Industrial Heritage tour in Kitakyushu
||Yawata was a rural village with a small population of agriculture
and fishing industry. And this place was decided in Parliament
as the Japan’s Modern Steel Works construction site in 1897.
At that time, there were no construction machineries, the Steel
Works was constructed with human power in just 4 years.
|In April 2007, based on this theme of “innovation,” the Kitakyushu
Innovation Gallery & Studio (KIGS) opened in Yahata, Higashida,
the first site of steel manufacturing in Japan’s modern age.
Japan’s steel industry began here in 1901.
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.
This office is a Witness who has been watching the history of industrial
modernization in Japan while also experiencing war. more …
|The western-style building of Art Deco style architecture which
was completed in 1927, and opened as an employee club
of the then-owned Yawata Steel Works. The Hall building
received the Kitakyushu City Architectural Culture Award in
The first-class civil construction heritage that triggered the
registration of World Cultural Heritage of Meiji Japan’s
Industrial Revolution. The Kawachi Reservoir was constructed
for the industrial water supply to Yawata Steel Works.
||Connected between Yawata and Tobata. Construction work took
three years, and completed in 1930. The most difficult and
hard work was making Miyatayama tunnel with a total length of
1180 m due to suffering from floods. The gates of the
Miyatayama tunnel are decorated with stately designs.
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