Kokura Castle and Kokura Castle Gardens
These are symbols of Kokura which took Hosokawa Tadaoki, a famous feudal lord, approximately seven years to build, finishing in 1602. It is known as a famous castle due to its foreign-looking exterior construction which incorporates an early-style castle tower that served as a lookout.
Access：a 15-minute walk from JR Kokura Station
9:00～18:00 ( April to October )
9:00～17:00 ( November to March )
, Las admission is 30 minutes before closing time
junior and senior high school students ￥200 ,
elementary school ￥100
Environmental Museum of Water
The Environment Museum of Water is a facility where you can learn more about rivers, nature, and the environment. It features a large amount of displays and information, including the history of the Murasaki River right in front of the museum, and other Kita-Kyushu City rivers, and the creatures living in the rivers.
1-2, Funaba-Cho Kokurakita-Ku, Kita-Kyushu-shi, 803-0813
Holidays: Year-end and New Year holidays
Matsumoto Seicho Memorial Museum
This is the only memorial museum in Japan to feature the achievements of writer Matsumoto Seicho who was born in Kita-Kyushu City and whose most representative works are “Ten to Sen” (Dots and Lines) and “Suna no Utsuwa” (Vessels of Sand). Among the items on display are materials and documents, personal belongings, and his workroom has been faithfully replicated.
2-3, jyounai, kokurakita-Ku, Kita-Kyushu-shi, 803-0813
Hours：9:30-18:00(Last admission is 17：30）
Holidays: Year-end (12/29～12/31)
junior and senior high school students ￥300 ,
elementary school ￥1200
Oshibafu Hiroba (Large Grassy Field), Katsuyama Park
The park is considered to be the symbol of the city. It is centered around the Kokura Castle for feudal lords Hosokawa and Ogasawara. Its center portion is integrated with Murasaki River and is used as a rest area. The park is held in great affection by many residents.
Former Residence of Mori Ougai
Known for “Maihime” (Dancing Girl) and other novels, Mori Ougai was stationed in Kokura as the military medical director, living in this residence for one and half years. It was designed a Municipal Cultural Property in 1974.
1-7-2, kajiya-machi, kokurakita-Ku, Kita-Kyushu-shi, 802-0004
Holidays: Monday ( Monday is closed even the next day in the case of a public holiday ) , holidays , year-end and New Year holidays
Entrance Fees: Free
Always bustling with people, the area is considered to be the “Kitchen of Kita-Kyushu City” and is home to Uomach Gintengai, Japan’s first shopping arcade, and the Tanga Market. It sells a wide range of items, from famous products, commodities, and souvenirs to daily necessities. The Daigaku-do in the Tanga Market is a popular restaurant operated by local university students. Customers can customize a meal by ordering a bowl of rice and then going into the market to buy the toppings and side dishes they like to eat with it. You will have to get off and push your bike while in the shopping area.