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Kanmon Strait and Mojiko Retro District

The Kanmon Strait separates the main island from Kyushu. This strait is where a number of major events in Japanese history occurred; there are many historical sightseeing spots and events here, such as the Mekari Festival. The Strait has long been a strategic point for marine traffic, and prospered from the Meiji era to the Taisho era as an international trading port. Presently, this area is one of the representative sightseeing areas of northern Kyushu. Major historical facilities in this area include such elegant western-style buildings as JR Mojiko Station, which has been designated a national important cultural asset, the Old Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. Building, highly praised as 'the beauty of the port,' and the Old Moji Mitsui Club, where Dr. and Mrs. Einstein once stayed. In addition there are a number of popular sightseeing facilities in the area, such as the KAIKYO DRAMASHIP, which specializes in the Strait and the Kyushu Railway History Museum, which is admired by railroad buffs. At night, buildings, ships and piers around the Port are lit up to create a fantastic scene. For visitors, the view from the observation room of Mojiko Retro District is a must-see.

Mojiko JR Station
Mojiko JR Station
Old Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. Bldg.
Old Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. Bldg.
Old Moji Customs Bldg.
Old Moji Customs Bldg.
Kaikyo Dramaship
Kaikyo Dramaship
Kyushu Railway History Museum
Kyushu Railway History Museum
Norfolk Square
Norfolk Square
Night Fantasy
Night Fantasy
Kanmon Strait
Kanmon Strait

Castle town Kokura

Kokura is located at an important point for both marine and land traffic. Since the Edo era, Kokura has flourished as a castle town. Kokura Castle, the symbol of the town, was founded by Tadaoki Hosokawa in 1602. The only castle remaining in Fukuoka Prefecture, it attracts many tourists. The castle precincts include Kokura Castle Japanese Garden, where visitors can learn traditional Japanese rules of decorum, and Matsumoto Seicho Memorial Museum, a memorial to the world-famous writer and his great achievements. For these reasons, this area is known as the cultural area of Kitakyushu. To enjoy dietary culture in Kitakyushu, tourists should visit the Tanga Market at the center of Kokura. The bustling market is home to numerous shops serving various specialties, including local fresh foods and delicacies. Although it provides residents with daily foods, it is also popular with tourists as a sightseeing spot for enjoying lively local color.

Kokura Castle
Kokura Castle
Kokura Castle Japanese Garden
Kokura Castle Japanese Garden
Matsumoto Seicho Memorial Museum
Matsumoto Seicho Memorial Museum
Tanga Market
Tanga Market
Murasakigawa River
Murasakigawa River

Wakamatsu Area

Wakamatsu is a port town linked to the other side of the bay by the vermillion Wakato Bridge and shuttle ferries. In the old days it was the largest port for shipping coal from Japan. The aged townscape, with the old red brick building of Furukawa Mining Co., Ltd., a scene that looks as though it came straight out of an old movie, reflects the prosperity of those days. Mt. Takato offers a panoramic view of Wakato Bridge, Dokai Bay, Wakamatsu Area, Tobata Area, Yahata Area and as far as the Kanmon Strait. At night, the beauty of this mountain cannot be missed. To the north, the Wakamatsu Area is bordered by a beautiful coastline.

Old building of Furukawa Mining Co., Ltd.
Old building of Furukawa Mining Co., Ltd.
Waita Beach
Waita Beach
Wakato Passenger Ferry
Wakato Passenger Ferry

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