Itinerary Guide: The Best Places to Visit in Japan’s Kitakyushu City
Are you brave enough to walk inside the Senbutsu Cave?
Kitakyushu is a great place for travelers who love exploring the outdoors. If you’re thinking about spending a quiet day trip in the area, we suggest you drop by these spots. Follow our itinerary below!
Walk inside the mysterious Senbutsu Cave.
The Senbutsu Cave is said to be a few thousand meters long. Lighting is installed inside the cave for 900 meters. Traversing the cave is an adventure in itself since some parts of the pathway is barely wide enough for a person to pass through. And that’s not all, you’ll also be passing a river with a temperature of about 14 °C.
Feel the cool atmosphere while walking inside the cave!
Fun fact: This cave is a designated natural monument of Japan.
Senbutsu Cave is located at 3-2-1 Hiraodai, Kokura-Minami District, Kitakyushu City and is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-93-451-0368.
Enjoy authentic soba noodles at Hiraodai Sobadokoro En.
Hiraodai Sobadokoro En is a restaurant that was opened by four soba noodle enthusiasts in 2010. Mr. Yamagata, who’s part of this four, currently runs the store.
The Tempura Soba consists of six to seven seasonal ingredients.
One of their menu items is the Tempura Soba (¥1,300), which uses thin noodles that glide down your throat easily.
There is a fireplace at the Japanese-style tatami room.
The shop is located on a mountain that’s 420 meters above sea level.
Hiraodai Sobadokoro En is located at 2-8-7 Hiraodai, Kokura-Minami District, Kitakyushu City and is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It closes for the day once they run out of noodles. They are only open from the 1st Sunday of April to the 2nd Sunday of November.
Take an afternoon break at the famous Senbutsu Chaya.
Located at the entrance of Senbutsu Cave, Senbutsu Chaya is the ideal place for resting. The store’s specialty Karst Manju (¥100, ¥90 per piece for purchases over 10 pieces) has a fluffy dough and is filled with sweet potato paste. Their light meals, like Somen (¥500), is also very popular. This dish will be sold until September of this year.
The restaurant also has a souvenir corner.
From inside the shop, you can admire the gigantic Senbutsu rock and beautiful green scenery.
Senbutsu Chaya is located at 3-2-1 Hiraodai, Kokura-Minami District, Kitakyushu City and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-93-451-0368.
Try the drinks offered at Hitsuji Café.
Hitsuji Café is a secret hideaway that’s located on a silent path. Their specialties are Curry (¥1,200), which combines 15 different kinds of spices, and Syrup Soda (¥650), which uses seasonal ingredients. The shop is only open once or twice a month. When they’re open, they announce in via social media.
During the summer, the shop offers a blueberry-flavored Syrup Soda.
The furniture inside the store adds to the cozy vibe.
The owner, who manages an interior design company, designed the shop.
Hitsuji Café is located at 2-1-20 Hiraodai, Kokura-Minami District, Kitakyushu City and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. only once or twice a month. You may contact them at +81-93-982-4419 care of Hug Hiraodai Project.
Bask in the nature surrounding Hiraodai Countryside Park.
The Hiraodai Countryside Park is an experience-based park where you can enjoy grass sledding, woodwork, and camping among others. During summertime, the park holds events such as Blueberry Picking (every Thursday to Sunday from July 6 to September 1) and Perseids Meteor Shower Gazing (held last August 12).
Revel in the amazing green landscape and breathe in the fresh air!
You can also hold a bbq party here as long as you bring your equipment and ingredients.
Hiraodai Countryside Park is located at 1-1-1 Hiraodai, Kokura-Minami District, Kitakyushu City and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (March to September). They are open daily except on Tuesdays.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (18 July 2019)