Enjoy the present-day and the history! Tale of Kokura Then and Now

A chance to experience the old traditions of Kokura, a place that once flourished as the castle town of Kokura Castle, and at the same time discover “anime” which is a new culture. At the museum of TOTO, a company that had played a leadership role in the sanitary ware industry in Japan, you can learn the history of plumbing equipment in Japan and also try out the latest systems.
For lunch you will visit the Tanga market with 100 years of history and savour one of the local dishes.

Enjoy the present-day and the history! Tale of Kokura Then and Now

Complete Process :One day
Kokura Stationpic
Travel Time:About 15 min

WalkWalk:About 15 min

Kokura Castle / Kokura Castle Japanese Gardenpic
Travel Time:About 12 min

WalkWalk:About 12 min

Uomachi Gintengai (Shopping District)pic
Travel Time:About 2 min

WalkWalk:About 2 min

Tanga Marketpic
Travel Time:About 14 min


BusBus:About 14 min

TOTO Museumpic
Travel Time:About 20 min


BusBus:About 20 min

Aruaru Citypic
Kitakyushu Manga Museum (in the Complex of Aruaru City)pic
Travel Time:About 5 min

WalkWalk:About 5 min

Kokura Station

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Introduction to Spots
Kokura Station
Kokura Station is a Shinkansen Station with a large-scale commercial complex, and there are an array of souvenirs particular to City of Kitakyushu. You will be able to buy anything you have forgotten to buy during the trip lastly at this station.
Kokura Castle / Kokura Castle Japanese Garden
A landmark of Kokura, a castle town. The original castle was built by Tadaoki Hosokawa in 1602, and the existing building was rebuilt in 1959, which conveys what the original architecture looked like.
At the Kokura Castle Japanese Garden, apart from the appreciation of garden and the premises, you can also sample tea ceremony and other aspects of the Japanese culture.
•Open every day of the year
•Opening times: April ~ October 9:00 ~ 18:00, November ~March 9:00 ~ 17:00
•Location: 2-1 Jonai, Kitakyushu-shi
•TEL: 093-561-1210
•Entrance fee: General JPY 350, Junior high/ senior high students: JPY 200, Elementary pupils JPY 100
•Website of Kokura Castle :
•Website of Kokura Castle Japanese Garden :
Uomachi Gintengai (Shopping District)
This shopping district is the home to Japan’s first shopping arcade. The district is full of attractive stores ranging from drug stores, Japanese sweet shops and cafes.
Tanga Market
The “Kitakyushu’s Kitchen” is always filled with fresh local produce. The traditional appearance of the stores attract not only the locals but is highly popular among the tourists, and is always busy. The “daigaku donburi rice dish” is also a famous local specialty. You purchase a bowl of white rice, and you can top it up with various food you buy in the market. This enables you to easily savour fresh seasonal produce.
•Location: 4-2-18 Uomachi, Kokurakita-ku Kitakyushu-shi
TOTO Museum
The TOTO Museum, established as a commemorative project of the TOTO’s 100th
anniversary of the foundation. Visitors can have fun learning about not only “Toilet” but also the history of Japanese “wet areas” such as kitchen and bathrooms. There is also a showroom where you will find the latest lineup of goods.
The Museum shop sells some original branded goods, collaboration goods between TOTO and regional companies and etc. in which you may interest.
•Holidays: Monday / End of the year and the New Year / Summer Holiday Period
•Opening time : 10:00 ~ 17:00 * Entry by 16:30
•Entrance Fee : Free
•Location : 2-1-1 Nakashima, Kokurakita-ku
•TEL: 093-951-2534
Aruaru City
A commercial complex filled with anime, young entertainers, games and pop culture. Various events are held and attract many fans.
•Open every day of the year
•Opening time: 11:00 ~ 20:00 * Different in some stores
•Location: 2-14-5 Asano, Kokurakita-ku
•TEL: 093-521-9566
Kitakyushu Manga Museum (in the Complex of Aruaru City)
A venue where you can enjoy manga from various angles. Entertaining for both children and adults, there are introduction to manga artist who were born in the area, and booths that describe how manga is drawn or booths where you can play games relating to manga. One can forget the time at the booth where you are able to freely read around 50,000 manga books.
•Holiday: Tuesday
•Opening time: 11:00 ~ 19:00 * Entry by 18:30
•Entrance Fee: Adult JPY 400, Junior and Senior High School Student JPY 200, Elementary School Pupil JPY 100
•Location: 2-14-5 Asano, Kokurakita-ku
•TEL: 093-513-5077