1 Day in Kitakyushu:
Historic Exploration and Retro Vibes
Immerse yourself in Fukuoka Prefecture’s history — both ancient and contemporary. Fukuoka has an illustrious history and there are many chances to discover elements of the past standing side by side with modern structures.
Head from Hakata to Kokura
Wander Tanga Market and Kokura Castle
Find a spot of lunch at one of the many shops and stalls at this local market, which has been running for over 100 years. Drop by Kokura Castle, the only castle in Fukuoka Prefecture. You’ll get a panoramic view of the city from the top keep. If you’re here in early April, you may catch the hundreds of cherry trees on the grounds in full blossom, creating a beautiful soft pink canopy.
Arrive in Mojiko
Dine at Old Moji Mitsui Club
This former social club and lodging — Albert Einstein was just one of its many distinguished guests — is now a restaurant, serving Japanese-Western fusion cuisine.
Stroll around the Mojiko area and take in the sights
Mojiko’s distinctive skyline features Western-style architecture from over 100 years ago together with more modern buildings. There are several shops and cafés dotted about the area, making it perfect for a leisurely afternoon. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a rickshaw tour around the area — your rickshaw guide will be happy to take photos at key locations for you.
Check in for the night at Kokura Rihga Royal Hotel