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Kyushu Travel Guide

Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge

 

 Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge  

 

The only remaining lenticular truss bridge in Japan  ( lens type truss bridge), located at the south
side of Kawachi Reservoir and it was designed by Hisanori Numata.
This shape and color really harmonize with nature and become a symbol of the Iron town Yahata.
 

 

 Location of Kitakyushu-city

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Kawachi, Yahata-higashi-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station


 

 Featured tous in Fukuoka-prefecture  

 

・ Fukuoka-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kawachi Wisteria garden & Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city / UNESCO Industry Revolution one-day tour          

Kitakyushu-city study tour       

・ Kitakyushu-city hiking tour

・ Yanagawa & Dazaifu one-day tour

・ Itoshima one-day tour

・ Munakata & Fukutsu / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour  

・ Munakata, Oshiama & Okinoshima / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour

・ Toho village, Asakura and Ukiha one-day tour

・ Yoshii & Yanagawa Hina doll festival one-day tour

・ Kurume & Yame region one-day tour

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio

 

Museum of Industrial Technology

 

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. 

 

Various things related Industry technologies are exhibited ;

Exhibition Gallery shows items on the theme of technology development

World Heritage Gallery shows items related Meiji Japan’s industrial Revolution

At the adjacent workshop building, manufacturing experience can be done

 

Museum Building

World Heritage,

Meiji Japan’s Industry Revolution

Introducing Industry innovation

history of Japan


 

 Location of Kitakyushu-city

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 2-2-11 Higashida, Yahata-higashi, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

5 minutes walk from JR Space World Station

Open hours

9:00 to 19:00 weekdays

9:00 to 17:00 Sataurday, Sunday and National holiday

Admission fee No admission fee is required
Days closed evey Monday

 

 Featured tous in Fukuoka-prefecture  

 

・ Fukuoka-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kawachi Wisteria garden & Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city / UNESCO Industry Revolution one-day tour          

Kitakyushu-city study tour       

・ Kitakyushu-city hiking tour

・ Yanagawa & Dazaifu one-day tour

 Itoshima one-day tour

・ Munakata & Fukutsu / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour  

・ Munakata, Oshiama & Okinoshima / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour

・ Toho village, Asakura and Ukiha one-day tour

・ Yoshii & Yanagawa Hina doll festival one-day tour

・ Kurume & Yame region one-day tour

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 . Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address : AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Kitakyushu travel guide

 

Kitakyushu is the second largest city in Kyushu with a population of 940,000.

World leading Environmental Future city, and blessed with spectacular & stunning nature.

 

The city is the Industrial Innovation city greatly contributed to Japan’s Industrial modernization.

Now Kitakyushu offers a lot of sightseeing spots such as scenic beauty places,

UNESCO World Heritage of Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution , Industrial heritages,
placed introduce cultures of people living there, and various historic sites.  
 
The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natura feature surrounding mountain
and Seto inland Sea as well as Genkai Sea, and is located in the Seto Inland Sea

National Park, Kitakyushu Quasi-National Park ( Mount Sarakura and

Hiraodai Karst Plateau) and Genkai Quasi-National Park.

And the city is the Industrial Innovation city with many fascinating features.  
 
Three Major Night View of Japan from Mount Sarakura to be exprienced.
The beautiful night view is created by combination of industrial zones and rich nature areas.
The Night View is registered along with Nagasaki from Mount Inasa and Sapporo.
 
                                       The Three Major Night View of Japan  
 

 
Kitakyushu-city announced to Camp site of Wales participating in Rugby World Cup 2019.
 

Kitakyushu is also the best place of  Study tour in Japan, such as Industries, Manufacturing

Recycling & Waste treatment, Environment well as well organized proper management systemser.

