Go around from Moji harbor station to retro area.
Entrance of Retro at Moji Port
The wooden building in a Neo-Renaissance-style was supervised by German engineer Hermann Rumschöttel. It remains until now and is an important cultural property of the country.
Currently, the station building is under large-scale preservation repair.
The next time you can see the appearance will be March 2018.
The bridge to the retro area
The Blue Wing Moji, 5 minutes’ walk from the Mojiko station is the biggest drawbridge for pedestrians exclusively.
We would like to go to the retro area through the blue drawbridge.
(Only when the ships pass by, the bridge opens and shuts)
This is the best location to view the retro town on the right and Kanmon channel on the left.
Indulging in the Mojiko port area
Mojiko is famous as the origin of “tatakiuri” and baked curry. As you become hungry after the exploration, you should try some. In the retro area, buildings specially designed in Taisho and early Showa era architecture still remain.
In the Retro Area, there are still some modern buildings from Taisho or Showa era.
During Meiji and Taisho period, the area prospered with trade with China, and some European ships ported there too. That is why, you can find a lot of influence from various cultures.
You can walk through the city while feeling the atmosphere of mysterious attraction which comes from the blended scenery of both old and new.
Mojiko special product, baked curry
This is an excellent product with soft fluffy cheese melted into hot curry.
There are baked curry shops everywhere so you might want to walk around to try and compare them all.
Just try going a little further from Mojiko Station
After the Mojiko Retro, we would like to recommend this “Mojiko Retro Train – Shiokaze-go” tour to anyone who still has time.
Connecting the Mekari area of Kanmon Straits and Mojiko Retro area, the train is operated during spring and summer vacations, on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from middle March to late November.
While feeling the wind from the sea proceed leisurely at a speed 15km / h or less.
Inside the Salty Breeze train car in the tunnel passage, you can lose your sense of direction. In the darkness, the fish painted in florescent light rises to the surface.
Isn’t that just like the depths of the sea?
In the last stop, you can enjoy a big panorama of the ships coming and going from the Kanmon Striats waiting at the Wakamekari Park.
The Kanmon Straits are within view.
Alighting from the Salty Sea Breeze train, if you walk just a little bit the Kanmon Straits are just below you.
Across the shore you can see Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi prefecture on Honshu Island.
Don’t be too surprised as to say “Huh? Honshu is really this close?”
The Kanmon Strait is known as the scene of the battle of Dan-no-ura, between the Genji clan and the Heike clan.
It makes me think about eternity.