When thinking of a spot to enjoy the night scenery in Kitakyushu City, the first place that comes to mind is Mt. Sarakurayama. Accessible by cable car or slope car, the summit has an elevation of 622 meters, and the observation deck there offers an unbroken view of the city. The scenery that spreads out below is called the "ten billion-dollar nightscape," and it is recognized as one of Japan's New Top Three Nightscapes. Not only that, in April 2015 the summit and nightscape of Mt. Sarakurayama were established as sacred for lovers. The Sky Dome also located at the summit is illuminated on weekends, and has become a popular date spot for couples. From the restaurant in the observation deck, visitors can gaze out at a 200-degree panoramic view while they eat, a uniquely exciting experience. While a lot of people use the cable car to sightsee on Mt. Sarakurayama, there are also hiking trails available, so locals and visitors alike can casually enjoy climbing the mountain.
*There are no parking facilities at the summit, and it is closed to vehicles. Make sure to check the timetable for the cable cars (it takes about 90 minutes to walk to the summit).