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Encyclopedia > Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
Kitakyushu City (北九州市)
District {{{District}}}
Prefecture Fukuoka prefecture
Region Kyushu
Island {{{Island}}}
Area 486.81 km²
Population (October 2005)
 - Population 993,483
 - Density 2,040.80 /km²
Coordinates 33°52′N 130°49′E
Elevation m
Postal code {{{Postal code}}}
Area code {{{Area code}}}
Mayor Koichi Sueyoshi
Kitakyushu City Hall
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 - Address 〒803-8501
Kitakyushu-shi,
Kokura Kita-ku, Jonai 1-1
 - Phone 093-582-2236
 - Website Kitakyushu City Hall
City Symbols
 - Flower tsutsuji (azalea)
himawari (sunflower)
 - Tree ichiigashi (Japanese beech)
 - Bird

Symbol of Kitakyushu City
Notes {{{ExtraNotes}}}

Kitakyushu (北九州市; Kitakyushu-shi), literally "North Kyushu", is a city located in Fukuoka prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. Map of Kitakyushu from Japanese wikipedia. ... The district (郡; gun) was most recently used as an administrative unit in Japan between 1878 and 1921 and is roughly equivalent to the county of the United States. ... The prefectures of Japan are the countrys 47 sub-national jurisdictions: one metropolis (都 to), Tokyo; one circuit (道 dō), Hokkaidō; two urban prefectures (府 fu), Osaka and Kyoto; and 43 other prefectures (県 ken). ... Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県 Fukuoka-ken) is located on Kyushu Island, Japan. ... The regions of Japan are not official administrative units, but have been traditionally used as the regional division of Japan in a number of contexts: for example, maps and geography textbooks divide Japan into the eight regions, weather reports usually give the weather by region, and many businesses and institutions... Kyushu region, Japan Kyushu (九州 kyÅ«shÅ«) is the third largest island of Japan and most southerly and westerly of the four main islands. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically); large version (pdf) The geographic (earth-mapping) coordinate system expresses every horizontal position on Earth by two of the three coordinates of a spherical coordinate system which is aligned with the spin axis of the Earth. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... The Metre (or Meter) is the base fundamental unit of length in the metric measurement system as defined originally by the French Academy of Sciences during the French Revolutionary–Napoleonic war era, and subsequently adopted by various successive International Standards Committees as the utility, elegance, and self-consistency of the... A postal code is a series of letters and/or digits appended to a postal address for the purpose of sorting mail. ... Japanese telephone numbering plan Country Code: 81 Area codes (市外局番 shigai-kyokuban) of selected major cities 011 Sapporo 022 Sendai 0242 Aizu Wakamatsu 025 Niigata 026 Nagano 028 (next digit 6) Utsunomiya 03 Tokyo 043 (next digit 2 or 3) Chiba 044 Kawasaki 045 Yokohama 048 Saitama (formed in 2001 by... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... Azaleas are flowering shrubs making up part of the genus Rhododendron. ... Binomial name Helianthus annuus L. The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant in the Family Asteraceae with a large flower head (inflorescence). ... Species Fagus crenata - Japanese Beech Fagus engleriana - Chinese Beech Fagus grandifolia - American Beech Fagus hayatae - Taiwan Beech Fagus japonica - Japanese Blue Beech Fagus longipetiolata - South Chinese Beech Fagus lucida - Shining Beech Fagus mexicana - Mexican Beech or Haya Fagus orientalis - Oriental Beech Fagus sylvatica - European Beech Beech (Fagus) is a genus... Made in inkscape by tracing over the citys symbol as found on the city website. ... A city designated by government ordinance, or Government Ordinance City (政令指定都市 seirei shitei toshi or 政令市 seirei shi) is a city of Japan that has a population greater than 500,000 and important economic and industrial functions, and that is considered a major city in Japan. ... Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県 Fukuoka-ken) is located on Kyushu Island, Japan. ... Kyushu region, Japan Kyushu (九州 kyÅ«shÅ«) is the third largest island of Japan and most southerly and westerly of the four main islands. ...


