Conference Venue



Kitakyushu International Conference Center

Address: 3-8-1 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka 802-0001

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Local Information


Things to see and do in Kitakyushu+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Kitakyushu is a large metropolis on the northern tip of Japan's southern island of Kyushu. Kita-kyushu covers an area of more than 483 square kilometers and has a population of more than 1 million.

Kitakyushu was formed in 1963 by merging the towns of Moji, Kokura, Tobata, Yahata with its main attraction of Space World and Wakamatsu.

Kitakyushu was the intended target of the second A-bomb in World War II but bad weather and smoke screens diverted the attack to Nagasaki.

Kitakyushu is the largest port in Kyushu, Shikoku, and the Chugoku region.

Known primarily as an industrial area, Kitakyushu was once among the most polluted places in Japan but is a now a government designated "Eco Model City".

For the visitor the areas of most interest are Kokura, Mojiko, Yahata/Space World, and Shimonoseki, across the straits in Yamaguchi Prefecture.


Getting To Kitakyushu+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Air----Kitakyushu Airport is a new airport built on an an artificial island and is unusual in that it operates 24 hours a day. Several airlines run scheduled flights to and from Tokyo Haneda Airport, but Fukuoka Airport is less than 30 minutes away by train and has flights from many more domestic and international airports.


Train----Kokura is the first station of the Sanyo Shinkansen in Kyushu and all trains stop here. It takes less than 5 hours from Tokyo, 3 hours from Nagoya, and a little over 2 hours from Osaka. The newly opened Kyushu Shinkansen connects to Kumamoto in less than an hour and Kagoshima in just over 100 minutes. From Kokura take the Sonic Limited express to Kunisaki, Oita & Beppu.

The Sanyo Line runs a fast shuttle to and from Shimonoseki. The Kagoshima Line and the Nippo Line connect to all areas of Kyushu. Within Kitakyushu the Monorail runs about 9km from Kokura Station to Kokura Minami.


Ferry----Kitakyushu is served by several long distance domestic car ferries. A daily ferry from Tokyo stops at Tokushima on Shikoku, There are several ferries from Osaka and one from Kobe, and a direct ferry from Matsuyama on Shikoku. There are also small passenger ferries across the narrow straits to Shimonoseki and also to some smaller nearby islands. There is a high-speed speed ferry to Ulsan in Korea.