 

 


 

 Featured Tourist Destinations  

 

 Kokura  

Kokura Castle  Kokura Castle Garden River Walk Kitakyushu 

Kitakyushu’s land mark, walking

distance of Kokura Stations

Former site of lord’s guest house

located next to Kokura Castle

A large commercial facility near  

Murasaki River & Kokura Castle

Tanga market  Uomachi & Kyumachi Kitakyushu Iron Tree

A typical Japanese market, 

the kitchen of Kitakyushu-city

A down town arcade shopping

streets to JR Kokura Station

Lighted up stack of Steel plant,

Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal

 


 

 Moji  

 

Mojiko Retro

The exotic district, developed 

as International trading Port  

Kanmon bridge

The suspended bridge crossing

the Kanmon Straits

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel

Only the place in the world,
can be crossed the strait on foot


 

 Higashida & Industrial Heritages  

 

Higashida district

Birth place of Steel Making

Industry in Japan 

First Head Office

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

Built in 1899, ahead of production

facilities

Higashida No.1 B. F.

It contributed greatly to the 

development of the Japanese

steel industry and was used until 1972

Yahata port

Japan’s Modern Steel Works

history started here.

Kurogane Railway

Dedicated railway for Yawata

Steel Works connected between 

Yawata and Tobata.

Innovation Gallery

theme of “innovation,” the 

Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery

& Studio opened in Yahata,

Higashida

Kawachi Reservoir

The first-class civil construction 

heritage. The triggered the 

registration of UNESCO World  

Heritage.

Minami Kawachi bridge

The only remaining lenticular 

truss bridge in Japan ( lens type

truss bridge) 

Onga River Pump Station

Built in 1910 on the east bank of

the Onga River. It deliver the

industrial water to Yawata via an 

11.4 km pipeline.


 

 Nature  

 

The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature, about 960,000 people are living

in the area spreding in river basins where surounding Sea and mountains.

The coastline belongs to Seto Inland Sea National Park and Genkai Sea Quasi-National Park

and also the city has Kitakyushu Quasi-National Park. 

 

Mount Sarakura

The best scenic beauty spot in Kitakyushu-city

Hiraodai Karst plateau

One of the three largest karst

plateau in Japan 

Kawachi Wisteria Garden 

Selected as a beautiful place

of the real world 10


 

 Study tours to Kitakyushu    

 

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.

Now it is called industrial and environmental city which is representative of Japan.

Therefore the various things can be learn here.

 


 


 

 Location of Kitakyushu-city

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address

City hall ; 1-1 Jonai Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

Cabinet designate city

Access

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka Airport in Fukuoka-city

100 minutes by a vehiclefrom Saga-city

160 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu

100 minutes by a vehicle from Yufuin

 

40 minutes by JR Express train from JR Hakata Station

19 minutes by JR Shinkansen (bullet train ) from JR Hakata Station  

Population 945,000            Pupulation density : 1.920 / km2 

 

 Feautured tours

 

Fukuoka-prefecture tours

・ Fukuoka-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kawachi Wisteria garden & Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city / UNESCO Industry Revolution one-day tour        

Kitakyushu-city study tour       

・ Kitakyushu-city hiking tour

・ Yanagawa & Dazaifu one-day tour

・ Itoshima one-day tour

・ Munakata & Fukutsu / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour  

・ Munakata, Oshiama & Okinoshima / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour

・ Toho village, Asakura and Ukiha one-day tour

・ Yoshii & Yanagawa Hina doll festival one-day tour

・ Kurume & Yame region one-day tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 

 
 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

First Head Office of the Steel Works

 

 UNESCO World Heritage, Site of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution  

 

The four sites of Yawata Steel Works in Kitakyushu area have been inscribed 

as Iron and Steel Industry.

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.

 


 

 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.

 

World leading rails producing

in the Steel Works

First Head Office building

registered on the World Heritage

Observation deck of the

World Heritage


 

 Location of Kitakyushu-city

 

 


 

 General information 

 

Address Higasida, Yahata-higasiku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu


 

 Featured tous in Fukuoka-prefecture  

 

・ Fukuoka-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kawachi Wisteria garden & Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city / UNESCO Industry Revolution one-day tour          

Kitakyushu-city study tour       

・ Kitakyushu-city hiking tour

・ Yanagawa & Dazaifu one-day tour

 Itoshima one-day tour

・ Munakata & Fukutsu / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour  

・ Munakata, Oshiama & Okinoshima / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour

・ Toho village, Asakura and Ukiha one-day tour

・ Yoshii & Yanagawa Hina doll festival one-day tour

・ Kurume & Yame region one-day tour

 


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897,  Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

UNESCO Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

 

Hidden Christian site is registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage

 

Japanese Christianity has a long history of continuing faith while coexisting with

Japanese traditional religion Shinto and General society.

