What to Expect
First we ride monorail.
You can see the town scape of Kokura.
If you are lucky,you can ride a rapping car.
★Back alley walking
After getting off the monorail, we walk through back alley.
Japanese people from 40's to 60's feel nostalgia Showa era when they spent child hood(1955~1974).
Only local guide can take you to the back alley which still remains Showa retro townscape.
Let's explore somehow quaint and nostalgic alley!
★TOTO Museum(closed on Monday)
TOTO is a world leading manufacturer of plumbing products used in washing room, bathroom and kitchen.
Also it is famous for TOTO WASHLET which represent the very Japanese hospitality(shown below) in a toilet chamber!
When you stand in front of toilet, its lid opens automatically. Warm seat welcomes you.
After your business, comfortable warm water washes you.
At washing room, just only place your hands under the faucet, water comes out and wash your hands automatically.
TOTO museum shows you not only its history of plumbing products but also Eco-friendly cutting-edge techniques and their efforts.
I expect that you would be attracted by TOTO following Hollywood's stars.
It is a typical Japanese market with hart warming residents and more than 80 years history.
It was a residential area shopping center that most customers come from within a walking distance of 500 m (about 0.3 mile).
Recently, tasty reasonable price local food as well as shopping attracts tourists.
You can enjoy various kinds of local food, such as Udon, Tempura,Chanpon, curry, and so on.
★JR Kokura station
Its building has 14 floors above ground and 3 floors underground.
There are so many shops(including souvenirs) and restaurants.
If time allows,you can enjoy doing shopping and have matcha sweets and so on.