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Bringing you fantastic Fukuoka through the eyes of foreigners living in the Prefecture and the fun places they want their family and friends from throughout the world to come and visit.

Kitakyushu Area

Kitakyushu City is located in the northernmost tip of Kyushu, and flourished as an industrial city for many years. Bordered by the Hibiki Sea to the north and the Suo Sea to the east, the city has much to offer to tourists, featuring the Hiraodai National Park and Mount Sarakura. Next to the city hall stands the Kokura Castle, and next to the business district is the Tanga Ichiba Market, which was built in the 1950s – just a few of the contrasting faces of the city with a nostalgic feeling about it. The Imperial Steel Works, Japan from the industrial revolution of Meiji Era has been listed as World Cultural Heritage.

Tanga Ichiba Market

Walk from Kokura Station through Japan’s first shopping arcade “Uomachi Gintengai” and you will come to the entrance of the nostalgic Tanga Ichiba Market. The moment I set foot into the market I was captivated by the unique, dimly lit arcade lined with small shops filled with mixed smell of pickles, dried foods, fish and simmered dishes. You will see vendors preparing ingredients in the storefront, chefs buying ingredients, and locals and tourists mingling in the markets. It is a special culture and color unique to this place. Cool!

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Tanga Ichiba Market
  Uomachi Kokurakita-ku Kitakyushu-shi tel.093-521-4140

Mojiko Retro

It’s like the whole area is one theme park. Moji is a port town that reached the peak of prosperity in the Meiji and Showa eras (1868 to 1989). During its peak the port berthed almost 200 foreign passenger ships per month and received 6 million visitors per year. With western style brick buildings, warehouses and VIP guesthouses, the district creates a compromise between East and West as a once-prosperous international trade port. These days many people come to enjoy a walk or a relaxing time at cafes. There is also a modern taste with a high-rise apartment building which has the Mojiko Port Retro Observation Deck (Adults ¥300, ES/JHS Students ¥150) on the 31st floor where you can overlook the Kanmon Strait and the Retro District.

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Mojiko Retro
Mojiko Retro Club tel.093-332-0106

TOTO Museum

Living in Japan it is taken for granted, but for foreign tourists it is a pleasant surprise – the Japanese multifunctional toilet! The warm seat, the shower wash, and the sound that hides your embarrassing sounds, this typical Japanese product shows how this high-tech item cares for the user. At the TOTO Museum you can learn about Japan’s water systems history, and see various TOTO products developed according to the situation of each country in the world.

TOTO Museum
  Nakashima Kokurakita-ku Kitakyushu-shi
  Hours: 10 am to 5 pm (No entry after 4:30 pm)
  Closed: Mondays (Please enquire regarding year end and summer holiday season)
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Historic buildings and lines of trees are illuminated to create the nostalgic feeling of the turn of last century. Seven colors illuminate the trees, the bright sharp lights on the buildings reflect on the water as the port town night is filled with color. Why don’t you enjoy a romantic night stroll through the fantastic night streets of Moji Port.

【Time/Venue】

Annually from mid-November to mid-February.
*This year, from November 19, 2016 to February 19, 2017.
Venue: Mojiko Retro District

【Enquiries and entries】

Mojiko Retro General Information tel. 093-321-4151

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