Kitakyushu Travel Guide

  • Looking towards Honshu Island.
    Looking towards Honshu Island.
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  • My husband with the Kanmon Bridge.
    My husband with the Kanmon Bridge.
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  • Customs Building.
    Customs Building.
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Kitakyushu Things to Do

  • Have your photo taken with a banana.

    I think Mojiko was the first Japanese Port where bananas were imported. Anyway in the harbour you can pose with some and I noticed banana products in the shops.

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  • The Kyushu Railway History Museum.

    Open 9am to 5pm. Admission 300 yen. It was shut before we got there. It is near the station, housed in a former railway building and has real locomotives, a driving simulator, a large railway panorama of Kyushu and a track where visitors can drive a small train.

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  • Koso Hachiman Shrine

    Apparently this shrine houses the guardian deity of Mojiko Port. It was a very pretty shrine with statues, foxes, red tori. We detoured to here on our walk back from Kanmon Bridge.

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  • The Mekari Shrine

    This shrine is right under the Kanmon Bridge. On Japanese New Year's Day the priests here gather seaweed - a symbol of long life. The shrine had a collection of dolls near the entrance and an inari fox shrine with red tori. I enjoyed the contrast between the huge modern bridge and the traditional shrine. A good place to watch the busy waterway.

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  • Commemorative Library of International...

    This building is a replica of the Chinese Eastern Railway Office that the Russians built in Dalian, China. It was built to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the friendship agreement between Kitakyushu and Dalian. There is a restaurant downstairs and a library upstairs. Open 9.30am to 7pm except Mondays. Admission free.

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  • Mojiko JR Station

    This station opened on February 1st 1914. It is in neo-Renaissance style and has been a designated national cultural property since 1988. The building is currently undergoing renovation, but is still attractive and interesting to explore. Trains from Kokura will drop you here.

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Kitakyushu Hotels

Kitakyushu Restaurants

  • Shiko Kokura Riverside China

    Shiko Kokura Riverside China, is complex facilities consist of Chinese restaurants, Sundry shops and an aquarium and is located at next to River Walk Kitakyushu along Murasaki river.

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  • Robatayaki Takazawa, the best dishes in...

    Robatayaki Takazawa, is a Robatayaki Restaurant, serves delicious sea food and Yakitori, and Japanese liqueur such as Sake and Syocyu.Why don't you go to Robatayaku Takazawa to enjoy nice dishes and drinks?

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  • MOJIKO

    The port area of Moji incorporates both old and new areas of interest to visitors to Kitakyushu. This 'Blue Wing' pedestrian bridge, which is unique in Japan is surrounded by pedestrian promenades and interesting shops.There is a great restaurant just near the bridge (look for the German flags nearby) which brews their own beer and serves excellent...

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Kitakyushu Nightlife

  • XELHA

    The most popular place in town for foreigners (and cool Japanese!) to hang out was Xelha's a bar/restaurant/nightspot in the heart of Kokura.See http://www.ne.jp/asahi/kitakyushu/nightlife/restrnts.htm for more information on other places to go in Kitakyushu.

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  • Kurosaki>Kurosaki!I've been...

    Kurosaki>Kurosaki!I've been here a few times and I enjoyed being here at every time.It has many kinds of places. Like, Japanese Izakaya's, Pachinko Parlours, Snacks, Karaoke places.One of my favourite bars is King Kong. They make great cocktails!

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Kitakyushu Transportation

  • 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.

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  • Moji and Pusan Ferry

    Moji and Pusan Ferry operation has commenced on June 21, 2008.Schedule - Moji 12:00 to Pusan 19:00 - Pusan 23:00 to Moji 8:30 (following day)One way fare : 8000Yen

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  • 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...

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Kitakyushu Shopping

  • Riverwalk Kitakyusyu

    Riverwalk Kitakyushu, is a shopping and entertainment complex located next to Kokura Castle.Features Deco city with its shops and cinema multiplex, Food Pao, a food court offering ramen noodles and gyoza dumplings from all over Japan, as well as large-scale culture facilities like the Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center and the Kitakyushu Municipal...

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  • Tanga Ichiba market

    Tanga Ichiba market, is a food market called the kitchen of Kitakyushu and is located near JR Kokura Station.There are 120 shops at the 180 meter long arcade. - Fresh fishes- Vegetables- Meats- Fruits, nuts and berries- Side dishes- Groceries

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Kitakyushu Local Customs

  • Summer festival, Tobata Gion Oyamagasa

    Tobata Gion Oyamagasa, is a summer festival in Tobata Kitakyushu, held on the fourth Friday through Sunday in July every year.This festival's major attraction is the ever-changing shapes of it four Yamakasa floats. While decorated with majestic flags during the day, in the evening they turn into a "light pyramid" of 309 paper lanterns stacked in...

