Kitakyushu travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu lies in Japan's Fukuoka prefecture and has a population of roughly 1 million people. The prefecture itself has a rich history, and the conservation of the area's heritage makes it a wonderful place to visit, while experiencing some of the architectural marvels as well as the festivals is a must.

The Kitakyushu region is covered in a mountainous landscape and capped with a rich forest cover that leads up right up to the coast of the East China Sea. It serves as a gateway between the northern island of Honshu (Japan's largest) and Kyushu, where important trade goods arrive either by road, rail, or the port of Shin Moji.

With stunning shorelines and attractions to suit every taste, Kitakyushu weaves a magic all of its own on visitors.

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Kitakyushu is a year-round destination, although winters can get quite cold. Most of the attractions in this region such as museums operate all year round, however, the nature trails and the landscape in general change during winter. This is low season, and accommodation costs are usually more affordable compared to the summer peak. Cherry blossom season runs from March to April.

How to Get to Kitakyushu

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Where to Stay in Kitakyushu

Accommodation in Kitakyushu has fairly reasonable rates, with most hotels classified as 4-star hotels. They are hygienic, warm with a reliable air conditioning system, and have free WiFi. Most of the hotels, such as Arc Inn Kurosaki (comfortable rooms and excellent staff), Nishitetsu Inn (well-located spot), Hotel Harmony Cinq (featuring an on-site souvenir shop and terrace garden), and Hotel Port Moji (popular with locals) have a couple of levels, so when you book a room on one of the top floors, you can experience an aerial view of the region. Moji Ward and Kokura Ward (home to the castle) are well placed districts if you're looking for decent accommodation and good eating and shopping options. Tobata Ward is a bit more residential and is home to the Tobata Gion Yamagasa Festival, held every July.

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If you are looking to shop the latest trends, then the Riverwalk mall is your best bet. Located near the Kokura Castle along the Murasaki river, it is the ideal place for affordable clothing and accessories. Uomachi Gintengai Shopping Street is a good option for local wares and souvenirs.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

The Tanga Market offers a mouthwatering selection of all kinds of fresh produce and local delicacies. There is also a Costco in town and another decent supermarket within the Kokura Station building. As a guide, a loaf of bread is around JPY185.

Where to Eat in Kitakyushu

There is a myriad of restaurants in Kitakyushu that offer different food varieties alongside the portable kiosks that serve noodles and ramen. Teru Sushi's delicious sushi menu makes it popular with tourists. Other good eateries include Inakaan, which is renowned for its eel dishes, and Kollagen Sohonten, serving delicious hotpots and miso soup. Expect to pay between JPY3,000 and JPY8,000 for a meal.

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