Moji Port is home to a number of historic buildings that have survived and been preserved in pristine condition since the late 19th century. The area is attractive, particularly at night, and many visit the area to see the remarkably conserved buildings.
The port can be reached by train then on foot.
Mojiko Station is connected to Kokura Station by the JR Kagoshima Line (13 minutes). Mojiko Station and the various sights around Moji Port are all located within walking distance.
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. The port flourished, with a number of financial institutions and merchant companies settling in the area and constructing Western-style buildings, which were in vogue at the time.
The area went into decline after the end of World War II when the demand for coal fell. However, many of the waterfront buildings survived the decline.
The former Moji Customs Building, built in 1912, is a remarkable red-brick structure. The former Osaka Shosen Building was built in 1917 in the style of the Vienna Secession art movement that swept through Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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.
The area's tallest building is home to the Mojiko Retro Observation Room which, at 103 meters up, provides good views of the Moji Port Area as well as the city of Shimonoseki and the Kanmon Straits.