 

Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith continued even during the ban on

Christianity.

Hidden Christian Site in NagasakiShimabara and Amakusa Regions bear unique

testimony to the tradition of people and their communities who secretly transmitted

their faith in Christianity while surviving in the midst of the conventional society and its

religions during the time of prohibition.

 


 

 Nagasaki  

 

Oura Cathedral  / UNESCO World Heritage

Basilica of Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan.

Built in 1865 under the supervision of the French priest Bernard Petitjean.

It was designated as a National Treasure in 1933 for its value as Japan’s oldest Gothic-style

Cathedral.

 

Entrance gate of Oura

Cathedral

Japan’s oldest Gothic-style

Cathedral building

Statue of Mary, at entrance of

Cathedral, installed in 1867


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan     

On February 5, 1597, Paulo Miki and 25 others were crucified for their belief in God on order
of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The martyrs including four Spaniards, one from Goa, India, one
Mexican and 20 Japanese demonstrated their spiritual unity despite differences in races, 
ages and professions.
 

Nishizaka hill, the site of

Martyrdom in 1597

The martyrs said that 

” All people, bless God ! ”  

The 26 Japanese martyrs have 

been canonized in 1862


 

 Sotome area Hidden Christian Site  / UNESCO World Heritage 

When he discovered the underground Christians, Petitjean realized that there were many

other Christians hiding in the Sotome region.

He appointed de Rotz as the parish priest of the Shitsu and Kurosaki districts.     

   

  Shitsu Church

  Former Shitsu Aid Centre

  The Statue of Mary


 

Urakami Cathedral

Originally constructed in 1895 as a brick Romanesque building, after a long-standing ban on

Christianity was lifted. When completed in 1914, it was the largest Catholic church in East Asia.

The atomic bomb dropped on August 9, 1945 explored in Urakami, only 500m from the

cathedral, which was completely destroyed. What remained of the cathedral is now on display 

in the Atomic Bomb Museum.

 

A replacement the Cathedral

was built in 1959

Ruins of destroyed Urakami

Cathedral are displayed

Ruins of destroyed Cathedral,

displayed nearby Ground Zero


 

 Shimabara  &  Unzen   / Nagasaki-prefecture

 

Harajo Castle Ruins  / UNESCO World Heritage

The Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s

persecution of Christians under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637. 

Christian farmers rose in a riot due to their grievance about the oppression by

Matsukura Shigemasa.

The Shogunate regarded this riot as Christian rebellion and sent its punitive force,

therefore locked themselves in the castle and with their leader Amakusa Shiro Tokisada

fought against the Shogunate. On February 27, 1638, he died in battle.

The following day, the castle fell. 37,000 Christians including women and children

died a violent death.

 

Entrance to Harajo Castle

Ruins

Battle field of Shimabara

Rebellion

The Statue of Amakusa Shiro

 


 

Unzen jigoku

Jigoku, means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted

from the springs, and with white smoke rising from the ground over a wide area.

Unfortunately, this was once put into reality nearly 350 years ago during the time of religious

persecution in Japan.  30 Japanese Christians, failing to renounce their faith met  their death

here in the scalding spring of Jigoku.

 

Smoke rising from the ground

over a wide area

Martyrdom site of Christians

 

The Cross written the name of

six martyrs


 

 Amakusa    / Kumamoto-prefecture 

 

Hidden Christian of Amakusa

Christianity was first brought to Japan in 1549 by a Jesuit priest named Francis Xavier when

trading opened in Kagoshima. Not long after, it spread to neighboring areas such as Nagasaki

and Amakusa. In 1614, the Tokugawa regime felt threatened by the growth of Christianity out of

their fear of colonialism. Persecutions began and the eradication of Christianity started.

Missionaries and priests alike were killed, while those who practiced Christianity were given an

option to renounce their faith or face death. Some chose to convert to Shintoism and Buddhism

in order to hide their Christian faith.

Fed up with famine and cruel treatment, peasants from Amakusa organized a rebellion to fight

against the regime. This resulted in the Shimbara Rebellion, which is considered as one of the

largest revolts during the Edo period.