Together with Shimonoseki on Honshu the city is the major part of the Kanmon Straits area, which has a total population of about 1.3 million, and Kokura station in Kitakyushu is 20 minutes by shinkansen from the city of Fukuoka which also has a population of about 1.3 million. Shimonoseki (下関市; -shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan. ... todo mal de [ [ Shikoku ] ] a través del [ [ mar interior ] ], y noreste de [ [ Kyushu ] ] a través del [ [ estrecho de Kanmon ] ]. Es la séptima isla más grande, y la segunda isla populosa en el mundo después de [ [ Java (isla)|Java ] ] (véase [ [ lista de las islas de la población ] ]). < style=float del div... The Kanmon Straits (関門海峡 Kanmon Kaikyō) or Straits of Shimonoseki is the stretch of water separating two of Japans four main islands. ... Kokura Station with monorail tracks Kokura Station (小倉駅; -eki) in Kokura Kita ward is the main railway station in Kitakyushu, Japan. ... Shinkansen 0 Series at Fukuyama Station, April 2002 Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, March 2005 300 (Left) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station The Shinkansen (Japanese: 新幹線) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan. ... Fukuoka (福岡市; -shi) is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan, across the Korea Strait from South Koreas Busan. ...


The New Kitakyushu Airport opened on March 16, 2006. Bridge to New Kitakyushu Airport from the airport island The New Kitakyushu Airport (新北九州空港 Shin Kitakyūshū Kūkō, IATA airport code KKJ) has been built three kilometres offshore in the Suo Nada area of the Seto Inland Sea on an artificial island in the south of Kitakyushu, Japan. ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (76th in Leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Kokura Castle (Kokura-jō), April 2002
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Kokura Castle (Kokura-jō), April 2002

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Kokura Castle, April 2002. ... Kokura Castle, April 2002. ... Kokura Castle in Kokura Kita ward in Kitakyushu was built by the Hosokawa family in 1602. ...


Geography

Wards

The Kanmon Straits viewed from space, with Kitakyushu on the left and Shimonoseki on the right. The new airport is also visible.
The Kanmon Straits viewed from space, with Kitakyushu on the left and Shimonoseki on the right. The new airport is also visible.


Kitakyūshū has 7 wards (ku): Image File history File links Kanmon_Straits_from_space. ... Image File history File links Kanmon_Straits_from_space. ... The Kanmon Straits (関門海峡 Kanmon Kaikyō) or Straits of Shimonoseki is the stretch of water separating two of Japans four main islands. ... Shimonoseki (下関市; -shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan. ... A ku (区), translated as ward, is a district in a large Japanese city. ...

Kokura Kita-ku (小倉北区) Area: 39.27 km²
Kokura Minami-ku (小倉南区) Area: 170.25 km²
Moji-ku (門司区) Area: 73.37 km²
Tobata-ku (戸畑区) Area: 16.66 km²
Yahata Higashi-ku (八幡東区) Area: 36.36 km²
Yahata Nishi-ku (八幡西区) Area: 83.04 km²
Wakamatsu-ku (若松区) Area: 67.86 km²

Nakama city was to become the eighth ward of Kitakyūshū in 2005, to be called Nakama-ku, Kitakyūshū. However, the planned merger was rejected on December 24, 2004 by Nakama city's councillors, despite having been initiated by Nakama city. The reason is that as part of the merger the 21 councillors would be reduced to just three in the enlarged Kitakyushu city. Colour square for city ward maps: RGB(100,80,0). ... Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Kokura castle moat in Kokura Kita-ku In Japan, Kokura Kita ward is the north part of what used to be Kokura City before the merger of five cities to create Kitakyushu city in 1963. ... Colour square for city ward maps: RGB(20,80,40). ... Categories: Japan geography stubs ... Colour square for city ward maps: RGB(100,40,100). ... Mojiko station Moji ward in Kitakyushu is the former city of Moji which was one of five cities merged to create Kitakyushu city in 1963. ... Colour square for city ward maps: RGB(100,0,0). ... Tobata (戸畑区; -ku) is the smallest ward of Kitakyushu city. ... Colour square for city ward maps: RGB(0,40,100). ... A ward in Kitakyushu. ... Colour square for city ward maps: RGB(60,80,0). ... The large West Yahata ward of Kitakyushu includes JR Kurosaki Station, and JR Orio Station on the Kagoshima Main Line with several schools and universities nearby. ... Colour square for city ward maps: RGB(100,40,0). ... Wakamatsu is one of the wards of Kitakyushu city. ... Nakama (中間市; -shi) is a city located in Fukuoka, Japan. ... A ku (区), translated as ward, is a district in a large Japanese city. ... This ward does not yet exist. ...


