World Heritage in Kitakyushu (北九州の世界遺産）
World Heritage in Kitakyushu Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution
|Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding, and Coal Mining, are a
grouping of historic sites that played an important part
in the industrialization of Japan in the Bakumatsu and
Meiji periods. The sites were accepted at the 39th
UNESCO World Heritage session in 2015.
The four sites of Yawata Steel Works in Kitakyushu
area have been inscribed as Iron and Steel Industry.
First Head Office of the 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
Steel-framed repair workshops
|Built in 1900. It was used for the fabrication and assembly of a
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
Former Forge Shop
|Built in 1900 using designs and steel products from the
German steel manufacturer, the purpose of manufacturing
forgings such as large scaled spanners, chisels, hammers
and stands for machine mounting needed for the construction
of the steelworks.
|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.