 


 

Oe Cathedral  / UNESCO World Heritage

The oldest Catholic Church in Amakusa and was one of the first churches built right after the ban

on Christianity was lifted. The and Romanesque-style architecture and the chalky white structure

was rebuilt in 1933 by a French missionary priest named Father Garnier using his own money and

contributions from local Christians living in the area.

 


 

Sakitsu Village  / UNESCO World Heritage

A Gothic-looking church is located on a cove of a fishing village. In 1934, a French priest

Augustin Halbout MEP purchased the premises of the former village headman and built a

wooden and concrete finished church, with Tetsukawa Yosuke’s design and construction.

He placed the altar at the very site where fumie or a test to ensure non-allegiance to

Christianity had been conducted.

 


 

Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

The theme Museum shows History of Christianity in Amakusa and Shimabara Rebellion

which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership

of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.

 


 

 Featured tours related to UNESCO World heritages 

 

・ Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites one-day tour

 Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 3 days tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

・ Kitakyushu / UNESCO Industry Revolution one-day tour          

 Nagasaki / UNESCO Industrial Revolution one-day tour       

 Munakata & Fukutsu / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour  

・ Munakata, Oshiama & Okinoshima / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897,  Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Study tours & field trips to Kyushu

 

We offer a various themes of Study tours in Kitakyushu-city including Fukuoka-city

and in Nagasaki-city

 

 Reasons of Kitakyushu-city   

 

1. Industrial and Environmental features

Japanese industry at the end of 19th century was 200years behind. After Mathew C Perry came

to Japan in 1853, Japan’s industrial Revolution was started. Since Japan’s modern Steel Industry

operation commenced In 1901 in Kitakyushu, Japan became the world’s leading industrialized

country in only 100 years

・Birthplace of Japanese modern steel industry

・Various Industries in Japan were born here follow the Steel industry

・Many Environmental tecnologies have been developed after experienced serious environmental

    pollution problem

・Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society established in 2010

    for promoting carbon reduction in Asia

Selected the Environmental Future City and the Model City for Green Growth in Asia

    by OECD in 2011

・The city has been awarded the special prize of the Japan SDGs (Sustainable Development

    Goals ) awards in 2017

・World leading Solid Waste and Recycling Management

・Providing Water treatment technologies and know-how to the World

 

2. Geographical features

The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature and have One National Park

(Seto Inland Sea) and two Quasi-National Parks (Genkai and Kitakyushu).

Those Nature offer the Geographical and Science educational study.

 

3 Economical and Political features

・Cabinet designated city with 940,000 population

・Japan’s most advanced Active Aging city

 

 Reasons of Nagasaki-city   

 

Only the trading port open gateway to Europe during Japan’s self-imposed isolation of Edo period

・Hidden Christian site, the Christian faith continued even during the ban on Christianity 

・Greatly contributed Japan’s Industrial developement for Ship building and Coal mining Industies

The Atomic Bomb was dropped in1945, and the Mayor of Nagasaki makes the “Nagasaki peace

    declaration” for the whole world on August 9 every year.

 

 


 

 What to learn  

 

We offer a various themes of Study tours, by providing the following Resources, Natures,

Humman’s history and other required things including lectures.

 

 Industry, Environment, Recycling & Waste treatment   Kitakyushu-city

 

Study tour to Kitakyushu 

 

Kitakyushu-city offers a various Resources Study tours for Industry,  Environment,

Recycling & Waste tratment, as well as well organized proper management systems.

We can arrange the Customized Study tour in accordance with your requirement  

by the use of Study tour resources in Kitakyushu.

 

 


 
 STEM Education field   Kitakyushu-city and Fukuoka-city

 

Kyushu provide a various Educational fields for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering

and Mathematics) as well as Japanese Culture, World peace and History of Christianity

 

Science

 

 

Learn Science, Environment,

Nature, Industry, various history

Geography

 

 

Field of science devoted to the

study of the lands, features, inhabitants, phenomena of Earth

Architectures

 

 

Various unique architectures

designed by renowned designers


 

UNESCO World Heritages and Industrial Heritages

Kitakyushu-city presents various Industrial Heritages including UNESCO World Herigate of Meiji Japan’s

Industrial Revolution.

