Wakamatsu Minami Kaigan-dori Street overlooking Wakato Bridge is a retro promenade where modern architecture from the Taisho period remains.
The Former Furukawa Mining, Wakamatsu Bldg. can be called a symbol of the street and is a Renaissance-style building constructed in 1919.
Though at one point consideration was given to tearing it down, preservation and repair construction took place and it was renovated in 2004 as a central facility for exchange, culture, and tourism.
The exterior brick construction is lovely and appears even more attractive when illuminated at night.
Nearby are the Ueno Bldg. housing cafes and variety shops, the Tochiki Bldg., Former Gonzo Shed, and Sekitan Kaikan. Visitors can enjoy a stroll into the past that brings to mind the Wakamatsu of yesteryear.
|Address||Former Furukawa Mining, Wakamatsu Bldg.: 1-11-18 Honmachi, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu-shi|
Sekitan Keikan: 1-13-15 Honmachi, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu-shi
Tochiki Bldg.: 1-15-10 Honmachi, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu-shi
Ueno Bldg.: 1-10-17 Honmachi, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu-shi
|Opening hours||Former Furukawa Mining, Wakamatsu Bldg.: 9:00–17:00|
Sekitan Keikan (Mikadukiya): 9:30–19:00
|URL||Former Furukawa Mining, Wakamatsu Bldg.|
|Closed days||Former Furukawa Mining, Wakamatsu Bldg.: Tue., year-end/New Year's|
Sekitan Kaikan (Mikadukiya): Mon. (open when Mon. falls on a national holiday)
|Phone number||Former Furukawa Mining, Wakamatsu Bldg.: +81-93-752-3387|
Ueno Bldg.: +81-93-771-8700
|Fare||Viewing/resting is free|
|Access||Approx. 10 min. on foot from JR Wakamatsu Sta.|