Discover Kitakyushu

Absorb the history of the scenic Moji Port, visit Japan's vibrant graphic novel culture at the Manga Museum or take in the Kawachi Wisteria Garden... Kitakyushu offers plenty of things to do for all. 

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Kitakyushu

The easiest way to get around in Kitakyushu is by car, since many of the major sights and attractions are not accessible by public transportation. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Kitakyushu

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Fukuoka Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes


Rental cars:

How long to stay in Kitakyushu

We recommend staying here between one and two days.

Hotels in Kitakyushu

Flights to Kitakyushu

The nearest and most convenient airport is Fukuoka Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

Seasonal information


The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.


Scenic rides:

  • Sarakurayama Cable Car: click here for the official timetable

  • Wakato Ferry: click here for the official timetable

Festivals in Kitakyushu

There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.


  • Kuki no Umi Fireworks Festival

    • Date: July 20th

    • Time: 20:00 - 20:40

  • Tobata Gion Oyamakasa Festival

    • Date: July 26th until 28th

  • Wasshoi Hyakuman Fireworks Festival

    • Date: August 2nd

    • Time: 20:25 - 20:50

  • Kanmon Strait Fireworks Festival

    • Date: August 13th

    • Time: 19:50 - 20:40

  • Kanmon Yosakoi-Moji Port Festival

    • Date: August 24th

    • Time: 10:00 - 18:00

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Day trips from Kitakyushu

Geologically speaking the Akiyoshidai Plateau is truly something to behold. 300 million years ago this place used to be a coral reef. Today, limestone shows itself across the landscape of ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 44.43

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Tsunoshima Island is an island connected to the mainland by a bridge. You are free to explore its romantic beaches and famous Makizakikazeno and Sezakiyono Parks. 

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Distance, km: 46.48

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Yamaguchi is home to some great historical temples as well as hot springs. As if that is not enough, you can also visit the Nakahara Memorial Museum or the Yamaguchu ...

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Distance, km: 51.64

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Dazaifu is famous for its awe-inspiring shrines. Many Japanese students pray here for academic success. The Kyushu National Museum is also worth visiting. Hikers can go up to Mount Hōman and ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 61.60

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Fukuoka city is a mix of ancient temples, beaches, and modern structures. As it is the biggest city in the Japan's Kyushi region, it is has a strong bustling energy ...

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Distance, km: 64.53

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On the shores of the Sea of Japan you will find Hagi: a place for those looking for relaxation and peace of mind. The numerous hot springs, the Hagi sightseeing boat, Kasayama ...

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Distance, km: 65.00

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Although being a small town, Hita has much to offer those visiting. Head down to Mamedamachi shopping street to buy some local souvenirs, book a tour with the Sapporo Beer ...

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Distance, km: 68.98

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