History

The city's symbol mark is a flower with the kanji of "Kita" in the middle and five petals representing the five towns which came together to make the city in February 1963. The city was officially designated by government ordinance on April 1, 1963. A city designated by government ordinance, or Government Ordinance City (政令指定都市 seirei shitei toshi or 政令市 seirei shi) is a city of Japan that has a population greater than 500,000 and important economic and industrial functions, and that is considered a major city in Japan. ...


Kokura prefecture

Kokura prefectural office (September 2005)
Kokura prefectural office (September 2005)

Kokura prefecture was founded separately from Fukuoka prefecture in 1871 when the clan system was abolished. The old wooden-built Kokura prefectural office is still standing, though it needs a coat of paint, and it is now used as a medical clinic. It is opposite Riverwalk Kitakyushu. In 1876 Kokura prefecture was absorbed by Fukuoka prefecture. The city of Kokura was founded in 1900. ImageMetadata File history File links Kokura_kencho. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Kokura_kencho. ... Kokura prefecture The short-lived Kokura prefecture (小倉県 Kokura ken) was founded separately from Fukuoka prefecture in December 1871 after the clan system was abolished earlier that year. ... Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県 Fukuoka-ken) is located on Kyushu Island, Japan. ... Kokura prefecture The short-lived Kokura prefecture (小倉県 Kokura ken) was founded separately from Fukuoka prefecture in December 1871 after the clan system was abolished earlier that year. ... Riverwalk in Kitakyushu and the Kokura castle moat Riverwalk Kitakyushu is a prestigious shopping centre near Kokura Castle in Kokura Kita ward, Kitakyushu. ... Kokura (小倉) is an ancient castle town guarding, via its suburb Moji, the Straits of Shimonoseki between Honshu and Kyushu in Japan. ...


Kitakyushu city

The city of Kitakyushu was founded on February 10, 1963 and was designated on April 1, 1963 by government ordinance. It resulted from the amalgamation of five cities, Moji, Kokura, Tobata, Yahata and Wakamatsu, centred around the ancient feudal city of Kokura. February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... A city designated by government ordinance, or Government Ordinance City (政令指定都市 seirei shitei toshi or 政令市 seirei shi) is a city of Japan that has a population greater than 500,000 and important economic and industrial functions, and that is considered a major city in Japan. ... Mojiko station Moji ward in Kitakyushu is the former city of Moji which was one of five cities merged to create Kitakyushu city in 1963. ... Kokura (小倉) is an ancient castle town guarding, via its suburb Moji, the Straits of Shimonoseki between Honshu and Kyushu in Japan. ... Tobata (戸畑区; -ku) is the smallest ward of Kitakyushu city. ... Yahata is an area of Kitakyushu, in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. ... Wakamatsu is one of the wards of Kitakyushu city. ...


Lucky Kokura

Kokura was the primary target of the nuclear weapon "Fat Man" on August 9, 1945, but since the city was obscured by clouds and Major Charles Sweeney of the Bockscar had orders to drop the bomb visually, they moved on to Nagasaki, the secondary target, where they dropped their lethal weapon. Consequently, the expression "Kokura's luck" became common in Japan for escaping a horrible situation without being aware of it. A post-war Fat Man model. ... Charles W. Sweeney (1919 - 15 July 2004) was the pilot who dropped the A-Bomb on Nagasaki. ... Megane-bashi (Spectacles Bridge) Nagasaki ) (help· info), literally long peninsula, is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture. ...


Demographics

As of March 2005, the city has an estimated population of 998,999 and the total area is 484.18 km². The average population density is thus 2,063 persons per square kilometre. The population has steadily decreased in recent years. Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ...


The city has a much larger total area than that of Fukuoka which is only 340.03km². Fukuoka (福岡市; -shi) is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan, across the Korea Strait from South Koreas Busan. ...


