This building was constructed in 1921 as a reception and accommodation facility of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Japan's first general trading company.
The style of half-timbered wooden architecture has been adopted for this building, with wooden pillars and beams exposed.
Each room has a fireplace and mantelpiece, and door and window frames are decorated in the art-deco style.
The building is famous for Albert Einstein's praise of its beauty when he stayed there during his visit to Japan in 1922.
It houses a restaurant and a hall on the first floor, and the Einstein Memorial Room and an exhibition room focusing on Hayashi Fumiko, a famous Japanese female writer.
|Address||7-1 Minatomachi, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu|
|Opening hours||9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|Closed days||Open 365 days|
|Phone number||+81-93-321-4151 Mojiko Retro general Info|
|Fare||Charged for entering upper floor (Adults: 150, ES/JHS students 70) *20% discount for group over 30 people|
|Access||2min walk from JR Mojiko Station|