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KitakyushuJapan

Modern cultural centers, shopping malls and theme parks stand near historic castles and idyllic gardens in this coastal Japanese city.

Kitakyushu readily celebrates the region's past, while also focusing on the future. Find 17th-century castles standing next to mega-malls. City youngsters celebrate 400-year-old festivals. Less intense than Tokyo, Kitakyushu still bristles with culture and energy.

Kitakyushu became a city only in 1963. It's fortunate to exist at all: The World War II nuclear bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki was originally intended for Kitakyushu. Historically, the area was of great geographical importance, serving as the gateway between Honshu and Kyushu and less than 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) by boat from Shanghai. Today, tourism and commerce are Kitakyushu's major industries.

Explore numerous levels of outlets at Kitakyushu Riverwalk, the city's biggest shopping mall. Bargain hunters should visit the 200 stalls of the monthly Green Park Flea Market. Stroll around the gardens surrounding Kokura Castle before finding out what life was like as a 17th-century royal. Delve deeper into Kitakyushu's past at the Museum of Natural and Human History. Brave thrill rides or enjoy milder family activities at Space World, the city's major theme park.

Kitakyushu has inspired many writers, including Mori Ōgai, Ashihei Hino and the crime novelist Seichō Matsumoto. Discover more about the latter in the museum dedicated to him near Kokura Castle.

Summer is the busiest season in Kitakyushu. July features three major festivals: Kurosaki Gio, Tobata Gion and Kokura Gion. At this time, Kitakyushu’s streets fill with floats, flags and lanterns. Come in August to marvel at Wasshoi Hyakuman Festival, a “super festival” that celebrates the creation of the city.

Kitakyushu Airport serves the city and is open 24/7. Take the hourly bus from the airport to Kokura station. Trains to and from Hiroshima, Okayama and Osaka are frequent, while some trains also connect to Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo. Public transportation in Kitakyushu is excellent; Kitakyushu Monorail and Nishitetsu Bus cover the main areas. You'll make good use of these services as you explore every inch of this remarkable city.

Where to stay in Kitakyushu

Tobata, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan

Tobata

Travellers like the museums in Tobata, and Kitakyushu City Art Museum is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Tobata
Yahatahigashi, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan

Yahatahigashi

Well liked for its mountain views and museums, Yahatahigashi is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Museum of Natural and Human History and Kawachi Fujien, and jump on the metro at Edamitsu Station to get around the city.

Yahatahigashi
Higashishinozaki, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan

Higashishinozaki

Higashishinozaki might not have many top sights, but Kokura Castle and Riverwalk Kitakyushu are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Higashishinozaki

Top hotels in Kitakyushu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kokura
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kokura
3.5 out of 5
2-14-2 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka-ken
The price is £81 per night

Located in the heart of Kitakyushu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of West Japan General Exhibition Center and Kokura Castle. Kitakyushu Manga Museum and Amu ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (715 reviews)

"Liked how close it was to the train station and there were lots of places to tour. Hotel is top notch and breakfast buffet was good. We had a problem with the noise above our room and Mr. Morita took care of the problem."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kokura
Art Hotel KOKURA New Tagawa
Art Hotel KOKURA New Tagawa
3.5 out of 5
The price is £41 per night

Situated in Kitakyushu, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kitakyushu Manga Museum, Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Seicho Matsumoto Memorial. Kokura Castle and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (220 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel with a magnificent garden and water feature inside and out. We were very impressed with the staff and amenities."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2020

Art Hotel KOKURA New Tagawa
APA Hotel Kokura-Ekimae
APA Hotel Kokura-Ekimae
3 out of 5
2-14-65 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka-ken
The price is £41 per night

Situated in a regional park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kitakyushu Manga Museum, Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Yasaka Shrine. Kokura Castle and Kawachi Fujien ...

4/5Very Good! (934 reviews)
Excellent

"Love late checkout."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2020

APA Hotel Kokura-Ekimae

Popular places to visit in Kitakyushu

Mojiko Retro
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Mojiko Retro

You can learn about the local history of Kitakyushu when you make a stop at a top site such as Mojiko Retro. While in the area, you can find time to visit its shops.

Kokura Castle
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Kokura Castle

Traditional Japanese gardens and a moat surround this picturesque replica castle, providing a peaceful break from the bustle of Kitakyushu.

Museum of Natural and Human History
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Museum of Natural and Human History

Travel back to the beginning of time to learn about the evolution of Earth in this extensive, immersive experience.

Riverwalk Kitakyushu
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Riverwalk Kitakyushu

This vast shopping center on the Murasaki River combines a multitude of outlets with an arts center, museum and outdoor recreation space.

Kyushu Railway Memorial
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Kyushu Railway Memorial

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Kyushu Railway Memorial during your trip to Kitakyushu. While in the area, you can find time to visit its shops.

Kawachi Fujien
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Kawachi Fujien

Explore the great outdoors at Kawachi Fujien, a lovely green space in Kitakyushu. Discover the area's hot springs and theme park.

Top things to do in Kitakyushu

Shimonoseki one day tour : Garato market, Hinoyama,mojiko
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Shimonoseki one day tour : Garato market, Hinoyama,mojiko

£104
Per adult

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