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  • Summer festival, Kokura Gion Daiko

    Kokura Gion Daiko is a summer festival with 360 years history, is a staple of mid-summer in Kokura Kitakyushu.Held over three days from the third Friday through Sunday of July, the festival's highlight is the great taiko (Japanese drum) performance that takes place on the second day.With groups of drummers wearing traditional yukata and happi...

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  • JAPANESE CUSTOMS

    Japan is FULL of interesting differences with other countries. For example: TOILETS: Public toilets in Japan are mostly the squating variety although count yourself lucky if you happen to find an electronic 'space rocket' toilet with lots of fancy gagets to play with! TAXIS: Avoid taking taxis as they are exorbitantly expensive but if you do...

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Kitakyushu Tourist Traps

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    by kiwigal_1 Updated Jun 17, 2004

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    Kitakyushu has its very own adventure theme park!!
    SPACE WORLD. It costs about 5000 yen to get in and there is a lot to see and do. There is a pretty impressive roller coaster that is some 60 meters high. Like most theme parks it is a tourist trap and is very full on sunny weekends. They have a rather cool New Year's party too. Space World has its very own train station so it isn't too difficult to get there. The Kitakyushu Expo 2001 was held in the area near here.

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Kitakyushu What to Pack

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    by kiwigal_1 Updated Jun 17, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: If you plan on doing a lot of train travel when you are in Japan then I suggest that you decline from bringing large, heavy suitcases. Most train stations in Japan have huge staircases (often no lift) so lugging a big suitcase is not an easy task. I suggest a good backpack would be a good choice.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rainy Season is around June/July and rain weather gear is essential. I just use an umbrella but there have been times that I have got completely soaked!! I can't buy shoes in Japan so I have had to think carefully before I came about what kind of footwear to buy. Note: Easy to slip on and off shoes are best and if you are going to work in a public building you will need 'indoor' shoes to wear. The Japanese always take their outdoor shoes off before entering their house or work.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most things you will need can be purcahsed here. I don't recommend going to a hospital in Japan unless you really need to. In most cases the pharmacist will be able to help you if you tell them what is wrong and what kind of medicine you are looking for (a phrase book will have this in it).

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Kitakyushu Off The Beaten Path

  • Norfolk Square

    Kitakyushu is twinned with Norfolk, Virginia. The dogwood tree was introduced to Japan from there, while the Japanese donated cherry trees to Norfolk. There are plaques and information boards commemorating the friendship between the two towns on the walk to the Kanmon Bridge. There is also a large anchor memorial. Good viewpoint for the bridge and...

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  • Sunset over the Kanmon Strait.

    We walked back from the Kanmon Bridge just as the sun began to go down. Very pleasant places to sit and view the strait on route.

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  • KITAKYUSHU ART MUSEUM

    This Mueseum is located in Tobata and has very distinctive architecture! (see pic!)The museum is an interesting visit if you are into that kind of thing. They often have visiting special exhibitions that are worth taking a look at.There is an entry charge.

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Kitakyushu Sports & Outdoors

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    by gogonicetrip Updated Nov 24, 2006

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    The Kokura Bicycle Racing Course is the birthplace of professional bicycle racing.
    Media Dome Kitakyusyu was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of bicycle racing in the city.

    It is a giant, multi purpose event facility that can hold up to 20,000.
    Media Dome uses all the latest technology to effectively blend entertainment and multi-media.

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Kitakyushu Favorites

  • INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION

    This is a picture of the KIA or Kitakyushu International Association. It is located up the hill (towards Mt Sarakura) from Yahata Station. There is loads of information available here as well as free Japanese lessons.For more information on activities at the center click the link: http://www.bcc-net.co.jp/kia/index-e.html

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  • SUNSET

    This picture is taken from Iwaya Beach in Kitakyushu. The sunsets in Japan can be gorgeous and I was so lucky to have a camera this day!

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  • BEACHES

    Kitakyushu Beaches!!In Wakamatsu Ku there are a few beaches worth checking out in summer.This one is Ashiya Beach. To get there you travel to Orio Station and catch a bus to Ashiya from there for around 220 yen.

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