Culture

Writers

Mori Ogai's house in Kokura Kita ward
Mori Ogai's house in Kokura Kita ward

The novelist Mori Ogai lived in Kokura for several years and his house is open to the public in Kokura Kita ward. He wrote Kokura Nikki (Kokura diary) here. It is a ten minute walk from Kokura Station. Mori Ogais house in Kokura Kita ward, Kitakyushu Photograph © Ian Ruxton, 3 April 2004. ... Mori Ogais house in Kokura Kita ward, Kitakyushu Photograph © Ian Ruxton, 3 April 2004. ... Mori Ogais statue at his birthhouse in Tsuwano-cho Mori Ogai (森 鷗外 / 森 鴎外 Mori ÅŒgai, February 17, 1862 - July 8, 1922) was a Japanese physician, novelist and poet. ... Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Kokura castle moat in Kokura Kita-ku In Japan, Kokura Kita ward is the north part of what used to be Kokura City before the merger of five cities to create Kitakyushu city in 1963. ... Mori Ogais statue at his birthhouse in Tsuwano-cho Mori Ogai (森 鷗外 / 森 鴎外 Mori ÅŒgai, February 17, 1862 - July 8, 1922) was a Japanese physician, novelist and poet. ... Kokura (小倉) is an ancient castle town guarding, via its suburb Moji, the Straits of Shimonoseki between Honshu and Kyushu in Japan. ... Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Kokura castle moat in Kokura Kita-ku In Japan, Kokura Kita ward is the north part of what used to be Kokura City before the merger of five cities to create Kitakyushu city in 1963. ... Kokura Station with monorail tracks Kokura Station (小倉駅; -eki) in Kokura Kita ward is the main railway station in Kitakyushu, Japan. ...


The writer Matsumoto Seicho [1] was born in Kokura. A museum dedicated to him is located in the city centre near Kokura Castle. Matsumoto Seicho (松本清張) (December 21, 1909 – August 4, 1992) was a prolific Japanese writer and journalist, awarded the Akutagawa Prize in 1952. ... Kokura Castle in Kokura Kita ward in Kitakyushu was built by the Hosokawa family in 1602. ...


The writer Hino Ashihei was born in Wakamatsu ward and his birthplace can be visited. Hino Ashihei (1907-60) was born in Wakamatsu (now Wakamatsu ward, Kitakyushu) and received the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for one of his novels, Funnyōtan (Tales of Excrement and Urine) in 1937. ...


Festivals

There are several local festivals (matsuri) held in the summer in various parts of the city, including the beautiful Tobata Gion Yamagasa festival in Tobata ward and the Wasshoi Hyakuman matsuri which brings all the festivals together for a grand parade and finale near the City Hall in Kokura Kita ward. This is a spectacular and hugely popular local Japanese festival (matsuri) which takes place every year in Tobata, a ward of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. ... Tobata (戸畑区; -ku) is the smallest ward of Kitakyushu city. ... Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Kokura castle moat in Kokura Kita-ku In Japan, Kokura Kita ward is the north part of what used to be Kokura City before the merger of five cities to create Kitakyushu city in 1963. ...

Hiraodai karst plateau in Kokura Minami ward
Hiraodai karst plateau in Kokura Minami ward

Hiraodai karst plateau in Kokura Minami ward, Kitakyushu - note the total absence of smokestacks and chimneys. ... Hiraodai karst plateau in Kokura Minami ward, Kitakyushu - note the total absence of smokestacks and chimneys. ... Categories: Japan geography stubs ...

Scenic spots

Hiraodai (平尾台) karst plateau and Mount Adachi (足立) in Kokura Minami ward; and Mount Sarakura (皿倉), and Kawachi (河内) reservoir in Yahata Higashi ward are all great walking areas with fine scenery.


Hiraodai includes the Shonyudo cave, where in summer you can walk for about one kilometre in freezing cold water.


