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City of Kitakyushu
Kitakyushu is northern city in Kyushu.
Seven wards of Kitakyushu.
Coordinates: 33°53′N 130°53′E / 33.883°N 130.883°E / 33.883; 130.883Coordinates: 33°53′N 130°53′E / 33.883°N 130.883°E / 33.883; 130.883
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Fukuoka
Settled February 10, 1963
 • Mayor Kenji Kitahashi
 • Total 487.71 km2 (188.31 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2008)
 • Total 985,016
 • Density 2,019.68/km2 (5,231.1/sq mi)
  Calculated population
Time zone JST (UTC+9)

Kitakyūshū (北九州市 Kitakyūshū-shi?, meaning "Northern Kyūshū") is a city designated by government ordinance in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan. It was known as a region before neighboring cities grew together.[1]

It is a very important industrial city.[2] It has steel factories, coal mines and car factories.

In Japan, it is an important city in reducing pollution.[3] It also has an important recycling facility.

Kitakyūshū has a population of almost one million people.[2]

It is on the main Shinkansen line between Fukuoka and Tokyo.


The city was named Kitakyūshū in 1963, after five cities were made into one.[2] These cities were Moji, Tobata, Yahata, Kokura and Wakamatsu.[1]


Kitakyūshū has seven wards (ku):

Area (km2)
Japan WardColour 100x80x0.png Kokura Kita-ku 小倉北区 39.27
Japan WardColour 20x80x40.png Kokura Minami-ku 小倉南区 170.25
Japan WardColour 100x40x100.png Moji-ku 門司区 73.37
Japan WardColour 100x0x0.png Tobata-ku 戸畑区 16.66
Japan WardColour 0x40x100.png Yahata Higashi-ku 八幡東区 36.36
Japan WardColour 60x80x0.png Yahata Nishi-ku 八幡西区 83.04
Japan WardColour 100x40x0.png Wakamatsu-ku 若松区 67.86

Sister cities


Research institutes and graduate schools

  • Kitakyushu Science and Research Park(北九州学術研究都市)
    • Fukuoka University Institute for Recycling & Environmental Control System(福岡大学大学院工学研究科 資源循環・環境制御システム研究所)
    • Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology(九州工業大学 大学院生命体工学研究科)
    • The Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems/Information, Production and Systems Research Center, Waseda University(早稲田大学大学院 情報生産システム研究科 情報生産システム研究センター)

Universities and colleges

National University
Public universities
Private Universities

Related pages


  1. 1.0 1.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kita-Kyūshū" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 530.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kumssa, Asfaw. (2001). New Regional Development Paradigms, p. 113.
  3. Cruz, Wilfrido et al. (1998) Urban and Industrial Management in Developing Countries, p. 5.

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