The environs around Konpira Park in Tobata Ward, Kita-Kyushu City, are perfect for leisurely passing time, enjoying pottering by bicycle and walking and exploring the park. The residents are very fond of the park as an oasis in the city which can be enjoyed close at hand throughout the changing four seasons. They can go to Konpira Pond to encounter a variety of wild birds all throughout the year, and also walk along spiral-shaped roads for exploring up to the summit of Mt. Konpira. We introduce a cycling course which takes you from the Konpira Park through Itozu-no-Mori Zoological Park, and Sayagatani, and then to Kita-Kyushu Municipal Museum of Art.
Extending up to the museum, the tree-lined road is very pleasant with the sunlight filtering through the trees. The bronze statues along the road beckon you into the world of art. If you can spare the time, you may wish to get off your bike and go up the hill, taking the time to appreciate each one. After going through the groves of trees and your field of vision opens up, high on a hilltop towering up to the sky you will see the Kita-Kyushu Municipal Museum of Art’s annex, a highly individualistic forum. Designed in the image of a cathedral by architect Arata Isozaki, the symmetrical exterior is called the “Hilltop Binoculars” because when you look up at it from the foot of the hill, it does resemble a pair of binoculars.
We highly recommend this course which takes you to Konpira Park, offering rest and relaxation to people like an oasis in the middle of the city, as well as the Kita-Kyushu Museum of Art, and the environs of the Itozu-no-Mori Zoological Park, as you leisurely enjoy exploring Kita-Kyushu City both on your bike and while walking.