Miscellaneous Information

Brief History of Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu, with the population of one million, was established in February 1963 by the equal-basis amalgamation of five cities; Moji, Kokura, Wakamatsu, Yahata and Tobata. In around 1600, Kokura Castle was constructed and the Kitakyushu area was prospered as a castle town.  In 1901, the Meiji Government initiated for the establishment of the government-managed Yahata Steelworks which was the largest steel company in Asia. Since then, automobile-related industries have been set up one after another.  Today, along with the structual changes in industry, high-tech indutries including industrial robots, IC-related products and biotechnologies are being generated in his area.

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& the Japanese Garden (see the picture on the venue page: 15 minutes walk from JR Kokura Station)

Opening hours: 9h00 – 17h00 (Entrance closed at 16h30)
open 7 days a week
Entrance Fee:  350 JPY

Used to be the Ogasawara Family’s residing castle and now is Japanese first

“Castle Pavilion”. The diorama of re-creation of Kokura’s Castle town and

other displays represent Japan’s high technology.


Mojiko Retro

Moji Port is remembered in history for its once flourishing international trade.  The rows of buildings covered with
a nostalgic air give whole town an atmosphere of romance.
At the “Mojiko Retro Observatin Room” one can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the whole Kanmon Strait area from approximately
100 meters high.  The illuminations of the night view and more to the romance of the moment.

The Conference Center has direct access from JR Kokura station's North Exit ? a 5-minute walk.

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All International attendees at the 3rd Nano-Satellite symposium must have a valid passport from their country of origin to travel to Japan.