Former Moji Mitsui Club
Modern, art-deco building in service as a restaurant now
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 City|
|Access||Approx. 2 min. on foot from JR Mojiko Station|
|Tel||093-321-4151 (Mojiko Retro General Information)|
|Website||http://www.mojiko.info/3kanko/spot_mitui.html (in Japanese)|
|Hours||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Admission|| (second floor): Adults - 150 yen; elementary and junior high school students - 70 yen