 

 


 
 Learning of World peace and Christianity    Nagasaki-city
 

World Peace

learning

 

 

Disastrous War must not be

repeated

 

Hidden Christian Sites

in Nagasaki region

 

 

UNESCO World Heritage sites

Japan’s unique practice of the

Christian faith continued even

during the ban on Christianity

 

 

 

 

 

 
 Our services  
 
We are the specialist for study tour in this field and are the member of Kitakyushu-city Environment
and Health Association.
 
Providing the Study tour plan

The visiting company and places are suggested in accordance with theme of learning.
And the plan and schedule is decided by discussing with Customer.

 Arrangement the tour

・Inspection of the company and technical facility
・Visiting the university and school

Visiting Municilal and Local goverment including Residents’ Association
・Provide the lectures to respond the questions and requirements

・Organize a interpreter

・the accommodation and transportation                                      

 


 

 How to make your customized study tour  

 

1. Enquiry

 The tours we are offering are customized study tour in accordance with your requirements.

  Please tell us what you want to learn and where you want to visit,

  and click the   Enquiry Form   to tell us your requirements.

 

2. Proposal

・Preliminary quotation which is guide line of the tour price as per the Enquiry.

・Basic suggested itinerary including visiting places and facilities will be provided.

 

3. Clarifications

 All the tour conditions are to be clarified including the visiting places and experiences,

 transportation, meals and other excursions, in order to meet your requirements

 and budget.

 

4. Final proposal

 The quotation and itinerary are provided based on the Clarification.

 

5. Make an agreement 

 The agreement for proceeding the customized tour is conducted.

 

6. Enjoy the customized journey 

  All the arrangement are made as per the agreement and operated the study tour

 in accordance with the plan

 

Price of the tour

The price is customized based on travel date, number of participants, hotel choices,

transportations, and other custom preferences.

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

We have a lot of experiences to offer a various themes of Study tours.

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  Study tour Result  

 


 

Environmental Future city Kitakyushu

 

Kitakyushu is the city of leading Global Environment

 

Kitakyushu-city has the long history of Environmental improvement since the pollution problem

experienced in 1960′.

Now Kitakyushu-city is leading World environment as the Environmental Future City selected

by Japanese Goverment and also designated as the first ‘ Model City for Green Growth ‘ in Asia

by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2011.

 


 

The history of Environmental improvement

 

The History has commenced in 1901.

 

The city once experienced the worst air pollution in Japan and saw Dokai Bay turned 
into a “sea of death.” But it regained blue skies after overcoming its pollution problem 
by the efforts of city, companies as well as the women’s association.

 

Kitakyushu City, once known as a “town of pollution,” now plays the role of the driving 
force in creating a recycling-oriented society in Japan making use of the experience 
and know-how it accumulated in the process of overcoming its pollution in order to 
provide international cooperation.

 

The city grew as an industrial city after the establishment of Yawata Steel Works in 1901. 
It led Japan during the period of modernization and high economic growth with a focus 
placed on heavy industry.

 

  

 

Back then, plumes of smoke coming out of the steelworks were referred to as
 “seven-colored smoke” which was sung as part of the lyrics of the song of former 
Yahata City as it was regarded as a symbol of prosperity.

However, the prosperity of industries brought about severe pollution and quite naturally

the “seven-colored smoke” polluted the air and caused dust deposition. 

 

  

 

In the 1960s, air pollution in the Kitakyushu area was the worst in Japan and Dokai 
Bay was turned into a “sea of death” due to effluent from factories.

It was citizens who first noticed this problem of pollution. The city started to hear the 
voices of its residents saying such things as, “my house is becoming sandy” and 
“the laundry gets dirty” from around 1950.

 

The Women’s Association in Tobata area stood up, investigated the problem themselves

and asked the council, administration and companies to take measures against pollution.

‘I Want Blue Sky’, a documentary film produced by the Tobata Women’s Association in

1965 was what symbolized the citizens’ campaign calling for measures against pollution.

 

Pushed by the voices of its citizens, the Kitakyushu administration started to take action 
to grasp the actual situation by measuring the level of air pollution.

