Hino Ashihei’s Former Residence “Kahakudo”


Akutagawa Literary Award winning author Hino Ashihei hailed from Kitakyushu and lived at the “Kahakudo” residence from 1940 until his death in 1960. The name Kahakudo originated from the fact that Ashihei liked “kappa”, or Japanese water sprites, and named his residence to reflect that kappa lived there. In his study on the second floor, Ashihei wrote many stories set in Kitakyushu. His son, Tamai Chutaro, now manages Kahakudo, where visitors can hear various episodes about Ashihei’s life.

*About the Building: Kitakyushu City-Designated Cultural Asset
*Tours: Reservations required for groups
*Accessibility: Guide dogs permitted

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 808-0035 福岡県北九州市若松区白山1-16-18
Address 1-16-18 Hakusan, Wakamatsu Ward, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 093-771-0124(北九州市・市民文化スポーツ局文化部文化企画課)
Contact Cultural Asset Preservation Control Division, Kitakyushu City Education Board
Fax Number 093-771-0124
Open 10am - 4:30pm
Closed Mondays (The following day in the event of a scheduled or National Holiday) and December 29 through January 3
Car Park Available; 5 vehicles
Access By train - A 5 minute walk from JR Wakamatsu Station on the Chikuho Main Line
By bus - From JR Tobata Station on the Kagoshima Main Line, take the municipal bus to Wakamatsu Eki Mae stop; A 5 minute walk from there
By boat - A 15 minute walk from Wakato Ferry Terminal

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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