Meimon Taiyo Ferry “Ferry Kitakyushu II” entered service on the Shin Mojiko Port-Osaka Nanko route in Fukuoka Prefecture on November 29, 2015.
It is the successor to the Ferry Kitakyushu II, which operated from April 17, 1992 to November 27, 2015.
First-time passengers aboard the Osaka II may wonder, “How much does it cost?” What time does the ship depart? What is the interior of the ship like? Where is the boarding area? I am sure there are many things you are wondering about.
This time, we have actually boarded the ferry Kitakyushu II and would like to introduce the inside of the ship and what it was like to actually board the ship!
- 1. Ferry Kita Kyusyu II Vessel Introduction
- 2. Access & Boarding Terminal
- 3. Boarding Fare
- 4. How to make a reservation
- 5. Timetable
- 6. Lights out time
- 7. Ship Introduction
- 7-1. Entrance Hall
- 7-2. Free Wi-Fi
- 7-3. Information Center & Shops
- 7-4. Promenade
- 7-5. Restaurant with a view
- 7-6. TV Lounge
- 7-7. Kids' Room
- 7-8. Restroom
- 7-9. Game Corner
- 7-10. Vending machine corner
- 7-11. Coin lockers, cell phone chargers, pay phones, smoking room
- 7-12. Shower room
- 7-13. Bathroom with a view
- 7-14. Lounge with a view
- 7-15. Observation Deck
- 8. Passing times of the three bridges
- 9. To close
Ferry Kita Kyusyu II Vessel Introduction
- Overall length: 183 meters
- Gross Tonnage: 14,920 tons
- Cruising Speed: 23.2 knots (42.96 km/h)
- Passenger capacity: 713 passengers
- Cargo capacity: 105 passenger cars, 146 trucks
Access & Boarding Terminal
Osaka Nanko Port
Approximately 4 minutes walk from Ferry Terminal Station
The Ferry Terminal Station is directly connected to the Meimon Taiyo Ferry waiting area by a long covered walkway, so you can head there without getting lost, even on rainy days.
Walking straight down the passageway, you will arrive at the waiting room on the second floor of Meimon Taiyo Ferry.
The boarding counter is on the first floor.
Nankai Bus Nanko Ferry Terminal Station (bus stop)
Shin Moji Port Ferry Terminal
Take the free liaison bus (*reservations required) from the Shinkansen Exit (North Exit) of JR Kokura Station (approx. 40 min.)
The waiting area for the Meimon Taiyo Ferry liaison bus is located at the North Exit of JR Kokura Station.
The Meimon Taiyo Ferry bus stop at Kokura Station had neither chairs nor a roof to protect it from the rain.
If there were a roof or chairs that could be used as a landmark, it would be easier to be visible from a distance.
Transfer to the free shuttle bus from Mojiko Station, about 20 minutes.
If you want to use the free shuttle bus with a wheelchair, you need to call at least one week before boarding and tell them you will be using a wheelchair.
Timetable of the free connecting bus
|JR Kokura Station Shinkansen Exit (North Exit)||→||JR Moji Station Osato Red Brick Town Exit (North Exit)||→||Shin Mojiko Port Terminal|
|First A||14,240 yen|
|First J||14,240 yen|
|First B||14,240 yen|
|First S||11,840 yen|
|Private S||10,840 yen|
There are a total of 9 room types on the Ferry Kita Kyusyu II.
The boarding fee is included in the room rate.
If you book online, you can get a 20% discount on the fare. I was able to board the 8,640-yen Tourist for 5,890 yen with the online discount!
Meimon Taiyo Ferry offers several more web-only discount services that may be available at even lower prices.
Room rates vary depending on the time of year, so please check the official website in advance!
▼ Meimon Taiyo Ferry official website
How to make a reservation
Reservations can be made online or by phone from 9:00 a.m. on the same day two months prior to the boarding date.
Please note that online reservations must be made within 30 minutes of the start of the reservation or you will have to start over from the beginning.
▼ Meimon Taiyo Ferry official reservation site
Reservations can be made by phone at the Passenger Reservation Center.
Hours of operation for telephone reservations
9:00 to 18:30, all year round
▼ Meimon Taiyo Ferry Passenger Reservation Center
|Departure number||Shinmoji Port → Osaka Nanko||Osaka Nanko → Shinmoji Port|
|1st ship(17:00)||17:00 → 05:30||17:00 → 05:30|
|2nd ship(19:50)||19:50 → 08:30||19:50 → 08:30|
Walking passengers must complete boarding procedures 30 minutes prior to departure, and car drivers must complete boarding procedures 60 minutes prior to departure during normal periods and 90 minutes prior to departure during peak periods.
The one-way trip takes approximately 12 hours and 40 minutes.
Lights out time
Only in Economy and Tourist cabins, lights are turned on and off at certain times.
There was a sticker in the aisle of the ship that read, “Please be quiet after 10:00 p.m.” Please be quiet after 10:00 p.m.” stickers were posted in the corridors.