Economy

Nippon Steel Corporation is still a major employer but the Yahata and Tobata plants are much reduced from the heyday of the 1960s. The Zenrin company known for its mapping and navigation software is based here, and so is TOTO, the biggest Japanese bathroom fixture manufacturer. Zenrin head office building in Riverwalk Kitakyushu Zenrin Co. ... Toto has several meanings: Toto was the name of Dorothy Gales dog in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, played in the movie by Terry, a Cairn Terrier whose name was later changed to Toto. Totò was an Italian actor. ...

Isetan department store
Isetan department store

The major department stores in Kokura Kita ward are Kitakyushu-based Izutsuya by the Murasaki river and Isetan, in front of the South exit of Kokura Station in the former Sogo department store building. Download high resolution version (480x640, 61 KB)Isetan (formerly Sogo) department store in front of Kokura station at New Year Photograph © Ian Ruxton, 5 January 2005. ... Download high resolution version (480x640, 61 KB)Isetan (formerly Sogo) department store in front of Kokura station at New Year Photograph © Ian Ruxton, 5 January 2005. ... Kokura Isetan in front of Kokura station, Kitakyushu Isetan (伊勢丹) (TYO: 8238) is a Japanese department store. ... Kokura Station with monorail tracks Kokura Station (小倉駅; -eki) in Kokura Kita ward is the main railway station in Kitakyushu, Japan. ... Sogo Co. ...


A smaller scale shopping centre called Cha Cha Town has been created by Nishitetsu bus company next to the Sunatsu bus depot in Kokura Kita ward. It is of course easily accessible by bus and there are lots of free concerts on the stage in the middle of the complex. "Cha" is part of the local Kitakyūshū dialect, and Cha Cha Town is popular with all ages. The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co. ...

Riverwalk Kitakyushu is the newest shopping centre in Kokura. It contains many brand name shops, a Starbucks restaurant (note - there is another Starbucks near Kokura Station), the Kitakyūshū studios of NHK TV, two theatres, a multiplex cinema and a branch of the Kitakyushu city art museum. It is next to the castle and to Murasaki river which runs through the centre of Kokura Kita ward. Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Kokura castle moat, with Izutsuya department store in back centre, on the other side of the Murasaki river Photograph © Ian Ruxton, 31 March 2004. ... Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Kokura castle moat, with Izutsuya department store in back centre, on the other side of the Murasaki river Photograph © Ian Ruxton, 31 March 2004. ... Riverwalk in Kitakyushu and the Kokura castle moat Riverwalk Kitakyushu is a prestigious shopping centre near Kokura Castle in Kokura Kita ward, Kitakyushu. ... Kokura Castle in Kokura Kita ward in Kitakyushu was built by the Hosokawa family in 1602. ... Riverwalk in Kitakyushu and the Kokura castle moat Riverwalk Kitakyushu is a prestigious shopping centre near Kokura Castle in Kokura Kita ward, Kitakyushu. ... Starbucks NASDAQ: SBUX (SEHK: 4337), is a large multinational chain of coffee shops, often serving pastries, popular in the US especially among students and young urban professionals. ... Kokura Station with monorail tracks Kokura Station (小倉駅; -eki) in Kokura Kita ward is the main railway station in Kitakyushu, Japan. ... NHK (日本放送協会, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai), or the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is Japans public broadcaster. ... The Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art is located in Tobata. ... Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Kokura castle moat in Kokura Kita-ku In Japan, Kokura Kita ward is the north part of what used to be Kokura City before the merger of five cities to create Kitakyushu city in 1963. ...


The Kitakyushu Science and Research Park is home to four universities and nine research organisations. It is aiming to become a centre for hi-tech research in Asia.


Transportation

Located at a strategic position on the south side of the Kanmon Straits, Kitakyūshū is an important transport hub for traffic between Honshū and Kyūshū and has a large port. The Kanmon Straits (関門海峡 Kanmon Kaikyō) or Straits of Shimonoseki is the stretch of water separating two of Japans four main islands. ... todo mal de [ [ Shikoku ] ] a través del [ [ mar interior ] ], y noreste de [ [ Kyushu ] ] a través del [ [ estrecho de Kanmon ] ]. Es la séptima isla más grande, y la segunda isla populosa en el mundo después de [ [ Java (isla)|Java ] ] (véase [ [ lista de las islas de la población ] ]). < style=float del div... Kyushu region, Japan Kyushu (九州 kyÅ«shÅ«) is the third largest island of Japan and most southerly and westerly of the four main islands. ...


