The second biggest town of one million population on Kyushu after Fukuoka, it was born in 1963 from a merger of 5 towns: Moji, Kokura, Tobata, Yahata et Wakamatsu.
Moji is the first town you encounter coming from Honshu island. In old days, the crossing of
Kanmon strait which separates Kyushu from Honshu had been made only with ships. Now, there are 3 tunnels
and one bridge: ordinary railroad, bullet train, express way and ordinary road. The latter is used also by
pedestrians and bikes.
Kanmon bridge for express way is 1068m long and opened to the public on November 14, 1973. Other routes
passing under the sea, it is the unique way to admire Kanmon strait.
Since then, the town had transformed itself to a military and industrial site. For this reason, at the end of the second world war, it was target of the second atomic bomb, but escaped from the annihilation, for the town was covered with clouds at the moment of a bomb drop.
After an insistence of inhabitants of Kokura, the castle was restored in 1959. Even if it is replica,
you can admire its strange architecture: the 5th floor is larger than the 4th one.