Seven stars cruise train in Kyushu Japan called “Nanatsuboshi” now available exclusively by JTB The “Seven Stars in Kyushu” luxury train sets a new standard for train travel in Japan. With the rooms limited to a total of 14 suites, the train is a luxurious travelling hotel, coasting through the countryside of Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. This is a true “Cruise train”, offering the ultimate in comfort and...Read More
(Day 1 & 2) Honolulu – Fukuoka Despite the typhoon approaching on its way to Japan, we didn’t have much turbulence also no rain in Fukuoka. Yay!! First meal in Fukuoka – tonkotsu ramen (pork base soup). (Day 3) Fukuoka – Imari – Arita – Nagasaki We are in Saga pref. today and visit Imari and Arita town where it’s known for porcelain. As I get older I find myself admire and...Read More
Kitakyushu Industrial Zone was one of the four major industrial zones in Japan, after Keihin Industrial Zone, Hanshin Industrial Zone and Chukyo Industrial Zone.
Kitakyushu Industrial Zone, which is located mainly in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, has its origin in the Yawata Steel Works run by the government, built in 1901. Although this industrial zone used to be one of the leading industrial zone in the country, it gradually shrunk in accordance with the transition of Japan’s industrial structure from heavy industries to high-tech industries. And now, it is no more than the...Read More
The old mansion of Ito Den-emon, one of the well-known coal millionaires in Japan, and his second wife Yanagihara Byakuren is opened to the public in Iizuka City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Ito Den-emon, born in a poor family in present Iizuka City, Fukuoka Prefecture in the last part of the Edo period in the middle of the 19th century, grew up in adverse circumstances being left with his relative. Thanks to his father, who succeeded in the coal-mining industry, his life had gradually stabilized. After his father’s death, he took over the small family business to expand it into many large companies, making the...Read More
Although there are around 10,000 railway stations in Japan, few old station buildings of original shape can be found in that most station buildings were made of wood. From the view point of architectural value, Hamadera-koen Station in Sakai City, Osaka, and Nikko Station in Tochigi Prefecture are well known, however Moji-ko Station in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, as shown in the first picture, is regarded as the best in...Read More
“Kaho-gekijo” in Iizuka City, Fukuoka Prefecture is, together with “Eiraku-kan” in Toyooka and “karaku-kan” in Kosaka, one of the oldest existing theatres in Japan.
Iizuka City in Fukuoka Prefecture prospered as a hub of the coal industry in “Chikuho-tanden” coalfield. “Kaho-gekijo” theatre was built in the heart of this city in 1931 and is two-storied wooden building with *”Edo-kabuki” style. *Edo-kabuki style is an architectural style of “kabuki” theatre in the Edo period. Although it had almost gone out of existence in the 1970’s in...Read More