Planes

The new 24-hour New Kitakyushu Airport opened on March 16, 2006. It is much larger than the previoud Kitakyushu Airport and offshore on an artificial island in the Suo Nada gulf in the Seto Inland Sea, near Kanda town. It will eventually be connected with Kokura Station by a new fast rail link. A new airline based in the city called StarFlyer began operations when the airport opened. Bridge to New Kitakyushu Airport from the airport island The New Kitakyushu Airport (新北九州空港 Shin KitakyÅ«shÅ« KÅ«kō, IATA airport code KKJ) has been built three kilometres offshore in the Suo Nada area of the Seto Inland Sea on an artificial island in the south of Kitakyushu, Japan. ... Kitakyushu Airport is a very small airport in Kokura Minami-ku, Kitakyushu, Japan. ... The Inland Sea and its major straits with the bay of Osaka (dashed) Formally named the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海 Seto Naikai), the Inland Sea is the body of water separating Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, three of the main islands of Japan. ... Kanda (苅田町; -machi) is a town located in Miyako District, Fukuoka, Japan. ... Kokura Station with monorail tracks Kokura Station (小倉駅; -eki) in Kokura Kita ward is the main railway station in Kitakyushu, Japan. ... StarFlyer (スターフライヤー) is an airline based in Kitakyushu, Japan. ...


Trains

Kokura Station owned by JR Kyushu is the penultimate stop on the Sanyo Shinkansen before the Hakata Station terminus and all Shinkansen services stop here. It is also served by local and express trains on the Kagoshima and the Nippo main lines. Within the city transport is provided by buses and a monorail line. Kokura Station with monorail tracks Kokura Station (小倉駅; -eki) in Kokura Kita ward is the main railway station in Kitakyushu, Japan. ... JR Kyushu Midori Express Train on Sasebo Line The Kyushu Railway Company (九州旅客鉄道,Kyushu Ryokaku Tetsudo) is one of the constituent companies of Japan Railway. ... Sanyō Shinkansen (山陽新幹線; Sanyō Shinkansen) is a line of Shinkansen high speed rail, connecting Shin-Osaka with Hakata Station in Fukuoka, and it is operated by West Japan Railway Company. ... Hakata Station (博多駅) is the main railway terminal in Fukuoka city, Japan. ... Shinkansen 0 Series at Fukuyama Station, April 2002 Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, March 2005 300 (Left) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station The Shinkansen (Japanese: 新幹線) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan. ... The Kagoshima Main Line (鹿児島本線) is a major part of the JR Kyushu rail network and runs between Moji-ko, in Kitakyushu, and Kagoshima, at the southern end of Kyushu. ...


Mojiko Station is the northern terminus of the Kagoshima Main Line (J: Kagoshima honsen) which is the most important line on the JR Kyushu network. Moji-ko station, January 2005 Mojiko Station (門司港駅) in Moji ward, Kitakyushu is the oldest station on the Kagoshima Main Line in Kyushu and the terminus for those going to and from Honshu by boat. ... The Kagoshima Main Line (鹿児島本線) is a major part of the JR Kyushu rail network and runs between Moji-ko, in Kitakyushu, and Kagoshima, at the southern end of Kyushu. ... JR Kyushu Midori Express Train on Sasebo Line The Kyushu Railway Company (九州旅客鉄道,Kyushu Ryokaku Tetsudo) is one of the constituent companies of Japan Railway. ...


The Kitakyushu Monorail links Kokura station efficiently and cheaply with residents and commuters in Kokura Minami ward. There are not many monorails in Japan. (There is one between Haneda Airport and Hamamatsu-chō in Tōkyō. It is called the Tokyo Monorail.) Kitakyushu monorail in party mood at New Year, 2005 The Kitakyushu monorail is run by the 北九州高速鉄道株式会社, (Kitakyushu Kosoku Kabushiki gaisha) known in English as the Kitakyushu Urban Monorail Co. ... Categories: Japan geography stubs ... Here is an alphabetical list of monorails in Japan: Categories: Japan-related stubs | Rail stubs | Transportation in Japan ... Tokyo International Airport (Japanese: 東京国際空港 Tōkyō Kokusai KÅ«kō) (IATA: HND, ICAO: RJTT) is an airport in Ota, Tokyo, Japan (35°33′8″N, 139°46′47″E). ... Tokyo Monorail (東京モノレール) is a monorail system connecting Tokyo International Airport to Hamamatsucho Station in downtown Tokyo, Japan. ...

