Kitakyushu (Japan)

Kitakyushu Travel Guide and Trip Resources

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Of castles and nature

Kitakyushu is a city in the southern Japanese Fukuoka Prefecture on Kyushu island. With a population of slightly less than 1 million people it is located at about a 1 hour drive from Fukuoka. The city was formed in the the 1960s when 5 cities merged, one of them being Kokura which now forms the core of it.

Kitakyushu can easily be reached by either air (New Kitakyushu Airport with good connections to Tokyo) or train as its main railway station is on the Shinkansen Line.

Although Kitakyushu is mostly seen as an industrial town famous for its steel industry, it actually has some nice sights. The main one being Kokura Castle (pictured), which was built in 1602 and allows visitors to look inside as well as explore the Japanese gardens on the outside. It is located in the main cultural area of the city.

Outside of town lies the grassy Hiraodai karst plateau, which is another reason tourists flock to the city. This area features caves and is great for mountainbiking or hiking.

Finally, Mount Sarakura-yama lies on the edge of the city and offers great views over the city, you can get up by cable car. This has apparently recently been selected as one of the 3 best cityscape night views in Japan! [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Kitakyushu is a city in Japan's region of Fukuoka. It has a population of 983,037, is situated at an altitude of 20ft and the best airport to fly into is KKJ (Kita Kyushu, Kita Kyushu)
  • The main spoken language here is Japanese, and the average English skill is low
  • The currency used in Japan is the Japanese yen (JPY)

Other cities in the region (Fukuoka, Japan)


Kitakyushu Weather

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