It then gave instructions and conducted on-site inspections at these companies urging

them to take measures to improve the situation. Finally, the city concluded a pact on

pollution prevention with each plant and established the Council on Air Pollution

Prevention made up of the city, Fukuoka Prefecture, then Regional Bureaus of

International  Trade and Industry and about 30 companies in the city.

 

These companies responded by putting pollution control facilities in place as well as

improving the process of production.

 

In the meantime, the Air Pollution Control Act and Noise Regulation Act came into 
force in 1968 and the following year, in 1969, a smog alert was issued for the first 
time in Japan. 
Fourteen pollution control related bills passed the so-called ‘Pollution Diet’ in 1970. 

 

Thus, public concern towards pollution problems grew high throughout Japan while in

Kitakyushu, the city and companies worked hand in hand to tackle the pollution 
problem which resulted in rapid improvement in the environment.

 

  

 

As a result, by around 1980, the blue sky came back to the town once covered with ‘
seven-colored smoke.’ Furthermore, over 100 species of fish live in Dokai Bay which 
was once nicknamed the ‘sea of death’ where not even bacteria could live.

In 1985, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 
introduced Kitakyushu in its White Paper on the environment as a city that transformed 
itself from a ‘Gray Town’ into a ‘Green Town.’ Also the city was selected as one of the 
‘Starry Towns’ with a favorable atmospheric environment in the ‘Starry Town Contest’ 
held by the Environment Agency in 1987.

These initiatives by Kitakyushu City are highly recognized by the global society. In 1990, 
the city received the ‘Global 500 Award’, which is given by the UN Environment 
Program (UNEP) to individuals and organizations that combat environmental issues, 
and was the first local government to win the Award in Japan. At the Earth Summit 
held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992, Kitakyushu City was honored with the ‘Local 
Government Honors Award. The city is the only local government to win the Award 
in Japan.

 

  

 

In addition, the initiative towards a better environment was enhanced and it started the 
sorted collection of cans and bottles in 1993. In 1998, a system in which residents are 
obliged to use designated plastic bags for municipal waste started. In 2001, 
‘Kitakyushu Expo-Festival 2001’ with the environment as a theme was held at 
Higashida area, an idle land owned by Nippon Steel Corporation, where infrastructure
improvement work was going on based on the concept of ‘Kitakyushu Renaissance.
Then, the concept of a ‘Green Village’ in Yahata Higashida began in 2003.
Thus, efforts towards a better environment advanced further.

 

As mentioned above, Kitakyushu was recognized as the ‘Environmental Model City’ 
together with 12 other local governments in 2008. The ‘Kitakyushu Asian Center for 
Low Carbon Society’ was opened in 2010, and in 2011 the city was selected as a 
‘Environmental Future City’ and also as the first ‘Model City for Green Growth’ in 
Asia by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

 

  
 

A new challenge as the driving force towards realizing a global low carbon society 
has started in Kitakyushu City where Japanese industry started.

 

 


 

 

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Fukuoka Citizens’ Disaster Prevention Center

 

The Center has been built to enable citizens to actually experience various types of

disasters and obtain information on how to handle these disasters.

 


 

 What to learn  

 

Guidance theater

Learn about disaster prevention on huge screen

 

Earthquake simulation

Experience the shaking ground during earthquakes from 1 to 7 on the intensity scale.

You can also see the effect of earthquakes.

 

Fire fighting drill

You will learn the correct way to extinguish a fire. A projector will create various fire

situations that you can practice fire extinguishing with.

 

Strong wind simulation

How much wind can you endure?

Experience wind traveling at velocity of up to 30 m/sec

 

Fire simulation

The force of smoke is terrible. As if in a real fire, evacuate quickly through a maze of

doors while practicing effective postures for prevention of asphyxiation.

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 1-3-3 Momchihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka-city
Access

20 minutes walk from Nishijin Subway Station

 

20 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka Airport

15 minutes by a vehicle from JR Hakata station

30 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu

30 minutes by a vehicle from Itoshima

70 minutes by a vehicle from Yanagawa

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

Open hours 9:30 to 17:00
Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed Monday, last Tuesday of the month, December 28 to January 4

 


 

 

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Museums and learning facilities

 

Fukuoka-prefecture including Kitakyushu-city have various kind of Museums

and facilities and a lot of things can be learned

 

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.

