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Moji

At a Glance

Moji is the northernmost region in Kyushu, where you can enjoy remnants of its history as an international trading port like the Mitsui club, visited by Albert Einstein 1920s, or the Mojiko’s retro waterfront.

Festivals

Kanmon Kaikyo Summer Fireworks Matsuri Early August

Getting There

By Train: Head to Moji or Mojiko stations at the end of the JR Kagoshima Line.

Points of Interest

Adachi Ridge Trail includes the Komonji, Adachi and Tonoue mountains forming a 400-meter-high ridge with a trail extending from Kokurakita-ku all the way to Mojiko. Ask the Tourist Information Center inside JR Kokura Station for more information.

Mekari Park is at the northernmost point of Kyushu, and houses Mekari Shinto Shrine, Shiranoe Botanical Gardens, Waterfront Promenade and the one-kilometer undersea tunnel connecting Kyushu and Honshu. From Mojiko Station, take bus 74 heading for Mekari Park and walk towards the bridge. To get to the Mekari Promenade, walk across the Kanmon Strait’s undersea tunnel for about 20 minutes.

Mekari Shinto Shrine has a traditional Shinto rite performed here every year in the middle of the night on the lunar calendar’s New Year. The World Peace Pagoda and Shiranoe Botanical Gardens are also located here. See Mekari Park directions.

Mojiko Observation Deck offers an incredible view of the Kanmon Strait, Shimonoseki and Mojiko. Take the JR Kagoshima Line to Mojiko 10am-10pm (admittance until 9:30pm); closed irregularly four times a year. 1-32 Higashiminato-machi, Moji-ku. 093-331-3103.

Mojiko Retro District is a romantic harbor area with old European-style buildings, souvenir stores, restaurants and trendy coffee shops. You can take a ferry to Shimonoseki from the port (in front of Coco café). Also located here is Blue Wing Drawbridge, the only pedestrian drawbridge in Japan. Maps of the area are available at the station.

Mt. Tonoue is part of the Adachi ridge trail. It’s the highest mountain in Moji and there’s a great view of the entire ward from the top. It’s an easy half-day hike from Moji Station. From the main intersection in front of Moji station, cross the street and walk up the hill. At the large overhead pedestrian crossing, turn left. Walk down the road until you see Shin Moji expressway sign. Make a right at this intersection. Stay to the right and you’ll pass the Tonoue Shrine on your right. Watch for the Mount Tonoue sign (about 30 minutes).

Eating and Drinking

Beer’s Sun (Moji) is especially good for large groups. It has a wide selection of food and beers, including Sapporo’s black stout and pale ale. Try the half & half draft beer, a refreshing blend of stout and pale ale. Right next to Moji Station. 5pm-12am. 1-25 Naka-machi, Moji-ku. 093-381-0104.

Bee Honey (Mojiko) is famous for its 50 kinds of honey made from oranges, avocados, wild flowers, soba and more. Pick up a pot, and while you’re there try their seasonal spring sakura ice cream. From JR Mojiko Station turn right at the first road, then take the first left. Walk straight towards the water and you’ll see it on your right. It’s opposite the moored dining ship. 1F. 10am-8pm. 093-332-3720.

Center River (Mojiko) serves steak and hamburger steak in an old-fashioned steamboat on the harbor in Mojiko. It offers a set menu starting from 880 and coffees are only 100 with lunchtime specials. 11am-10pm (LO 9pm), lunch til 3pm. Tel 093-322- 3360.

Coco Cafe (Mojiko) has a patio facing the beautiful Kanmon Strait and a lovely atmosphere inside. From JR Mojiko Station, cross the street towards the Kanmon Strait and you’ll see it on the right. 11am-9:30pm; closed Mon. Sat, Sun and holidays til 10pm. Tel 093-322-5539.

Mojiko Beer and Restaurant (Mojiko) serves delicious lamb and vegetable hot pots on the first floor, or you can sip locally brewed beer and snack on pizza and other dishes as you overlook the Kanmon Strait.from the third floor. They have three microbrews including the 2002 Japan Beer Cup silver medalist. From the station cross the street and walk until you’re next to the sea. Turn left, and walk to the pedestrian drawbridge. The restaurant is just over the bridge. Look for the large beer sign. 11am-10pm (LO 9:15pm). 6-9 Higashi minato-machi, Moji-ku. 093-321-6885. http://mojibeer.ntf.ne.jp. 

Orgel Museum Cafe (Mojiko) on 2F of the Kaikyo Plaza serves a variety of desserts and waffles and a limited selection of mains. A nice spot for afternoon tea. 11am-8pm. Tel 093-322-3008.

Take-chan’s Yakitori Restaurant (Moji) offers regular yakitori fare as well as fish and vegetarian options available on request, served by the entertaining English-speaking owner. From Moji Station cross the main street toward Mister Donut. Turn left, follow the main street and turn right at the first corner. After about a minute, Take-chan’s will be on your right. Look for the red lantern hanging outside. 4-11pm. 093-371-2551.