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
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.
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
The roots of NISSAN is Tobata Casting funded in Kitakyushu in 1911.
The factory was commenced operation in 1975. Now TEANA, X-TRAIL ROGUE, SERENA
and MURANO are being manufactured. The process from assembly of the parts to final
products can be seen.
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
on the bus
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’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
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
The Plant making fresh water from sea water and sewage water established
●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 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.
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