The Trans-Dokaiwan ferry, usually called the Waka-To ferry, between Wakamatsu and Tobata
The Trans-Dokaiwan ferry, usually called the Waka-To ferry, between Wakamatsu and Tobata

The Wakato ferry beneath Wakato Bridge - it costs only 50 yen to cross from Tobata to Wakamatsu ward and vice versa, which takes just three minutes. ... The Wakato ferry beneath Wakato Bridge - it costs only 50 yen to cross from Tobata to Wakamatsu ward and vice versa, which takes just three minutes. ... Wakamatsu is one of the wards of Kitakyushu city. ... Tobata (戸畑区; -ku) is the smallest ward of Kitakyushu city. ...

Boats

Kitakyūshū is the largest ferry port in Western Japan. Ferry services operate between Kitakyūshū and Shimonoseki, Matsuyama, Tokushima, Kōbe, Ōsaka, Tōkyō, Ulsan (Korea), Busan (Korea) and city's isolated islands. The main ferry port is at Shin-Moji, but there are also ferries at Moji-ko and in Kokura near the station. The Pride of Burgundy, a P&O Ferries car ferry on the Dover-Calais route A ferry is a boat or a ship carrying passengers, and sometimes their vehicles, on scheduled services. ... Shimonoseki (下関市; -shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan. ... See Matsuyama (disambiguation) for other places having a name Matsuyama. ... Tokushima (徳島市; -shi) is the capital city of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island of Japan. ... Kobe (Japanese: 神戸市; kōbe-shi) is a city in Japan, located on the island of Honshu. ... Osaka Castle Location in Japan Osaka (Japanese: 大阪市, ÅŒsaka-shi, â–¶ (help· info)) is the capital of Osaka Prefecture and the third-largest city in Japan, with a population of 2. ... Tokyo ) (help· info), literally eastern capital, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and includes the highly urbanized downtown area formerly known as the city of Tokyo which is the heart of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... Ulsan, a metropolitan city in the south-east of South Korea, lies on the Sea of Japan (East Sea), 70 kilometres north of Busan at the geographical location 35°33′ N 129°19′ E. In the past the city operated as a major center of Korean whaling, which led to... Busan tower by night Haeundae beach at dawn, February 2005 Busan Metropolitan City, also commonly referred to as Pusan, is the largest harbor city in Korea. ...


Within the Kanmon-Kitakyūshū area, there are three commuter lines: Trans-Dokaiwan (Waka-To) Ferry, The Kanmon Straits Ferry, and The Kanmon Straits Liner.


Bridges

There are several bridges in Kitakyūshū and between the city and other places. The largest ones are the Kanmon Straits bridge (J: Kanmon Kyo) between Kitakyūshū and Shimonoseki (on Kyūshū and Honshū respectively) and the Waka-To Ō-hashi bridge linking Tobata and Wakamatsu wards. But there are also bridges over the Onga river (J: Onga-gawa) on the western border of the city. The Kanmon Straits (関門海峡 Kanmon Kaikyō) or Straits of Shimonoseki is the stretch of water separating two of Japans four main islands. ...


The present mayor Mr. Koichi Sueyoshi is very keen on building bridges and other major construction projects, having been formerly employed by the Construction ministry (Kensetsusho).

Miscellaneous

Reputation and Reality

Reality: A thoroughly modern city

Kitakyushu is now the most advanced city in Japan with regard to pollution control and recycling technology. In the 1960s it saw the birth of environmental protests in Japan, led by a group of housewives in Sanroku-cho, Tobata ward who were concerned that their washing always became dirty while drying on the lines. Now Kitakyushu advises sister cities such as Dalian on water purification etc. Water pollution Environmental pollution is the release of environmental contaminants, . Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) ,and nitrogen oxides produced by industry and motor vehicles are common air pollutants. ...   The international symbol for recycling. ... Tobata (戸畑区; -ku) is the smallest ward of Kitakyushu city. ... Dalian (Simplified Chinese: 大连; Traditional Chinese: 大連; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Ta-lien), or Dalny (during Russian controlled periods, aka Dairen during Japanese periods, or from Mid-century (Jointly administered by both USSR/PRC) formerly also Lüda or Luta), is the second of two strategic ice-free seaports on the Liaodong...


