About The Port of Kitakyushu

History and Role


The port of Kitakyushu acted as a node connecting Japan with Asian continent in the old days and played a great role in Japanese modern industrialization.
Today as the leading international trading port in west Japan and domestic physical distribution base, it continues to contribute herself to the industry and economic development of Kyushu and Yamaguchi area other than Kitakyushu city only. Furthermore, with the geographic benefits of proximity to the Asian continent it has become a main port to connect rapid growing Asian countries.

The City of Kitakyushu was the product of the merger of five independent municipalities which were Moji,Kokura,Yahata,Wakamatsu,Tobata in 1963.“Port of Kitakyushu” is the general name of three ports in City of Kitakyushu, that is “Port of Moji”-famous for international trade, “Port of Kokura”-famous for domestic physical distribution and “Port of Doukai”-famous for industry.

In correspondence with the earliest containerization (Tanoura container terminal built in 1971), today the port of Kitakyushu has been grown to a base of international physical distribution in west Japan centered on Tachinoura container terminal.

Since the Hibiki container terminal went into service in April of 2005, enhanced services have been provided.
Continuous investments of manufacturing industries have been active and the industries have formulated the production bases in Hibikinada area, where is the hinterland of Hibiki container terminal.
Reclaiming land from the sea in that area is still going on and accumulation of a wide variety of industries will be expected in the future.