Kitakyushu City was established in 1963 as a result of the integration of five cities: Moji, Kokura, Yahata, Wakamatsu and Tobata. Kitakyushu is the first city in Kyushu to accommodate more than one million residents, and the sixth municipality in the nation to become a government-designated city.
Surrounded by the sea on three sides, the city boasts of many beautiful natural settings, including the spectacular shoreline of the Seto Inland Sea National Park and the Genkai Quasi-National Park, in addition to Hiraodai Plateau, in its entirety designated a national natural treasure.
While maintaining many historic and cultural features such as streets in Kokura, a castle town during the feudal era, and Moji Port, which prospered in olden times as a hub for international trade, Kitakyushu has developed as a leading industrial city in Japan, focusing on the iron manufacturing and heavy and chemical industries. Although the city experienced severe environmental pollution caused by such industrial development, the public, businesses and the local government of Kitakyushu concerted their efforts to eliminate such pollution and regained their sound natural environment.
As a model environmental city in Japan, Kitakyushu City vigorously promotes various environmental measures and the development of environmental industries, while upgrading airport, port and other urban infrastructure necessary for future development.
Located at the north end of Kyushu, gateway to the mainland, Kitakyushu continues to develop as a hub for transportation, commerce and tourism, not only for Kyushu, but also for other Asian cities.
The University of Kitakyushu, established by Kitakyushu City, is one of the nations leading public universities.