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Kaneiyahataseitetsusho Kyu Nihon Jimusho Chobo Space

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Kaneiyahataseitetsusho Kyu Nihon Jimusho Chobo Space

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Edamitsu, Yahatahigashi-ku, Kitakyushu 805-0002 Fukuoka Prefecture
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Private Tour - Explore the History of a Former Castle Town, Kokura!
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Private Tour - Explore the History of a Former Castle Town, Kokura!

Kokura still has many historic spots such as a castle, a castle town, historic streets, and traditional market but it also has modern structures like a commercial building, huge factories, modern market, and so on. You will appreciate the beautiful mix of traditional and modern life on this tour!<br><br> The attraction of the tour is a unique walk-and-eat experience at a market where monks of temples used to live. You will serve rice in a bowl and put a piece of raw fish, meat, and other side dishes yourself! <br><br> You will also visit a modern market, amusement district, Kokura Castle, a beautiful garden, and a hidden spot where you can have a panoramic view of factories in Kitakyushu!
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Case_11 wrote a review Feb 2019
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this attraction: a viewing platform where you can look at an old industrial administration building, even a UNESCO World Heritage listed one, doesn't sound very exciting. However, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found. The viewing platform is staffed by several guides, one of whom spoke excellent English and provided me with a good explanation of the history of the steelworks and the local area. I was also given a VR helmet, which displayed historic photos of the site, though the narration was only in Japanese. It's a shame that you can't visit the actual heritage listed building, but this is a very successful substitute which deserves to be better known. Combined with the huge decommissioned blast furnace near the Spaceworld train station and the nearby museums, Yahata makes a good daytrip from nearby cities for people with an interest in industrial history.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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