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Kokura faces Kanmon Strait and was once a major hub for land and sea transportations. Due to its strategic location, many battles were fought to gain the land of Kokura. The castle was built by Mori clan in 1569, and went through several lords before being fully built by Hosokawa Tadaoki in 1602. It later became the home for Ogasawara clan until the 19th century, during which burnt down by local forces following an attack from the Choshu Domain. It was rebuilt in 1959 and now houses the Karakuri Theater and several interactive zones where you can enjoy and learn the history of the area.
2-1 Jonai, Kokurakita, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
April to October: 9:00 - 18:00 November to March: 9:00 - 17:00
Mar., Apr., Sep., Oct.
Kokura Castle is a symbol of the town that stood through the turbulent history of Kokura.
20 minutes from Kokura Station on JR Line or Kitakyushu Monorail.
5 minutes from Otemachi Exit on Kitakyusyu Expressway.
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