Kitakyūshū has an international conference centre and is very active in holding and hosting international conferences of various kinds, especially on the environment and education. A theme park called Space World is in East Yahata ward. There is a training centre of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) also. Theme Park is a simulation computer game designed by Bullfrog Productions, released in 1994, in which the player designs and operates an amusement park. ... Space World (スペースワールド) is a theme park in Yahata Higashi ward, Kitakyushu, created in 1990 by Nippon Steel when the company was downsizing its steel plant in the ward. ... A ward in Kitakyushu. ... The Japan International Cooperation Agency (独立行政法人国際協力機構 dokuritsu gyōseihōjin kokusai kyōryoku kikō) is an independent governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance (ODA) for the government of Japan. ...


The present Mayor (Koichi Sueyoshi) is the third since the city's foundation, and was elected in 1987. The Kitakyushu Renaissance [2] project began in December 1988 and is to finish in 2006.


Reputation: Outdated and inaccurate

Kitakyūshū has suffered unfairly from the unfortunate image and reputation - both domestically and overseas - of an industrial and heavily polluted city with many smokestacks, which it indeed was back in the 1960s when it was a major engine of the Japanese economy and local people took pride in the multi-coloured rainbows of smoke. As a result some superficial and ill-informed guidebooks have described the city as "hideous", "ugly" etc. - but nowadays this is becoming more and more outdated, and it was in any case never the whole story.


The city covers a vast area - it is the largest in Kyushu - and there are many unspoilt and beautiful areas which have never been touched by industry, especially in the southern part. It has some of the best sightseeing spots in Kyushu. Kyushu region, Japan Kyushu (九州 kyūshū) is the third largest island of Japan and most southerly and westerly of the four main islands. ...


Radio

Cross FM started in Kitakyushu, and is now also in Fukuoka city.


Sister cities

Incheon Metropolitan City is a metropolitan city and major seaport on the west coast of South Korea, near Seoul. ... Dalian (Simplified Chinese: 大连; Traditional Chinese: 大連; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Ta-lien), or Dalny (during Russian controlled periods, aka Dairen during Japanese periods, or from Mid-century (Jointly administered by both USSR/PRC) formerly also Lüda or Luta), is the second of two strategic ice-free seaports on the Liaodong... Nickname: Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... Old Town neighborhood in Tacoma, with Mount Rainier in background Nickname: The City of Destiny Official website: http://www. ...

See also

Universities:

  • Kyushu Dental College
  • Kyushu Institute of Technology
  • Kyushu Kyoritsu University - Nakano Daisuke, the gymnast who won an Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004 (team event), is a student here.
  • Kyushu Women's University (Kyushu Joshi Daigaku)
  • The University of Environmental & Occupational Health
  • The University of Kitakyushu


Entertainment: KIT Tobata campus front gate (Seimon) on a national holiday Kyushu Institute of Technology (九州工業大学 Kyushu Kougyou Daigaku) is one of the 89 national universities in Japan. ... The University of Kitakyushu (founded in 1946) is a public university in Kitakyushu. ...

  • Kokura Race course (Kokura keibajo)
  • Media Dome, Kokura
  • Honjo stadium

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
  • Travel guide to Kitakyushu from Wikitravel
  • Official website in Japanese
  • Official website in English
  • Kitakyushu page of Fukuoka Prefecture Tourism Association website
  • Kitakyushu Science and Research Park
  • CCA Kitakyushu
  • Kitakyushu Film Commission
  • Kitakyushu International Association produces Himawari - a monthly newsletter
  • Kitakyushu Kicks - an unofficial English language website about Kitakyushu
  • www.e-you.biz - a website for foreigners in Kitakyushu
  • Kitakyushu weather
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