Lights on and off for Economy and Tourist cabins
|Departure number||OFF TIME||Lighting time|
This time I booked the second cheapest tourist type room on the ferry Kitakyushu II.
Tourist rooms are located on the 6th floor of the ship.
Tourist rooms have rooms next to each other, but there are curtains so that private space is maintained.
It looks small, but it is enough to lie down, so there was no problem.
However, since there is only one curtain, you may hear other people snoring, so if this bothers you, I recommend bringing earplugs.
The snoring problem depends on your luck, so pray for good luck (lol).
There was a shelf between the two beds that contained life jackets.
There were hangers, movable shelves, storage hooks, lights, electrical outlets, vents, and fixed drink holders.
There was no breeze coming in or out of the vents at all.
We spent most of our time with our backpacks and other baggage on top of our heads.
If you are concerned about the safety of your backpack, try using the coin lockers on board!
There is only one outlet hole, so I recommend bringing an item that can be extended.
I always have one just in case, so I used it with an extension.
With a small power strip, there is a light switch on the right side, so you can only expand up to 2 outlets, so it would be better to use a takoyaku wiring.
Since the power is up to 100V 560W, it seems that small 3-connection takko-shi wiring sold at 100 yen stores can be used without any problem.
Reference example of power
|Type C quick charger for cell phones||100W|
|Normal type charger for cell phones||20~30W|
|Single lens reflex camera||3~4W|
|Notebook PC (MacBook Pro)||67W|
The entrance hall is located on the 6th floor of the ship, right in front of the boarding gate.
Even during lights-out hours, the lights are always on except in the rooms, so if you can’t sleep, you can spend some time in the entrance hall.
Stairs in the center of the entrance provide access to the second floor.
The view is excellent and there is good access to all floors!
Wi-Fi is also available on board in the entrance and other public spaces!
There was free Wi-Fi on board.
Free Wi-Fi is available only in public spaces.
When I went back to my room with the Wi-Fi connected, the connection was interrupted.
By the way, free Wi-Fi is available for 30 minutes at a time, up to 3 times a day.
The number of accesses is reset at midnight.
The inconvenient thing about this Wi-Fi is that you can only use it for 1 hour and 30 minutes in a day, and you have to reconnect every 30 minutes.
A bit of a hassle ( ´ ▽ ` ; )
Information Center & Shops
Information Center & Shop Hours
|Departure number||Business Hours|
|1st ship(17:00)||16:00~22:00／4:30 ~ until arrival at port|
|2nd ship(19:50)||18:30~24:00／6:40 ~ until arrival at port|
The information desk and store are located on the 6th floor near the boarding gate.
If you have any problems on board, please ask at the information desk.
There is also a store next to the information center.
The store sold souvenirs of Fukuoka, instant ramen noodles, snacks, and other food items.
There is a water heater in the vending machine corner, so there were a few people who bought instant ramen noodles at the store and had a quick meal on the promenade.
The Promenade is located on the 6th floor.
The Promenade is a place to eat or take a short rest.
It is equipped with windows, so you can also enjoy the view outside the next morning.
Restaurant with a view
Opening hours of the observation restaurant
|1st ship(17:00)||17:00 ~ 20:00||4:30 ~ 20 minutes before port entry|
|2nd ship(19:50)||19:00 ~ 21:30||6:40 ~ 20 minutes before port entry|
The observation restaurant is located on the 6th floor.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the observation restaurant on board.
The restaurant is buffet style, all you can eat if you pay first!
Make sure you get a seat before you take your food!
The restaurant is spacious, and if you get a window seat, you can dine with a view of the outside during the voyage.
I will note the dishes that were available when I boarded the ship!
The dishes will change depending on the time of embarkation.
- Shio Yakisoba
- Sauce Yakisoba
- Chikuwa Tempura
- Kabocha and Edamame (pumpkin and soybeans)
- Potato, German Potato
- Mimigar (pig’s ear)
- Boiled Shrimp
- Aosa konnyaku
- Fried chicken stick
- Fried horse mackerel
With the 17:00 departure of the ship, only breakfast was not a buffet.
- 2 kinds of daily bread
- Egg dish
- Mini Jam
- Beverage (coffee, tea, milk, orange juice)
Observation Restaurant Rates
|Adult||child||Infant (4-5 years old)|
|Dinner buffet||1,600 yen||1,100 yen||500 yen|
|Breakfast||300 yen||300 yen||Free|
|Draft beer medium *Vending machine||500yen|
|Kurokirishima (Sweet potato Shochu) 200ml||320yen|
|Kurokirishima (Sweet potato Shochu) 900ml||1,100yen|
|Kuroisanishiki (Sweet potato Shochu) 200ml||320yen|
|Kuroisanishiki (Sweet potato Shochu) 900ml||1,100yen|
|Shiroshika (Nama Sake)||740yen|
|Wine (red and white)||1,260yen|
|Bottled beer (medium)||500yen|
|Hakudake (rice Shochu) 900ml||1,050yen|
|Gekkeikan (Sake) 180ml||380yen|
The TV Lounge is located on the 6th floor.
