A modern metropolis with a storied past.

Merged from five smaller cities in 1963, Kitakyushu is the gateway between the islands of Honshu and Kyushu—where the city sits on its northern tip. During WWII, the fate of the city could have been forever changed, if not for bad weather and smoke from the previous day’s bombing. It was the intended target of the Fat Man atomic bomb, but was passed over due to poor visibility in favor of Nagasaki.

Kitakyushu today is best seen from its winding seaside promenade at Moji Port. Once the industrial heart of the city, commercial buildings have been transformed into shops, restaurants, museums and more. Stop by the eye-catching red brick Moji Customs Building and tour the art gallery inside, or head to the top of the 31-story high Mojiko Retro Observation Room for uninterrupted views of the city and the port beyond.

Up for an eclectic adventure? Kitakyushu is home to one world’s most unique museums—the Toto Toilet Museum. From humble beginnings to modern masterpieces of Japanese design, this is one museum visit you won’t soon forget! For foodies, Kitakyushu’s local cuisine is a real trip. Challenge your palate with pungent ramen or warm up with a bowl of savory baked curry.

Having skirted disaster, this city is all about living in the moment. Explore Kitakyushu #AzaLocal with Azamara Club Cruises®.

Kawachi Wisteria Garden

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Kawachi Wisteria Garden

Kawachi Wisteria Garden

Stroll down two 100-meter-long tunnels draped in gorgeous wisteria flowers. Hues range from crisp white and delicate pink to rich purple. Climb to the top of a nearby hill to see this sprawling canopy and lush bamboo groves from above.

Kokura Castle

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Kokura Castle

Kokura Castle

The only castle in Fukuoka prefecture, Kokura Castle is a classic example of traditional Japanese architecture, and provides an intriguing contrast to the modern shopping center next door. Tour the relaxing garden and view delicate cherry blossoms in spring.

Manga Museum

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Manga Museum

Manga Museum

Explore the colorful history of Japanese comics and cartoons at the Kitakyushu Manga Museum. Step back in time through the “Manga Time Tunnel” and see works dating back to 1945.

Kitakyushu, Japan At a glance

Current Weather:
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19°C / 66 °F
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Current Time:
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Tuesday, May 22
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Japanese Yen
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Local Details:
GPS: 33°53'0.2"N 130°52'56.89"E
Size: 486.81 KM2 (187.96 MI2)
Population: 983,037
Density: 2,019 Pop/KM2 (780 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +81

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