- Shinkansen Connections
- Other Lines From Kokura Station
- Kitakyushu Monorail Kokura Line
- Hotels near Kokura Station
Kokura Station 小倉駅
South side of Kokura Station
The main concourse of Kokura Station
Entrance to the Monorail Station from the main concourse of Kokura Station
Monorail leaving Kokura Station
The Nippo Line runs from Kokura down the east coast of Kyushu to Miyazaki, reaching the castle town of Nakatsu in 30 minutes, Beppu in 90 minutes, Oita Station in 98 minutes, and Miyazaki in four and a half hours.
All these times are by using the Sonic or Nichirin Limited Express trains. It is faster to reach Miyazaki by taking the shinkansen to Kagoshima.
The Kagoshima Line begins 10 kilometers northeast of Kokura at Mojiko Station, right across the channel from Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture. From Kokura it runs at times close to the Shinkansen Line though obviously times are much slower.
The Hitahikosan Line runs from Nishi Kokura Station, the first station just 700 meters west of Kokura Station, and actually the location of the original Kokura Station until it was moved to its current location in 1958.
The Hitahikosan Line runs pretty much directly south until Hita, passing by the sacred mountain of Mount Hiko. The times to Hita is between 2 and half and three hours, but slightly faster to take the Shinkansen to Kurume and transfer to the Kyudai Line.
The Sanyo Line terminates at Kokura and is basically a shuttle service between Shimonoseki on Honshu and Kokura on Kyushu, taking just 15 minutes.
Heiwadori Monorail Station, originally the terminal
Bus station at ground level of the South Exit of Kokura Station
Kitakyushu Monorail Kokura Line
Kokura Station is the northern terminus of the Kitakyushu Monorail Kokura Line. Opened in 1985 and now consisting of 13 stations along its 8.8 kilometer route.
Originally it ended at what is now Heiwadori Station just 300 meters south of Kokura Station but was extended to Kokura Station in 1998. It is primarily used by commuters but can be useful for visitors.
On the ground floor at the southern entrance to the station is the main bus station and also taxi stand. This entrance is the main entrance to the downtown shopping and entertainment areas as well as the primary tourist attractions in Kokura.
Tourist Information Office near the south entrance on the main concourse of Kokura Station
Statues of manga characters on the covered walkway leading to the Kitakyushu Manga Museum in Aru Aru City near the north entrance of Kokura Station
Shopping & Dining near Kokura Station
Like most major train stations in Japan, Kokura Station is a massive complex with all kinds of shopping, dining and entertainment services as well as several hotels close by.
A big Tourist Information Office is located near the south entrance, open from 9 am to 7 pm every day of the year. It has free WiFi and information and help in multiple languages. A smaller office is located near the north entrance, open from 9 am to 6 pm and closed over the New Year (Tel: 0935 41 4189).
The north entrance faces the modern development built upon the former port industrial area.
From the first floor covered walkways extend out to the massive West Japan Exhibition Center, the Asia Import Mart, Kitakyushu International Conference Center as well as the new Mikuni World Soccer Stadium.
Covered walkways with solar panels lead to a variety of sites in the development north of Kokura Station
Hotels near Kokura Station
There are a number of excellent hotels near Kokura Station. These include the three star Station Hotel Kokura and the Super Hotel Kokuraeki Minamiguchi at the south exit of the station and also three stars. Other accommodation options are the APA Hotel Kokura Ekimae and the four star Hotel Crown Palais Kokura. The station area also has a number of love hotels that can be booked online below.
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Kokura Station: Kokura Station in Kokura, the second largest station in all of Kyushu, is the main transportation hub for the city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture, northern Kyushu. There are shinkansen, JR and monorail connections.