Kitsuki is known as a “Sandwich town” “Slope town” “Little Kyoto” and a “Castle town". It is known for having Japan’s smallest castle, “Kitsuki-jo” ! Besides the castle, the ~17,000 person town is famous for its green tea, “Kitsuki-cha” and the “Kitsuki mikan” as well as the horseshoe crab (scary little critters). It’s a good day excursion type town!
JET LIFE IN KITSUKI
Kitsuki city has 3 JETs. One SHS, - servicing Kitsuki High School, and a SHS in Usa City. Two ES/JHS – one has 2 JHS, 6 ES. The other 1 JHS and 6 ES. We all have private unsubsidized housing, typically the JETs in the area have decent sized apartments, but some have rented entire houses on the outskirts of town(for the same price as apts)! We all have cars, because it’s impossible without them, buses are inconvenient. We all drive to our schools.
The good news is, we have a train station! It is serviced by all JR Kyuushu trains, and SOME Sonic lines (be careful). The bad news is, the train station is not close walking distance to…anything. Except a Lawson. But, you can hop on the local bus from the station and go right to the main street with City Hall, or to the Bus Terminal which is by the Tourist Center. You can also call a cab and ask for “Shiyakusho“ (city office) or the “Kankō sentā” (Tourist Center). Both are near the main part of town. There are also buses that go from Oita Airport, Fukuoka Airport and Shimonoseki Port.
Eating, Shopping and Entertainment
Aozora あおぞらーfamous for chicken nanban(L11am-2:30/D5:30-10pm)
Owatari おわたりーVery nice set meals, very fresh(L11:30-2/D5:30-8:30)
The commercial district – full of cute shops and eateries
We also have Wind Surfing and tea ceremony options galore.