abroad and stamped in Japan before you can use it. There are several options including one week (unlimited JR travel except for the super fast Nozomi service), two week, JR East and JR West passes. Check with your local travel agent for the best option or click on the link to see for yourself!
Here is a link to a very cool page that lets you see the routing between cities/stations/ports within Japan. It will tell you the route and includes the cost and time. http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/norikae/.
CHIKUHO DENTETSU - TRAM
The Chikuho Dentstsu is a Tram/Train line that runs from Kurosaki Station to destinations in Yahata-Nishi Ku. I used it frequently to get to my two Junior High Schools. They were located at Einomaru and Sangamori Stations.
- Work Abroad
- Budget Travel
Shikoku to Kyushu daily
Matsuyama and Kitakyushu are still connected by a daily ferry,
As Matsuyama-Fukuoka flights are still quite expensive, this is a good option for getting between Kyushu and Shikoku.
If you are happy to sleep in the communal area, the crossing can be done for as little as 5850 yen. Ferry is overnight both ways, so the budget conscious can also save a night's accommodation as well.
Kanmon Kaikyo Ferry
The ferry in the Kanmon Strait, between Kokura in Kitakyusyu and Shimonoseki in Honsyu, for 15minutes cruise.
One way ticket : 150yen a person
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
Ferry, crossing Kanmon Strait
The ferry, crosses Kanmon Strait from Moji port in Kitakyusyu-city to Karato port in Simonoseki-city, journey time is only 10 minute.
One way fare for an adult is 320 yen.
Rickshow, at Mojiko Retro destrict
Rickshaw is a mode of human-powered transport: a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two persons.
Would you enjoy a short trip at Mojiko Retro destrict.
MONORAIL - KOKURA MINAMI
From Kokura station to Shii in Kokura Minami there is a handy monorail that services the southern part of Kitakyushu. Fares start at 180 Yen.
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
Moji and Pusan Ferry
Moji and Pusan Ferry operation has commenced on June 21, 2008.
- Moji 12:00 to Pusan 19:00
- Pusan 23:00 to Moji 8:30 (following day)
One way fare : 8000Yen
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