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Kitakyushu Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Kitakyushu!

As Kyushu island's closest city to the main island of Honshu, Kitakyushu is the gateway between the two islands and packed with sightseeing opportunities. The area is known for its delicious food and beautiful scenery, with stunning shorelines and attractions to suit every taste.

Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

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  • What's included :
    • Free Photos
    • Hotel Pick up and Drop-off
    • Licensed Local Guide
    What's excluded :
    • Other personal expenses
    • Entrance fee (for yourself)
    • Transportation fee (for yourself and your guide)
    • Lunch
    • Private transportation
    • Entry/Admission - Kokura Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Kitakyushu Manga Museum
    • Entry/Admission - TOTO Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom
    • Entry/Admission - Kanmon Kaikyo
    • Entry/Admission - Hiraodai
    • Entry/Admission - Green Park
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Mojiko Retro, 7-18 Minatomachi, Mojiku, Kitakyushu 801-0852 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Two train stops from Kokura station, you can visit this charming town—sit on a bench and read or take a walk and enjoy the scenic view, two things that I love to do when I'm here. Perfect place to get some fresh air, whether on a breezy day out or a romantic stroll at night. The architecture here is rather quaint and pretty. You must also try the yaki curry here, the town specialty. It's baked curry with cheese and it's quite a treat. If you've got room after that, enjoy the fresh seafood or a cold one at their local brewery. There are also museums you can check out here after you're done at the plaza. If you go on a weekend, they usually hold events like antique car shows, vintage markets, ramen festivals, oyster fairs—you can consult a local events calendar or, if you're feeling spontaneous, just show up and be pleasantly surprised!

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Mojiko Station, 1-5-31 Nishikaigan, Yushimojiku, Kitakyushu 801-0841 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Moji was one of five cities that merged to form Kitakyushu City in 1963. It is the closest municipality of Kyushu in proximity to Honshu. Moji Port (門司港, Mojikō) has been prominent as an international trading port since the late 19th century. Today, although main port activities have been moved to a newer location at Shin-Moji Port, Moji Port retains its relevance as a tourist destination with a flavor from the past thanks to several well-preserved Western style buildings from the Meiji and Taisho Periods.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kokura Castle, 2-1 Jonai, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu 803-0813 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Kokura Castle (小倉城, Kokurajō) was built in 1602 at the beginning of the Edo Period. The castle was destroyed by fire in 1866, and the current castle tower is a ferro-concrete reconstruction from 1959. The castle's traditional architecture provides an interesting visual contrast to the neighboring modern shopping and entertainment center.

    The castle grounds are now known as Katsuyama Park and are a popular cherry blossom spot that is usually in bloom around early April. The castle keep seems to have four floors from the outside, but actually has five on the inside. The modern interior introduces the local history with displays, an interactive zone and a small theater where visitors can get a hands-on and visual experience of past castle life. The castle's top floor offers panoramic views over the city.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kitakyushu Manga Museum, 2-14-5 Asano, Kokurakita-Ku Aru Aru City 5F, 6F, Kitakyushu Fukuoka Prefecture

    The Kitakyushu Manga Museum (北九州市漫画ミュージアム) introduces the history of manga (Japanese comics) with a focus on artists who have affiliations to Kitakyushu City. One of the more famous artists featured at the museum is Matsumoto Leiji, whose best known works include the Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999 series.

    The museum occupies the fifth and sixth floors of Aru-Aru City, a mall devoted to all things related to manga and anime, games and idol group paraphernalia. A permanent exhibition occupies the sixth floor of the mall, while temporary exhibitions can be found on the fifth floor.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: TOTO Museum, 2-1-1 Nakashima, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu 802-8601 Fukuoka Prefecture

    The TOTO Museum (TOTO ミュージアム, Tōtō Museum) in Kitakyushu was opened on the occasion of the company's 100th anniversary and showcases the evolution of the business and its products. The elegant two-story building stands on the grounds of the company headquarters, has a showroom on the first floor and the museum on the second floor.

    The museum leads visitors through the history of TOTO, beginning with the first ceramic flush toilet seat developed in 1914 and the company's formal establishment in 1917 as a pioneer player in the ceramic sanitation industry at a time when most of Japan was still without a sewerage system. Old toilet seats are on display, as well as exquisite porcelain tableware that the company used to produce as a side business in the past.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom, 2-2-46 Kawachi, Yawatahigashi-ku, Kitakyushu 805-0045 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Kawachi Wisteria Garden (河内藤園, Kawachi Fujien) is a private garden in the wooded hills south of central Kitakyushu, famous for its spectacularly presented, large numbers of wisteria flowers. The garden is opened to the public seasonally during the wisteria season which usually peaks around late April to early May and during the maple leaf season in autumn.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Mount Sarakura Visitor Center, 2664-1 Okura, Yahatahigashi-Ku, Kitakyushu 805-0048 Fukuoka Prefecture

