Drive Excursion Plan
If you have already enjoyed the classic tourist spots in Kitakyushu, how about going for an excursion in a rent-a-car? Splendid landscapes, hot springs, and a historical walking tour. This plan is for those who want to fully enjoy the Kitakyushu area's charms!
- I. Plan to Enjoy History and Sweets to the Full
- II. Plan to Enjoy Photogenic and Nightscape to the Full
From Kawatana Onsen,
let's go on a trip to
enjoy history and sweets!
I. [Kawatana Onsen - Shimonoseki IC - Dan-no-ura PA]
About 50 minutes by car
Symbol of the Kanmon Straits that ties Kyushu and Honshu
Kanmon Bridge lies between Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka and Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi. The sight of the titanic suspension bridge (total length 1,068 m) that strides over the channel is impressive. The area is known as a photo spot with different impressions according to the time of day, such as sunset in the evening and illuminations at night.
|Address||Moji-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka|
I. [Sanden Kotsu Akama Jingu-mae - Sanden Kotsu Shimonoseki Eki]
About 10 minutes by bus
II. [JR Shimonoseki Station - JR Mojiko Station]
About 18 minutes by conventional lines
Jeong Sewoon visited
Bay area lined with vintage brick edifices
This is an area that once thrived as a trading port, lined with vintage Western-style buildings from the Meiji and Taisho Eras. You will find many tourist spots such as "Former Moji Mitsui Club" where Dr. Einstein stayed, and the largest "Hanebashi (draw bridge)" in Japan which was selected as a sanctuary for lovers. Do savor the fragrant and perfectly browned Baked Curry, a local specialty.
|Address||Around Nishi-kaigan, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka|
- I. About 50 minutes by car from Mojiko Retro
Take a walk in the Japanese garden (National Site of Scenic Beauty)
The "Former Kurauchi Residence" is a historical heritage which was maintained by Yasufusa Kurauchi, a coal mining magnate whose production ranked sixth in Japan in Taisho 8 (1919). Along with the residence, shrine, approach, stone wall, and such are all aligned in modern, outstanding modeling, design, and construction method; the residence is a building designated by Fukuoka Prefecture while the garden is a National Government-designated scenic spot. Here you can feel Japan's beauty in the well-preserved structures from those days along with the surrounding landscape.
|Address||396 Oaza Kamifukano, Chikujo-machi, Chikujo-gun, Fukuoka|
|Business Hour||9:30 - 16:30 (last admission 16:00)|
Adults (from high school students) 300 yen (240 yen*) / elementary and middle school students (80 yen*)
* indicates prices for those in groups of 20 or more
|Regular Holiday||Wednesdays (open on Wednesdays that fall on holidays) / year-end and New Year holidays (December 28th - January 4th)|
- I. About 25 minutes by car from Former Kurauchi Residence
A restaurant operated by a mountain village orchard that proudly offers seasonal fruits
"Fruits Kobo Efu" is a nature-oriented restaurant operated by an orchard. In this wholesome establishment resembling a traditional Japanese-style house, you can savor dishes made from local seasonal veggies and confections using plenty of seasonal fruits harvested from the orchard. This is a popular restaurant with loyal customers in pursuit of seasonal parfait and cakes.
|Address||280-49 Saigawa-osaka, Miyako-machi, Miyako-gun, Fukuoka|
[January, February, March, November, December] 10:00 - 18:00 (last call 17:30)
[April, May, June, July, August, September, October] 10:00 - 19:00 (last call 18:30)
- I. About 60 minutes by car from Fruits Kobo Efu
Attention, sweet tooth! This is a café & bar open till late
Betsubara. is a café & bar in Kokura city center offering carefully selected confections. Voluminous pancakes and French toast are gorgeous looking, popular dishes. They are so delicious that you feel like eating them even after having dinner.
|Address||2-4-16 Uo-machi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka|
|Business Hour||12:00 - 1:00|
|Regular Holiday||First Monday|