The northernmost city on Japan’s island of Kyushu, Kitakyushu was formed in 1963 from a collection of five smaller cities. An ancient feudal castle town as well as a steel town, it offers plenty for both the business and leisure traveler. The city is easy to reach with the New Kitakyushu Airport and Kokura Station providing convenient points of access.
During Japan’s Meiji Period, the geographical advantages were capitalized upon, and port facilities and railroad infrastructure were subsequently built to improve the development of commerce and industry. Steelmaking was so important to the city during the time, that the original blast furnace has been preserved. It can be found near the city’s natural history museum and environment museum. Also nearby is Space World
, a theme park featuring attractions as well as a Space Camp. A more historical site can be found in the Kokura Castle
which was reconstructed in 1959 and today hosts a modern folkloric museum. There are many natural sightseeing spots to visit in and around the city, adding to the diversity offered by Kitakyushu. The rare kurst plateau of Hiraodai and the Shonyudo cave, Iwaya Beach, and Kawachi reservoir are but a few of the natural wonders to be enjoyed here.
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