World Heritage in Kitakyushu
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 maintenance work.
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.