Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, completed in 1974, was designed by world-renowned architect Isozaki Arata.
It boasts a unique and impressive exterior, somewhat reminiscent of a pair of binoculars.
In 1998, it was chosen as one of the best public buildings in Japan.
The building is located on a hill overlooking the city, and an observation deck within the premises provides one of the best places to gain a panoramic view of the area.
Nearby, you will find “Bijutsu no Mori Koen,” a park with wonderful walks that contains sculptures and outdoors exhibition spaces, enabling visitors to enjoy both nature and art as they stroll around.
In recent years, the museum has also been used as a movie location for such films as “Death Note” and “Toshokan Senso (Library Wars).”
(日本語) 西鉄バス 砂津行き乗車
The Library was designed by Isozaki Arata, one of Japan’s most renowned architects, and completed in 1974. It has the exterior and interior curves that are often a feature of Isozaki’s works, and has been used as a filming location for movies. When you enter the library the arched ceiling supported by curvaceous beams draw your attention. Choose from 500,000 books. In the general section are numerous novels and practical books, and you can find specialist books and materials in the Kitakyushu Repository. Study rooms are also available. In addition there is a mother-and-child library and an audio-visual center. It’s a great way to relax and spend your day.
West Japan General Exhibition Center is only a 5 minute walk from JR Kokura Station North Exit.
The center consists of two buildings: the Main Building, which has an area of 7,000m2, and the New Building, which has an area of 8,000m2. Both buildings provide a vast open space that can be divided into partitions according to the nature of the event. The kinds of events held here include anything from entertainment, such as game or character shows, to trade fairs, exhibitions, bazaars, fairs, and flea markets. The 3rd floor of AIM also has an exhibition hall and meeting rooms.
For some events, stalls are also set up in the space between both buildings, and the whole area becomes bustling with visitors.
Support for international events in an impressive building inspired by the sea
Kitakyushu International Conference Center is the core facility in the International Convention Zone, located in close proximity to JR Kokura Station North Exit.
This innovative building, inspired by a ship’s bridge and choppy waves, was designed by Isozaki Arata, one of Japan’s most world-renowned architects.
The wall facing the sea is made of glass, creating a wide open space that incorporates the maritime scenery. The Main Hall and International Meeting Room are equipped with facilities for simultaneous interpreting in 4 languages.
The center plays host to international conferences and meetings, and its small and medium-sized meeting rooms can be used for other corporate and private events.
There is also a restaurant with ocean views that is open to anyone.