Regional Information Kitakyushu city

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The information below is as of November 2017.

Kitakyushu City is located at the node of Kyushu and the mainland, and has a developed road network in three directions to the mainland, eastern Kyushu and western Kyushu. It also has east and west container terminals, facing Seto Inland Sea and the Sea of Japan, as well as a port for ferries, RORO ships and conventional ships, a 24-hour operating offshore airport and train cargo terminals. Logistics infrastructure for land-sea-and-air is available. As all types of transportation are available, intermodal transport such as Sea & Sea, Sea & Rail, Sea & Air are also possible


Thanks to the partial opening of the Higashi-Kyushu Expressway from Kitakyushu to Miyazaki in April 2016, accessibility from Kitakyushu City to the Oita and Miyazaki areas has been dramatically increased. The city has now become a junction of three expressways stretching to the Honshu island, the Western and Eastern parts of Kyushu, further enhancing its superiority in terms of access to the rest of Japan.

  • Kyushu Expressway: To Fukuoka: 40 minutes
  • Sanyo Expressway: To Ogori: 1 hour and 10 minutes; To Hiroshima: 2 hours and 40 minutes


Kitakyushu Airport is the only offshore airport in the Kyushu region operating 24 hours a day and provides cargo transport from early morning to midnight. Equipped with an apron exclusively for cargo aircrafts, the airport is able to address the transportation of large freight in large quantities and sea-and-air-freight. The airport operates cargo charter flights (B747F) to Western and Asian countries one or twice per month.

  • Volume of traded cargo: 8,451 tons (FY2016)
  • Number of passengers: 1,402,796 (FY2016)
Flight routes (as of July 2017) - Passenger flights:
Domestic flights
To Tokyo (HND): 1 hour 30 minutes; 16 flights per day
To Nagoya (NKM): 1 hour 15 minutes; 1 flight per day
To Okinawa (OKA): 1 hour 40 minutes; 1 flight per day (seasonal flight from July 2017 to October 2017)
International flights
To Dalian, China (DLC): approx. 2 hours
To Busan, South Korea (PUS): approx. 1 hour
To Incheon, South Korea (ICN): approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes


Kitakyushu Port provides services of international regular container shipment and closely connects to other ports mainly in other Asian countries, e.g., China, South Korea and Taiwan. As for domestic shipment, it also operates five ferry services every day from Shinmoji terminal, the largest ferry terminal in the Western part of Japan, to the Kansai, Kanto and Shikoku areas. As for roll-on/roll-off shipment, the port operates shipment of finished automobiles to and from Nagoya and other ports, while also operating regular routes to Hitachinaka Port, Ibaraki Prefecture, stretching to Hokkaido.

Volume of import/export containers: 470,000 TEU
Required time for ferry routes from Shinmoji terminal:

  • To Kansai area: 12 hours
  • To Tokyo: 35 hours


Kitakyushu Freight Terminal Station is a hub station, which is a node of the Fukuoka-Kumamoto-Kagoshima direction and Oita-Miyazaki direction. Employing the Effective & Speedy Container Handling System (E&S System) enables speedy container handling on the main line.

JR (Shinkansen)
4 hours 50 minutes to Tokyo
3 hours to Nagoya
2 hours 10 minutes to Shin-Osaka