We took a trip to Mojiko Retro District on the third day of our trip to Kyushu.
The Kanmon Strait separates the main island from Kyushu. This strait is where a number of major events in Japanese history occurred; there are many historical sightseeing spots and events here, such as the Mekari Festival. The Strait has long been a strategic point for marine traffic, and prospered from the Meiji era to the Taisho era as an international trading port. Presently, this area is one of the representative sightseeing areas of northern Kyushu. Major historical facilities in this area include such elegant western-style buildings as JR Mojiko Station, which has been designated a national important cultural asset, the Old Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. Building, highly praised as ‘the beauty of the port,’ and the Old Moji Mitsui Club, where Dr. and Mrs. Einstein once stayed. In addition there are a number of popular sightseeing facilities in the area, such as the KAIKYO DRAMASHIP, which specializes in the Strait and the Kyushu Railway History Museum, which is admired by railroad buffs. At night, buildings, ships and piers around the Port are lit up to create a fantastic scene. For visitors, the view from the observation room of Mojiko Retro District is a must-see. source:www.city.kitakyushu.jp
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