Invest Kitakyushu

Investment environment in Kitakyushu
Logistics infrastructure

Container · Ferry

Extensive Regular International Container Network

Kitakyushu Port is closely tied to predominantly China, South Korea, and Taiwan as well as other Asian ports. In addition to this, with feeder connection networks to other areas, is connected to the whole world.

As of March 1, 2015

Country Name/RegionNo. of RoutesServices/Month
South East Asia936
Hong Kong14

Tachinoura Container Terminal

Tachinoura Container Terminal

The historical and prominent container terminal in Western Japan.

Facility Overview

SectionTachinoura No. 1 Container TerminalTachinoura No. 2 Container Terminal
Service Start19791987
Length of Quay620m555m
Water Depth-12m-10m
Total Area of Terminal161,500㎡161,547㎡
Container Crane43
Straddle Carrier1813
Container Depot Capacity6,424TEU4,152TEU
Reefer Outlets (Volt * numbers)400Vx95400Vx96, 200Vx36

Hibiki Container Terminal

Hibiki Container Terminal

A container terminal with a deep water quay (-15m) suitable for large vessels.

Facility Overview

SectionHibiki Container Terminal
Service Start2005
Length of Quay350m x 2170m x 2
Water Depth-15m-10m
Total Terminal Area39ha
Container Crane3
Transfer Crane7
Container storage capacity22,464 TEUs in 4 vertical stacks
Reefer Outlets (Volt * numbers)400V x 324

Ferry/RORO shipping network

It is an environmentally friendly transportation network that can use modal shift allowing frequent transportation with large consumption areas such as Tokyo and Kansai areas as well as Nagoya.
The cargo transported by the coastal ferries and RORO vessels account for about half of the total cargo volume of Kitakyushu Ports.

Ferry network with Kanto, Kansai, and others

New Moji Ferry Terminal

New Moji Ferry Terminal

There are four daily services to Kansai (Osaka South Port, Izumi-Otsu, and Kobe) and one daily service to Kanto (Tokyo) and Shikoku (Tokushima) from Shinmoji, the largest ferry terminal in western Japan. (Ferries are operated by Hankyu Ferry, Meimon Taiyo Ferry, and Ocean Trans)

Larger Ferries

Larger Ferries

Kitakyushu Port is proud of its coastal ferry cargo handling volume which is the second largest in Japan. In addition, during 2015 and 2016, 8 out of their current 12 ferries were replaced with larger vessels, enhancing their carrying capacity.
Currently, the importance of sea transportation is increasing as the issue of truck driver shortage is becoming more serious.

Kokura Region (Asano)

There is a daily service from the Kokura area to Shikoku (Matsuyama). (Operated by Matsuyama/Kokura Ferries)

The RORO network – realizing transportation to the entire nation

Kokura RORO Terminal

Kokura RORO Terminal

There are two weekly services to North Kanto (Hitachi Naka Port) from Kokura RORO Terminal, near the city center. By transferring at Hitachi Naka Port, it is possible to transport from Kitakyushu to Tomakomai in Hokkaido. (Operated by Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha and Mitsubishi Chemical Logistics)

Freight rail transport network

Kitakyushu Freight Terminal Station

Kitakyushu Freight Terminal Station is the freight hub station of Kyushu, the principal point of connection between the Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Kagoshima regions and the Oita and Miyazaki regions.

The 24-hour system of the domestic transport network

The Kitakyushu Freight Terminal, a railway transportation base in Kitakyushu City, is designed to be time-efficient by adopting the Effective and Speedy Container Handling (E&S) method, where loading and unloading take place directly on platforms on main tracks. It is also one of the stations that can cater for long trains of 26 cars, and cargo of 40 ft. containers and up to 35 tons. With extensive services to other cargo stations all over Japan, it has realized a wide cargo distribution network.

Environmentally friendly rail freight transport

At Kitakyushu Freight Terminal Station, which has a dedicated platform for large maritime containers, Sea & Rail transport is taking place which takes advantage of the characteristics of Kitakyushu Port, which is a short distance from Asia by sea. Transportation by rail compared to the truck is said to emit one-sixth of CO2 emissions thus reducing the environmental burden.