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 November 1, 2018

Country Name/RegionNo. of RoutesServices/Month
South East Asia520
Hong Kong14

Moji (Tachinoura) Container Terminal

Moji (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 Terminal16ha16ha
Container Crane43
Straddle Carrier1713
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)400Vx234

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 Osaka, Kobe, Tokyo, Tokushima and 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 Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and others

Shinmoji Ferry Terminal

Shinmoji Ferry Terminal

There are four daily services to Osaka/Kobe (Osaka South Port, Izumi-Otsu, and Kobe) and one daily service to Tokyo and 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 Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture). (Operated by Matsuyama Kokura Ferry)

The RORO network – realizing transportation to the entire nation

Kokura RORO Terminal

Kokura RORO Terminal

Kokura RORO Terminal has an international regular RORO services to Busan New Port 6 times a week. (Camellia Line)

Freight rail transport network

Kitakyushu Freight Terminal Station

Kitakyushu Freight Terminal Station (JR) 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.