    A 2,041 ft. mountain in Yahatahigashi, I've been here three times with different people in different seasons. Once I went with my family on a Sunday morning, it was nice and windy, while eating bread and sipping coffee, we watched paragliders from a distance. The second time I went with friends for a simple night time drive up to the mountain. The view overlooking the city at night is spectacular. I've even heard that it's now one of the new three major night views of Japan. Third time, I went with a significant other and it was in winter, everything was blanketed in snow. So no matter what time or season you visit here, it will be beautiful no matter what. You can come up via the cable car, drive up or I hear even some people hike up—the view will still be scenic whether the leaves are green, red or speckled with white. There's an observation deck up top as well as a restaurant.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kanmon Kaikyo, Moji-Ku, Kitakyushu 801-0000 Fukuoka Prefecture

    This is the bridge that connects Kitakyushu to Shimonoseki. Kanmon Bridge is very picturesque, it's a walk from Mojiko station but it's very scenic with the view of Kanmon Strait and boats sailing by, the skyline of Shimonoseki in the backdrop. There's also Norfolk square and a playground nearby and the underground tunnel that you can use to cross to Shimonoseki, if you don't want to take the ferry or drive through the bridge. You can also rent a bike to get around and also cross it through the underground tunnel, but you can only walk your bike as there is no biking allowed inside the tunnel. There's a line in the underground tunnel that you can stand on and be able to say—I'm at two places at the same time, A Walk To Remember style (if you've seen that movie). You'll be standing at Mojiko and Shimonoseki at the same time. Also, at two islands at the same time—Kyushu and Honshu island, because Shimonoseki is already part of Honshu island—one of the four islands of Japan. And if you're here during August, this is the place to go to for the summer fireworks. Every year Mojiko and Shimonoseki compete to have the most amazing fireworks display and it's a spectacular show with the two trying to outdo one another. Check out their official website.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hiraodai, Kokura Minami-ku, Kitakyushu 803-0186 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Hiraodai is a countryside park in the south of Kokura. If you really want nature, this is the place to go. The mountain views are breathtaking and the air never smelled more cool and fresh. I went with my friends and we explored the limestone caves. We went to the Senbutsu cave and you can get free slippers if you're wearing sneakers because your feet will get wet! It's like an underground river, it's chilly and dark and very fun, especially if you like spelunking or in general just like to go exploring. There's also mountain climbing and other caves to explore so one visit might not be enough. Afterwards we ate at one of the restaurants in the village zone, rode the cute train that goes around the park, went grass sledding (there's grass hills where you can use plastic sleds to go down on) and then hung outside in the wild side grass and took photos.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Green Park, 1006 Takenami, Wakamatsu-Ku, Kitakyushu 808-0121 Fukuoka Prefecture

    I'd also like to add that Kitakyushu also has its own airport. It's very accessible, it's connected through five bus lines and there's car rentals and taxis. Whether you're flying in or out from domestic or international, you can go through this airport that's so clean with lots of restaurants--without the hustle and bustle from the really crowded and busier airports.

    So, there it is. And these are just my personal top ten, not including interesting museums, the friendliest people, the cleanest city ever, and so much more. Winter, spring, summer or fall—there's lots to do and see. Kitakyushu has won a place in my heart and just showcases how much Japan has to offer, and if you don't believe me, you'll just have to visit yourself!

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Tanga Ichiba, 4-2-18 Uomachi Ogurakita-ku, Kitakyushu 802-0006 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Tanga Ichiba is called the kitchen of Kitakyushu, and has a history of more than one hundred years. About 120 stores, which handles local seafood, vegetables and delicatessen, are lined up inside this traditional ichiba (market).

    Visitors should try the nukamiso daki, a Kokura dish consisting of sardine and mackerel cooked with nukamiso (*2). It is filled with umami (a sweet and salty flavor) and goes very well with rice. Nukamiso daki can be purchased at various stores in Tanga Ichiba.

    The Daigaku don, a type of rice bowl, has been attracting attention recently at this market. Visitors first buy a bowl of rice at Daigakudo, a restaurant located inside the market, for 200 yen. After obtaining rice, they visit the other stores to purchase toppings, return to Daigakudo, and eat.

    There are a wide variety of dishes to choose from, such as the aforementioned nukamiso daki, sashimi and yakitori. The price varies according to each establishment, but most dishes cost only a few hundred yen. Daigaku don has become a specialty of Tanga Ichiba, providing the opportunity for guests to visit various stores in the market and enjoy a delicious meal.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    This special tour will be conducted with a public transportation and cruising taxi as stated in the tour information, NOT including private vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at the meeting point on foot. If you need a private vehicle, please feel free to ask us and we will estimate an additional cost for you.Ports
    • 門司港ゲストハウス ポルト, 1-chōme-10-6 Higashimoji, Moji Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 801-0873, Japan
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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