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!

Map drive

Start your three-day trip
from Kitakyushu Airport!

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  • I. [Kitakyushu Airport - JR Kokura Station]
    About 33 minutes by airport limousine bus
  • II. [JR Kokura Station - JR Shimonoseki Station]
    About 15 minutes by conventional lines
  • III. [JR Shimonoseki Station - Karato Market]
    About 10 minutes by bus
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Karato Market

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Smack your lips at the seafood market, offering fresh sushi and assorted seafood rice bowls

"Karato Market" is a fish market open to the public offering marine products from the Kanmon area. "Ichiba-shokudo Yoshi" on the 2nd floor offers "fuku," the local specialty, as well as fresh seafood procured at the market at affordable prices. In addition, at "Iki-iki Bakangai" which is open every weekend, you will find rows of food stands offering seafood where you can enjoy sushi, fuku-karaage (fried puffer fish), fuku-jiru (miso soup with puffer fish) and assorted seafood rice bowls, etc.

Address 5-50 Karato-cho, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi
TEL [Karato Market] 083-231-0001
[Ichiba-shokudo Yoshi] 083-232-4069
Business Hour [Shokudo Yoshi] Weekdays 6:00 - 14:00/Saturdays 6:00 - 15:00/Sundays and holidays 8:00 - 15:00
[Iki-iki Bakangai]Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 - 15:00/Sundays and holidays 8:00 - 15:00 *Depends on the store
Regular Holiday [Ichiba-shokudo Yoshi] Wednesdays (open if Wednesday is a holiday)
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  • I. Five minutes walk from Karato Market
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tearoom Liz

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Enjoy tea-time at the oldest existing consulate edifice in Japan

Aromatic tea made from carefully picked tea leaves is the recommended item of "tearoom Liz," located within the Former British Consulate in Shimonoseki, an exotic red brick building. A vintage edifice designated as an Important Cultural Property by the National government and lovely tableware. Enjoy a unique romantic moment!

Address 4-11 Karato-cho, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi
TEL [tearoom Liz] 083-242-2017
[Former British Consulate in Shimonoseki] 083-235-1906
Business Hour [tearoom Liz] 10:00 - 18:00
[Former British Consulate in Shimonoseki] 9:00 - 17:00
Regular Holiday Tuesdays
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  • I. 15 minutes by car from Karato Market
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Walk around Chofu

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Stroll through the alleys and feel the history of Japan

"Chofu" once thrived as a castle town, and an ancient townscape still remains in this area. In addition to enjoying the seasonal scenery in Japanese gardens and shrines, you will find posh cafés and variety stores − perfect for a relaxing stroll!

Address Chofusamurai-machi, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi
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  • I. About 40 minutes by car from Motono-sumino-inari Shrine
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A spot with breathtaking scenery that stretches straight across the emerald green ocean

There is a bridge that ties Tsunoshima, an island in northwest Yamaguchi Prefecture, and the mainland. Its length is 1780 m, one of the longest in Japan, and the area is a popular location for making car commercials. The plateau is a perfect spot for taking pictures; you can look out over Tsunoshima lighthouse--the symbol of the island--as well as the white beach and emerald green ocean!

Address Oaza Tsunoshima, Hohoku-cho, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi
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  • I. About 40 minutes by car from Tsunoshima
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Kawatana Onsen Area

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Popular Korean singer,
Jeong Sewoon visited
the site!
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Relax and enjoy the spa district with a history dating back over 800 years

"Kawatana Onsen" is a hot spring said to be mentioned in Muromachi Era archives. Nowadays, there are facilities where you can just drop by to enjoy hot springs, so we recommend spa-hopping, too. Be sure to check out attractions other than hot spring, such as "Kawara-soba," crispy and fragrant local specialty noodles stir-fried on roof tile, and "Kawatana-no-mori," an edifice created by architect Kengo Sumi that stands out in the middle of the district!

Address Kawatana Onsen, Toyoura-cho, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi