Cultural Excursion


The ICEPL-Fall 2017 has organized a cultural excursion at Mojiko Area, Kitakyushu on November 7, 2017. The excursion will offer registered delegates an opportunity to experience Moji Port and nearby area, and learn its rich history and cultural highlights.

Space is limited (30 registered delegates only!), the registration fee is 1000 JPY (on-site payment, Including train and Entrance fee for Old Moji Mitsui Club and Mojiko Retro Observation Room).

Moji was one of five cities that merged to form Kitakyushu City in 1963. It is the closest municipality of Kyushu in proximity to Honshu. Moji Port (門司港, Mojikō) has been prominent as an international trading port since the late 19th century. Today, although main port activities have been moved to a newer location at Shin-Moji Port, Moji Port retains its relevance as a tourist destination with a flavor from the past thanks to several well-preserved Western style buildings from the Meiji and Taisho Periods.


Registration Form

Place: Mojiko Area
Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 8:50 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Front gate of Kitakyushu International Conference Center
Meeting time: 8:50 a.m.
Admission fee: 1000 JPY (On-site Payment)
Maximum number of participants: 30

Tour Schedule

8:50    Kitakyushu International Conference Center
Walk to Kokura Station
9:10    Kokura Station
9:18    Transport to Mijiko Station (by Train)
9:35    Mojiko Station
Walk to Kokura Station
9:40    Old Moji Mitsui Club
10:00  Walk to Mojiko Retro Observation Room
10:20  Mojiko Retro Observation Room
10:50  Walk to Mojiko Retro Port Area
11:00  Mojiko Retro Port Area
11:30  Walk to Mojiko Station
11:35  Mojiko Station
Transport to Kokura Station (by Train)
11:50  Kokura Station
Walk to Kitakyushu International Conference Center
12:00  Kitakyushu International Conference Center

One of these fine buildings is Mojiko Station, the oldest station on the Kagoshima Line. A leisurely walk from the station takes you to the several other historic buildings located in an attractive waterfront area. These buildings were initially constructed about a century ago to accommodate and facilitate flourishing businesses thanks to the thriving trade with the Asian continent. Some of them are open to visitors and house the likes of libraries, cafes, restaurants and museums.

Mojiko Station is undergoing extensive renovation works from September 2012 to 2019, during which the building is covered under a large scaffolding structure.


conference_1An eye-catching red brick building is the former Moji Customs Building; it now has an art gallery which is free to enter.

It is also hard to miss the area’s tallest building by far, at which the Mojiko Retro Observation Room is located 103 meters above ground, and provides good views of the port and the city of Shimonoseki across the Kanmon Straits. The history of the strait is commemorated at the Kanmon Kaikyo Museum, a modern museum along the water.

A romantic walk along the promenade by the sea takes you to Kaikyo Plaza, a shopping facility where souvenirs and local produce are on sale. Banana products are a specialty of Moji Port, which traditionally has handled imported bananas from Southeast Asia.