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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.

The buildings of the Imperial Steel Works, Japan at Yawata Works are the surviving components of Asia’s first successful integrated iron and steel works: the State-run Imperial Steel Works opened in 1901.  It is located in the northernmost part of Fukuoka Prefecture, the north end of Kyushu, 8 km south

of Hibiki-Nada Seashore close to the continent of China.  
Their present-day setting is still a working industrial landscape set in the southeastern section of Yawata Works which, for over a century, has consistently maintained a leading role in the Japanese 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 

tile roof.


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. 


Onga River Pumping Station
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.



 - World Heritage