Moji Port 門司港レトロ
A port with Western-influenced architecture from a past age of prosperity and modernization
Moji Port is home to numerous historic buildings that attest to its former prosperity. The area is particularly attractive at night, and many visit the area to see the buildings, which were built with the most advanced design and technology of their time.
How to Get There
Mojiko Station is connected to Kokura Station by the JR Kagoshima Main Line, 13 minutes away. Mojiko Station and the various sights around Moji Port are all located within walking distance.
A history of modernization
In 1889, the Mojiko Port Area was designated a Special National Port due to its proximity to China and its importance as a coal exporting hub. In addition, the Kyushu Railway opened, starting from Moji. Many financial institutions and merchant companies moved into the area, constructing modern buildings, and the port flourished.
As the coal industry and continental trade shrank, the area began to decline. However, many of the waterfront buildings survived the downturn.
The Former Moji Customs Office and the Former Osaka Shosen Building
The former Osaka Shosen Building was built in 1917. It is designed in the Secession style, which flourished in Germany and Austria in the 19th century.
These buildings have become symbols of the town, and the area is visited by some two million people a year. Some of the buildings are open to visitors and house libraries, cafes, restaurants, and museums.
Mojiko Retro Observation Room
These buildings have become symbols of the town, and the Mojiko Retro district is visited by some two million people a year. Some of the buildings are open to visitors and house libraries, cafes, restaurants, and galleries.
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