Night View Heritage sites are screened and certified by the Japan Night View Heritage office through voting and on-site surveys by the office and night view meisters nationwide. There are seven certified night views in Kitakyushu. This is a tour of four of the night views that can be enjoyed through the year.
*Time required: around 4 hours by car using Kitakyushu Urban Expressway partway
Japan Night View Heritage in Kitakyushu Certified
2004: Mt. Sarakura, Mojiko Retro Observation Room
2012: Illumination in Kokura (only in winter)
2013: Mt. Takato Park
2014: Tobata Gion Matsuri (Festival), only three days over the 4th weekend every July
2017: Adachi Park
2020: Mekari Park Observation Deck No.2
You can reach Mt. Takato after passing through the illuminated Wakato Bridge.
The night view from the observation deck at the top of the mountain is dubbed a "jewel box hidden by Kappa, the water imp". You can see a beautiful nightscape of not only iconic spots like Wakato Bridge, Hibikinada Sea, and Mt. Sarakura, but also a variety of factories in Kitakyushu. It is as beautiful as a star-studded sky.
The top of Mt. Sarakura and the night view of Mt. Sarakura was recognized as a sacred place for lovers in April 2015. There is a sky dome and a heart-shaped monument where couples might see Ainoshima (the Island of Love) when they hold hands.
*Please check the official website for the operating hours of Mt. Sarakura Cable Car and Slope Car: http://www.sarakurayama-cablecar.co.jp/
Operating hours from September 2020
10:00-21:00 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays
10:00-17:00 from Monday through Thursday
This Observation Deck offers a magnificent view of the Kanmon Strait below, and is an excellent spot for photos of Kanmon Bridge.
Certified as a Japan Night View Heritage site in July 2020, it boasts beautiful night views of Kanmon Bridge and cityscapes of both Kitakyushu and Shimonoseki.