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Study tour in Kitakyushu


Kitakyushu is the best place for Study tour


The city of Kitakyushu is the birthplace of the modern Japanese steel industry which began

operation in 1901, and is now the world’s leading environmental future city after overcoming

serious environmental pollution while it contributed greatly to Japan’s industrial development.


Now it is called industrial and environmental city which is representative of Japan.

Therefore the various things can be learn such as manufacturing, environment, power

generation, waste treatment, recycling and water treatment.




 Where to visit

Manufacturing companies 


Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal / Yawata Works

Japan’s first modern steel making company established in Kitakyushu in 1901.  Now, becoming

the best steel maker with World-leading capabiities.  Process of steel making can be learned to

visit Blast Furnace and Hot rolling mill plants.


Yaskawa Electric

World-leading motor and industrial robots manufacturing company established

in Kitakyushu in 1915. The robots are heavy duty industrial robots used in welding, packing, assembly, painting and other activities.
Robot manufacturing factory and
Yaskawa Innovation Center 
can be visited.



The world’s largest toilet manufacturer established in Kitakyushu in 1917. 
The company is well-known in Washlet which is an innovative toilet seat
that features an

integrated bidet. The sanitary ware manufacturing factory and TOTO Museum can be visited



NISSAN Motor Kyushu

The roots of NISSAN is Tobata Casting funded in Kitakyushu in 1911.
The factory was commenced operation in 1975. Now TEANA,

and MURANO are being manufactured.  The process from assembly of the parts to final

products can be seen.


TOYOTA Motor Kyushu

Established in 1991, 100% shareholder of Toyota Motor.  Major manufactured car is Lexus,

and annual production volume is 430,000 cars.  Assembly line and Inspection line are visited

at the factory tour.



Environmental companies and facilities


Eco Town Center 

Eco Project information center that supports the Eco-town.  It introduces initiatives and activities

implemented in Eco-town to encourage people to proactively used the facility for such activities

as environmental study sessions and interaction amongst visitors.


Zero Emission Transportation System

The Electric bus driven by the electricity generated by a solar power generation, therefor no global

warming gases emitted from the bus. Operation of the system is commenced in 2015. 

The solar power generation plant, the power charging equipment and Electric bus can be observed.

       Solar Power Generation

                Electric bus

                 on the bus


Hibikinada Biotope

Japan’s largest Biotope, the Pradise of creatures made over the year in the waste disposal site.   

237 kind of birds including circus spinouts listed on the Japan’s endangered species and 284 kind

of vegetation have been confirmed in the Biotope of 41 hectares.



Power generation plants


Kyushu Electric Power / Shin-Kokura Plant

Kyushu’s first thermal power plant used LNG and power generation capacity is 1,800,000kw.  

Generation of electricity process can be learned by visiting the turbine room, control room and

boiler plant



The company have been supplying low-cost and reliable electricity for over 60 years.  

And research and development of the environmental measurement have been conducted.

New solar power generation and wind power generation systems can be learned.


Wind Power Generation 

Japan’s first wind power generation plant constructed at the coast line facing windy strong

Hibikinada sea. 10 wind power generators line up and total generation capacity is 15,000kw.  



Waste treatment and recycling companies and facilities


Plastic PET Bottle recycling / Nishi-Nippon PET Recycling

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are sorted by 
municipalities and recycled into pellets and flakes, which can 
be used as raw materials for polyester fibers and egg cartons


Melting Furnace  / Sin-Moji Plant 

The collected waste including metals is melted at over 1,700 degree Celsius in the Melting

Furnace and then the melted slag and metals are discharged.

The slag is used as raw materials for pavement and bricks and the metals are re-used for

other steel products. The process and technology of the Melting Furnace can be learned. 


Waste paper recycling / Kyushu Seishi 

Refined waste papers is recycled into toilet papers.
Sludge generated during the toilet paper production process is used to produce a

foaming inhibitor used by steel works.


Food waste recycle / Merry Corporation 

The food waste recycling company that the compost is being produced 

from food waste discharged from food factories, hospitals, restaurants

and municipal facilities.



Water treatment plants and facilities


Hiagari Sewage water treatment plant 

The sewage come through the sewer pipe is purified in the plant and flow

into the sea. There is an also new technology plant which the electricity is generated using the sludge from sewage. At the Visitor

Center established in 2015, sewage treatment process and technologies c

an be learned.

Water Plaza 

The Plant making fresh water from sea water and sewage water established

in 2011.
The desalination process and technology can be leared.

 World Cultural Heritage / Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution


The First Head Office of the Imperial Steel Works

Built in 1899, ahead of production facilities. It is an architectural fusion of Japanese and European design, a two story red brick building with

bilateral symmetry and a central dome set in a Japanese tile roof.

The steel-framed repair workshops 

Built in 1900. It was used for the fabrication and assembly of all parts

and the repair of machinery used at the Steel Works.  It is the oldest existing steel-structured building in Japan and, more than 100 years later, is still a repair shop. The facility houses its original travelling crane and it is still in use for maintenance work.

The Former Forge Shop

Built in 1900 using designs and steel products from the German steel manufacturer, GHH for the purpose of manufacturing forgings such

as large scaled spanners, chisels, hammers and stands for machine

mounting needed for the construction of the steelworks. 
The structure of the building is steel framing.

The Onga River Pumping 

Built in 1910 on the east bank of the Onga River.  It served, and still serves, to deliver industrial water to Yawata via an 11.4 km pipeline.

This supply is integral to the steel production process and was necessary to cope with the 1st phase expansion of the Imperial Steel Works.


Industrial Heritage


Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

The only one in the world, the Blast Furnace which was actually used until 1972, is preserved as it was.   This place is the birth place of Japan’s modern steel industry began in 1901 and It contributed greatly to the development of the Japanese steel industry.

Kawachi Reservoir

The reservoir for supplying water to Yawata Steel Works; the construction

took 8 years and was completed in 1927.  The concept of the designer Hisanori

Numata was “Civil engineering is an eternal monument”. The Dam in harmony 

with nature, is imaged European Castle. 

Minami Kawachi Bridge

The only bridge which exist Japan, the Lenticular Truss Bridge constructed over the Kawachi Reservoir in 1927.   It is called the symbol of Yahata harmonized with nature.  The old type design that cannot be seen now was applied;  all the connections of the steel structures were jointed by the rivets instead of the welding.














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