The Kokura Castle District is located in the center of Kokurakita Ward. In Katsuyama Park, the site of Kokura Castle, you can enjoy 300 cherry trees blooming in spring and red and yellow leaves of Zelkova trees surrounding the park in autumn. Crossing Murasaki River over Tokiwa Bridge to Uomachi, you will reach Tanga Market, well-known as a kitchen of Kitakyushu. This lively shopping arcade is bustled with local delicacies. This course includes a selection of popular sightseeing spots in Kitakyushu.
Kokura Castle was built in 1602 by Hosokawa Tadaoki.
This castle’s keep has a distinctive architectural feature called “karazukuri” in which the 5th floor is bigger than the 4th floor; at the time of its construction, it was the only castle of its kind in Japan.
In addition, it has a style of stone wall called “nozura-zumi,” which uses natural stone instead of quarried stone, and eight separate gates, such as the Otemon and Keyakimon.
There are also many things to see inside the castle itself, including a learning zone with introductions to the history and culture of Kokura Castle, and an observation zone with panoramic views over Kokura.
And it is also renowned for its 300 cherry trees, which bloom in spring, and the autumn colors of zelkova and gingko trees.
Mori Ogai was one of Japan’s literary greats, and he was posted to Kokura as Surgeon General of the 12th Division of the (former) Japanese Imperial Army. The residence was built around 1897 and is a Japanese style house made up of six rooms. It is believed that Mori Ogai mainly used an 8-mat room and a smaller 4.5-mat room on the south side. Currently an earthen floor room is used as a display space for materials such as his chronicles and other precious materials. The residence appears in the novel Tori (Chickens), and as you view the garden you can conjure up images of that era.