Posted by: Darrell | December 20, 2008

Kita Kyushu

The bridge that connects Kyushu to Honshu

The bridge that connects Kyushu to Honshu

Otherwise known as Kokura, Kita Kyushu is a small town located near at the north eastern tip of Kyushu Island where Kyushu meets Honshu. Generally more known as an industrial town, Kita Kyushu was the first stop on our Farewell Japan Tour. With the wonderful hospitality of Kenji and his family, we were able to travel around the city and really get to see what most other don’t.

A view of Kita Kyushu from Kokura Castle

A view of Kita Kyushu from Kokura Castle

One of the most amazing things to do while in Kokura is to walk underneath the Kanmon straight (underground and underwater) and straddle the line between Honshu and Kyushu. While only a short walk between the islands, the underwater feeling is quite surreal. The bridge above the straight the connects the island also provides a great picture. Kokura Castle was also another stop on our day trip and yielded magnificent views of downtown Kokura. While the sites were nice and city was quiet and peaceful, the evening spent with Kenji and his family was nicest part as we got to be part of a family one last time before Liz and I set out together on our journey across Japan.

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