Experience "Journey of Life" from earth's formation to the presentOne of Western Japan's largest museum of natural/human history where visitors are able to learn about the history of life from the earth's formation up until the present and human evolution. Be entertained and educated by standing face to face with life-size skeletal models of T-Rex and Triceratops, and by stepping foot in a diorama of ancient Kitakyushu. Enjoy a day filled with excitement as you experience this "journey of life" full of discoveries and surprises!
State-owned steel plant which completed Japan's industrial revolutionThe state-owned Yahata Steel Works contributed to Japan's modernization as Japan's very first fully integrated iron and steel mill. The former first head office, the former forge shop and the steel-framed repair workshops established in the 19th century still stand in Yahata, and in 2015, they were registered as part of the UNESCO World Heritage “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining.” Stop by at the observation space and take time to think about the history of Japan's industrial revolution by looking at Kitakyushu's industrial landscape passed down over the centuries.
Kitakyushu's renowned night view spot attracting many visitors from across the nationIn March 2022, Kitakyushu City ranked first place of “The New Three Japanese Cities with the Most Spectacular Night Views.” Mount Sarakura is a spot offering nighttime view representing the city of spectacular night views. Visitors will be able to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic nighttime view featuring factories along the Dokai Bay as well as the Wakato Bridge from the observatory located at an altitude of 622 meters.
The city's best tourist attraction offering a panoramic view of historical buildings and the Kanmon straitsMojiko (Moji Port) located in the northern edge of Kyushu, opened in 1889 as an international trade port. It prospered as a transport hub, and many western style buildings such as shipping companies and trading firms were built around the area. "Mojiko Retro District" was established by restoring and reproducing the atmosphere of the time. You can experience the atmosphere of Japan in the Meiji and early Showa era by visiting the iconic "Mojiko Station," "Former Moji Mitsui Club," a guest house where Albert Einstein stayed during his visit, and "Former Kyushu Railway Headquarters (present Kyushu Railway History Museum)."
Karato Market - "The Kitchen of Kanmon"Karato Market is not only famous for blow fish, but also for red snapper and yellowtail. The market directly sells fish caught and/or raised by local fishermen, which is quite rare for a local wholesale market in Japan.
Munakata Grand Shrine NakatsuguMunakata Grand Shrine is one of Japan's oldest shrines which makes appearance in Japanese mythology. The enshrined deities are the three goddesses of Amaterasu Omikami. Each enshrined in Okitsugu, Nakatsugu, and Hetsugu, they are collectively referred to as "Munakata Grand Shrine."