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Yahata-Higashida and Hobashira

The Higashida Area attracts the most attention in Kitakyushu today. A representative site in this area is Space World, where visitors can enjoy various attractions and theatrical shows. The Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, where visitors can trace the 'History of life' for human beings and nature, from the beginning of the earth 4.6 billion years ago to the present day, is also in this area, as is the Kitakyushu Environment Museum, which provides information on the history of Kitakyushu in overcoming pollution and environmental problems. From the Higashida Area, visitors can view Mt. Sarakura, 622 meters above sea level, rising in the hilly sections. The mountain also features the longest cable railway in Kyushu, with a sky lift that carries the passengers to the summit, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view. The night view of the panorama that gleams as though studded with jewels is known as the 'million dollar night view.'

Night view of Mt. Sarakura
Night view of Mt. Sarakura
Hobashira Cable Car
Hobashira Cable Car
Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History
Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History
Kitakyushu Environment Museum
Kitakyushu Environment Museum
Space World
Space World

From Hiraodai to Kawachi

At the karst tableland of Hiraodai, visitors can enjoy nature to such an extent that it's hard to believe they're in Kitakyushu with a million people. The singular spectacle of endless pure white limestone rocks resembles a large flock of sheep grazing in a meadow. This tableland offers a number of sightseeing spots, including Hiraodai Countryside Park and several limestone caves. In the Kawachi area, visitors can enjoy a relaxing time at Kawachi Hot Spring.

Limestone cave
Limestone cave
Ajisai Hot Spring
Ajisai Hot Spring
Hiraodai Limestone Plateau
Hiraodai Limestone Plateau

Festivals

Summer in Kitakyushu is a festive season. The summer festival in Kokura, called Kokura Gion Festival, is a nationally renowned festival in which drums play the major part. During this soul-stirring festival, drums are beaten from the both sides to the sound of gongs called 'Jangara.' In the Tobata Gion Festival, in which lanterns predominate, the floats are decorated with gorgeous banners during the daytime, but at night they are radically transformed into lantern floats. The resulting pageant of light is paraded like a picture scroll from ancient times. The Kurosaki Gion Festival(designated a national important intangible cultural heritage)is a soul-stirring event, of floats brilliantly decorated with dolls and other ornaments, accompanied by music from trumpet shells. The Wakamatsu Port Festival is conspicuous for its Goheita Bayashi, musical accompaniment comprising the rhythmic percussion of barrel drums, as well as for its Goheita boats. As the highlight, a parade of 2,000 torchbearers ascends Mt. Takato on the last day of the Port Festival. These summer festivals are concluded by the Wasshoi Summer Festival in Kitakyushu, the City's largest festival, which takes place around Kokura Castle and along Komonji Street. This festival of prosperity features a parade, the Hyakuman dance and a fireworks show, and various summer festivals in and outside of the city are held in one place.

Wasshoi Summer Festival
Wasshoi Summer Festival
Kokura Gion Daiko Festival
Kokura Gion Daiko Festival
Wakamatsu Port Festival
Wakamatsu Port Festival
Kurosaki Gion Festival
Kurosaki Gion Festival
Tobata Gion Festival
Tobata Gion Festival

Fireworks

Fireworks give poetic charm to summer in Japan. At the Kanmon Strait Firework Festival, held on August 13 each year, fireworks are set off from Moji, and across the Strait, from Shimonoseki City. Fireworks simultaneously set off from the two places light up the night sky both near and far; both coasts are crowded with viewers. Furthermore, the Kukino-Umi Firework Festival, held late in July each year around Wakato Bridge across Dokai Bay, is one of the major events of the Wakamatsu Port Festival. At that event a set piece of fireworks called 'Niagara,' which resembles a waterfall, is displayed at Wakamatsu Bridge, fascinating all viewers.

Kuki-no-Umi Fireworks Festival
Kukino-Umi Firework Festival
Kanmon Strait Fireworks Festival
Kanmon Strait Fireworks Festival

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