It is a rest area with a large LCD TV.
There were several people who spent time in the TV lounge during boarding.
The kids’ room is located on the 6th floor.
The kids’ room is great for those with small children.
There were also sofas for parents to sit on.
It is located near the entrance on the 6th floor, so it is rather easy to find.
Two restrooms, one for men and one for women, are located on the 6th and 7th floors of the ship.
Only one accessible toilet was located in front of the economy room on the 6th floor.
The game corner is located on the 6th floor.
There are several UFO catchers and slot machines set up, so it looks like a good place to pass the time ( ´ ▽ ` )
The game corner can be used at any time from departure to disembarkation!
Vending machine corner
The vending machine area is located on the 6th floor next to the boarding gate.
You can purchase sips, tea, alcohol, cup noodles, etc. from the vending machines.
There are vending machines on other floors as well, but cup noodles can only be purchased at the vending machine corner on the 6th floor.
Free drinking water is available at the vending machine corner, and I was able to quench my thirst with a disposable paper cup nearby!
There was also a microwave oven, so you can heat up the convenience store lunch boxes you brought.
Coin lockers, cell phone chargers, pay phones, smoking room
Near the entrance on the 6th floor are a smoking room, coin lockers, a safety deposit box, a cell phone charger, and a pay phone.
The safety deposit box is available free of charge, but storage is limited to small items such as wallets and cell phones.
Cell phone chargers compatible with iPhone and Android phones are available for 100 yen per 30 minutes.
Two smoking rooms were provided, one on the 6th and 7th floors and one on the 8th floor.
Inside, the rooms are simple and equipped with a pipe to sit on, an ashtray, a trash can, and an air purifier.
Satellite Public Telephone
First call (34 seconds) 100 yen
Additional call (60 seconds) 100 yen
100 yen Small (39 cm long x 35 cm wide x 45 cm deep)
200 yen Medium (53 cm (L) x 35 cm (W) x 45 cm (D))
300 yen Large (80 cm (L) x 35 cm (W) x 51 cm (D))
Shower room usage hours
|Departure number||Usage time|
|1st ship(17:00)||16:00~Up to 10 minutes before port arrival|
|2nd ship(19:50)||18:30~Up to 10 minutes before port arrival|
Shower rooms are located on the 6th floor.
Shower rooms are recommended for those who do not want to take a long soak like in the large bathrooms, but only want to cleanse their bodies!
The washbasin was equipped with a hair dryer.
There are only two hair dryers, so if there is a crowd, it is like sharing a hair dryer.
Turn the lever on the right side toward you to release hot water.
The deeper you turn it, the longer hot water comes out.
The shower room had body soap, conditioner, and shampoo.
There are no towels or other amenities, so you will need to bring your own toothbrush, change of clothes, and towels.
Bathroom with a view
Hours of use of the observation bathroom
|Departure number||Usage time|
|1st ship(17:00)||16:00~22:00 *CLOSED in the morning|
|2nd ship(19:50)||18:30~24:00／06:00~Up to 10 minutes before port arrival|
There is a large bath fu with a large window in the observation bathroom.
We recommend taking a morning bath in the early morning so that you can enjoy the outside view while bathing.
Lounge with a view
The observation lounge was located on the seventh floor of the ship.
The observation lounge is a resting spot where one can view the outside scenery from inside.
The lounge was furnished with a large window and several sofas and chairs.
There were fewer lights than in other areas of the lounge, creating a more relaxed atmosphere.
The observation decks on each floor can be accessed during the voyage.
During the voyage, the ship passes under the bridges of each prefecture, so you can see the bridges if you go out on the observation deck at the scheduled time of passage!
Passing times of the three bridges
|Departure number||Sea route||Kurushima Straits Bridge||Great Seto Bridge||Akashi Straits Bridge|
|1st ship(17:00)||Shin Moji Port→Osaka Nanko||22:30||00:45||04:10|
|2nd ship(19:50)||Shin Moji Port→Osaka Nanko||01:25||03:40||07:10|
|1st ship(17:00)||Osaka Nanko → Shin-Moji Port||23:50||21:35||18:10|
|2nd ship(19:50)||Osaka Nanko → Shin-Moji Port||02:50||00:30||21:05|
This time we boarded the Ferry Kita Kyusyu II, a new vessel of the prestigious Taiyo Ferry Co.
The interior of the ship was very clean, spacious, and comfortable, with a fresh design based on white and blue tones!
Even with breakfast and dinner included, we were able to board for less than 8,000 yen one way.
It was a real pleasure to be able to spend so much time in the lap of luxury on a ferry, and the large size of the ship meant that the boat did not rock at all, and I did not get drunk at all!
If you are planning to board the ferry Kitakyushu II, please be careful!
Have a nice boat trip!\(´∀｀*)/
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