A tour around retro Kitakyushu
What we'll do
Take this tour for going around to areas full of the historic ambiance of Kitakyushu that still has the Western architectural style from the Meiji period. The Former Moji Customs Office that was an important location for this port city is a retro brick building built in 1912, and there are places to rest inside including at a cafe. Sankiro that represents the best that Moji Ward has to offer was once a luxury ryotei restaurant, but it is now a place where you can enjoy food including pufferfish cuisine. At the Kyusyu Railway History Museum that has displays of trains that operated in Kyushu, you are sure to experience a feeling of nostalgia.
- Price per person
- 11,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
【Things NOT included in the price of the tour】
・Transportation fees (transportation to and from the meeting place, transportation during the tour)
・Food expenses (meals, including drinks, will not be provided)
【Things included in the price of the tour】
-Kyusyu Railway History Museum JPY 300
【Other important things to note】
・This tour will be led by a nationally certified guide.
・This tour requires a minimum of two and can accommodate a maximum of four participants.
※Solo travelers wishing to participate in this tour may do so if they pay the fee for two people.
・If the minimum number of participants is not met, the tour may be cancelled.
・Transportation during this tour will likely be on foot.
・Depending on the weather, the order of the stops in the route are subject to change.
・Please make sure to wear clothes that are easy to move in and comfortable shoes.
・Kyusyu Railway History Museum / Closed: Second Wednesday of every month (except August)
1Former Moji Customs Office
The Former Moji Zeikan is a two-story brickwork building that was constructed in 1912 as a government official customs house. In 1994, the building was repaired and reconstructed; a Neo-Renaissance style was incorporated, transforming it into a contemporary building. On the first floor is the atrium entrance hall and a lounge as well as a permanent exhibition room with information on Moji Zeikan. The second floor contains a gallery and an observation room with a panoramic view of the Kanmon Straits. If you have the chance, please enjoy spending some leisurely time inside this retro building.
Sankiro was constructed in 1931 in Mojiko Port as a high-end traditional Japanese restaurant, and in 1951 it had a renewal opening. The building is made of wood, with three stories and over 20 rooms, and it is the biggest restaurant structure currently existing in Kyushu. Inside the building, there are exhibits on the history of Sankiro and Mojiko Port as well as long-established puffer fish restaurant Sankiro Saryo. From midday tea time to full-fledged puffer fish cuisine in the evening, visitors will have the chance to taste a variety of kaiseki courses. There is also a space on the second floor where Noh dances and other performances are given which can be viewed for free when the room is not being specially rented out. *Reservations are required for evening meals.
3Kyusyu Railway History Museum
The Kyushu Railway History Museum is located in the brickwork building of the former Kyushu Railways headquarters. In the main building, there is a display of reconstructed railway cars from the Meiji era as well as a driving simulation where participants travel between Orio and Mojiko Port, which is sure to be fun for the whole family. The model is a reconstruction of Kyushu's railway network, and the train car representing Japan Railways Kyushu is equipped with narration. There are cameras set up within the models, so visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the world of railways. In the railroad car exhibit area, nine railroad cars that played an active role in Kyushu in the past are displayed, and the retro design will allow visitors to really feel the history. Popular among children is the Miniature Train Park. Stoplights and rails have been reconstructed here to look just like the real thing, and with a small fee visitors can actually ride on a small railway car and try their hand at driving. Take a visit to the Kyushu Railway and History Museum and fully experience the allure of trains.