Study tour to Kyushu
Kitakyushu-city is Japan’s 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.
In addition, a lot of industry heritage including World Heritage sites can be visited.
2. Recommended companies and facilities
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.
NISSAN Motor Kyushu
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.
●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
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.
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
Wind Power Generation
Japan’s first wind power generation plant constructed at the
coast line facing windy strong Hibikinada sea.
10 wind power genetors line up and total generation capacity
●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.
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.
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.
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 can be learned.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
The site triggered the registration of the World Heritage.
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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