 

 


 

Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio

 

Museum of Industrial Technology, in April 2007, based on this theme of “innovation,

” the Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery & Studio (KIGS) opened in Yahata, Higashida, 

where Japan’s mordern steel industry operation was started. 

Museum Building

World Heritage,

Meiji Japan’s Industry Revolution

Introducing Industry innovation

history of Japan


 

Environmental Museum

The Environmental learning facility which has Environmental learning function, Environmental

information function and Environmental activity function.

The Environmental improvement history of Kitakyushu, Global warming and other various

environmental issues can be learned.

The Museum Building

Learn the Global warming

The Environmental improvement history of Kitakyushu


 

Kitakyushu Eco House

The Eco House proposes an energy-saving lifestyle at home.

It is made environmentally friendly, such as blocking & heat insulation structure and

improving ventilation by ingenerating the arrangement of windows.

The Eco house surounding the

green

Heat insulation structure

Inside of Enegy saving house


 

Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History

The largest scale Museum in Western Japan for Natural history and Human history

located in Higashida district

Natural history, exhibit various creatures including dinosaurs

East Asia, exhibition theme of

cultural exchange

Human history, exhibit the history

and lifestyle in Kitakyushu


 

Kyushu Railway Museum

It is a railway theme park organized by JR Kyushu, showing the  history of Kyushu Railways.

Consists of 3 areas; main building, train exhibition hall and mini railroad park.

The main building has diverted from the original Kyushu Railway Headquarters red

brick building built in 1891.

Steam locomotive C59

manufactured in 1941

Electric limited express train,

manufactured 1969

Exhibit the trains used during

Meiji era


 

Kitakyushu Firefly Museum

The learning facility for ecology of Firefly.

The activities for protecting fireflies have been continued for over 30 years by citizens

in Kitakyushu-city. The museum was established as a facility that supports activities related

to preservation of the natural environment, learning and research on fireflies and other waterside

creatures and their habitats.


 

Environmental Museum of Water

The learning facility of the water environment.

You can see and feel the Nature from the view point of fishes, birds and insects at the

experience corner. There are ecology tanks, you can learn about the river and the environment.

And also there is the huge River observation window with 2.3 metre high and 7.2 metre wide,

You can observe River creatures and fishes as well as Seawater fishes.


 

Yame Traditional Craft Museum         

Yame is the Centre of Japanese artificial crafts.

The Museum was built in 1986 with the purpose of gathering traditional craft items together

and transferring traditional techniques and development of local industry.


 

Fukuoka Citizens’ Disaster Prevention Center   

The Center has been built to enable citizens to actually experience various types of

disasters and obtain information on how to handle these disasters.

 


 

 Contact us   

 

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Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

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You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

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Industrial Heritages in Kitakyushu

 

Kitakyushu-city  is the industrial innovation city where a lot of Japan’s Industries were born

and Japan’s industrial modernization has been achieved.

 

The city presents various Industrial Heritages including UNESCO World Herigate

of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.

 


 

First Head Office of the Steel Works  UNESCO World Heritage

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.

 

World leading rails producing

in the Steel Works

First Head Office building

registered on the World Heritage

Observation deck of the

World Heritage


 

Onga River Pump Station, UNESCO World Heritage

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.

 

 Onga River

 Onga River Pump Station

 Water piping to the Steel Works


 

Kawachi Reservoir 

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

 


 

Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge

The only remaining lenticular truss bridge in Japan or lens type truss bridge, located at the south
side of Kawachi Reservoir and it was designed by Hisanori Numata.
 

This shape and colour really harmonize with nature and become a symbol of the Iron town Yahata.

 


 

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

The Blast Furnace used to make the pig iron and was where Japan’s steel industry began in 1901.

It contributed greatly to the development of the Japanese steel industry and was used until 1972,

and has been preserved just as it was.

 

Indication of the year of Steel

Works operation commencement

Proper of Blast furnace, Hot

Stoves and Stack

Cast house floor, the pig iron

is being discharged


 

Dedicated railway for 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.

 

The rail way crossing the road

Miyatayama tunnel Yahata side

Miyatayama tunnel Tobata side


 

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 1989. 

 


 

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Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture