Night view and Burma udon
Moji-ku is a ward of Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. It is the former city of Moji which was one of five cities merged to create Kita-Kyushu in 1963. It faces the city of Shimonoseki across the Kanmon Straits between Honshu and Kyushu.
Moji was first made into a port by Suematsu Kencho with the financial backing of Shibusawa Eiichi in 1889. It was chiefly used for the transportation of coal, though there is a traditional song about the sale of bananas imported into Moji from Southeast Asia which survives to this day (Banana-no tataki-uri). Moji was also the departure point for many troops in the Russo-Japanese War who were ferried across to Korea.
Moji-ko Retro, which officially opened under this name as a tourist site in 1995, is a historical area centered on JR Kyushu's Mojiko Station, which is a replica of Rome's Termini Station and is designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The area boasts many interesting historic buildings. For instance, the former Moji Mitsui Club once hosted Dr. Albert Einstein and his wife when they visited Japan in the 1920s. Recent developments along the waterfront, such as the renovated customs building, a striking new hotel and a unique pedestrian drawbridge (Blue Wing) add to the charm of Moji-ko and make it a pleasant place for visitors to stroll.