Japan KYUSHU Tourist  ジャパン九州ツーリスト株式会社

We are the Japan Travel specialist to Fukuoka and Kyushu

日本人のお客様の団体旅行と外国人のお客様のカスタマイズ旅行の専門会社です

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Kyushu Travel Guide

Kitakyushu study tour / where to visit

 

Where to visit  

 

 

 Manufacturing companies 

 

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..


 

Yaskawa Electric

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.


 

 

TOTO

The world’s largest toilet manufacturer established in Kitakyushu in 1917. 
The company is well-known in Washlet which is an innovative toilet seat that features an

integrated bidet. The sanitary ware manufacturing factory and TOTO Museum 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.


 

TOYOTA Motor Kyushu

Established in 1991, 100% shareholder of Toyota Motor.  Major manufactured car is Lexus,

and annual production volume is 430,000 cars.  Assembly line and Inspection line are visited

at the factory tour.


 

 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 amongst visitors.


 

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.

       Solar Power Generation

                Electric bus

                 on the bus


 

Hibikinada Biotope

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.


 

J-Power

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 be learned.


 

Wind Power Generation 

Japan’s first wind power generation plant constructed at the coast line facing windy strong

Hibikinada sea. 10 wind power generators line up and total generation capacity is 15,000kw.   

     

 

 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


 

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. 


 

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.


 

 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.


 

Water Plaza 

The Plant making fresh water from sea water and sewage water established in 2011.
The desalination process and technology can be leared.

 


 

 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.

 

 


 

 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 

 


 

About us

 

Japan KYUSHU Tourist is the private tour specialist in Fukuoka and Kyushu

 

Kyushu is the destination like a Treasure Chest of Japan, there are a lot of things what you

never seen and experienced.

 


 

We are offering the following customized private tours

 

Tailor-made tour  

Our tour is specialized in the group tour such as friends, family, company or any groups.

The number of participant of the tour is normally from 4 to 30.

 

Self-guided tour   

If you love travel independently, we offer your customized private tour.

Our tour is a small group tour such as friends, family, company or any groups.

The number of participant of the tour is normally from 4 to 9.

 

Golf tour  

Fukuoka and Kyushu are Paradises of Golf. Kyushu has about 250 golf courses and you can

The Golf tour package, everything is covered the transportation, accommodation, golf, and any

other extras you may need.

 

Study tour 

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

and in Nagasaki-city

 


 

 Company profile  

 

・Company name : Japan KYUSHU Tourist Co., Ltd

・Establishment : April 25, 2008

・Registration No. : Registered Travel Agency by Fukuoka No.3-688, registered on May 22, 2008 

・Capital : 10,500,000yen

・CEO : Masa Kondo
・Address : 6thF AIM Building 3-8-1 Asano Kokura-kitaku Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

・Phone number : +81-93-521-8897

・Fax number : +81-93-521-8898 ・E-mail : info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

・Business hours : Monday-Saturday 9:30-18:30

・Holiday : Sunday and national holiday

 


 

Founder  

Masa Kondo, Founder and Managing Director of Japan KYUSHU Tourist,

introducing oversea travelers to Kyushu.

 

I was born and grew up in Nagasaki-prefecture where one of the most fascinating

tourist destination in Kyushu and worked in Nippon Steel which is the leading Steel

making company in the world. Therefore founder has expertise and experience in

the technical field and visited many countries such as Argentina, Brazil, USA, Korea,

China, Finland and South Africa.

While working oversea country, it occurred to Masa Kondo that the fascinating

Fukuoka and Kyushu have to be introduced to many travelers who come from all

over the world.

 

In 2008, Masa Kondo has founded Japan KYUSHU Tourist in Kitakyushu-city,

Fukuoka-prefecture.


 

Our Company’s Advantages  

 

 Location of the office  

Our office is located in Fukuoka at the gate way to Kyushu, when you arrive, we always

welcome you at the airport or designated place, and have a belief meeting before starting the tour.

 

 Local information  

We have a lot of new local information on the each destinations which are not obtained from

the website. We are always visiting all over Kyushu where customer want to travel including

hidden gems for making enjoyable customized tours, and also we are also traveling any other

areas of Kyushu as a tour guide and tour conductor.

 

 Study tour  

The Founder, Masa Kondo has expertise and experience in the technical field ; he worked in

Nippon Steel as a Mechanical Engineer involved in the design of Steelmaking plant and

development of environmental technologies. Therefore we can offer the study tour in the

Industrial field including Environment and Recycling & Waste treatment.

 

Golf tour  

The hobby of the Masa Kondo is Golf and who knows the difference of the Golf culture 

between Japan and Europe because he played at many courses in other countries included

in South Africa. Therefore we can offer the excellent courses to suite your requirement

and organize enjoyable tour without any problems for playing golf.

 


 

 

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 

 


 

Terms and Conditions 

The purchase of any travel services offered by Japan KYUSHU Tourist constitutes

a contractual arrangement between you and Japan KYUSHU Tourist.

 


 

Privacy Policy 

Your privacy is very important to us at Japan KYUSHU Tourist.

It is one of our top priorities to always protect our customers’ personal information.

 


 

Contact us

 

When you want to travel to Fukuoka and Kyushu, please contact us through the

Enquiry Form below.

 

 Enquiry Form 

 

We will get back you as soon as possible.

 


 

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

 

Telphone Number    +81-93-521-8897

Fax Number              +81-93-521-8898

 


 

Company profile  

・Company name : Japan KYUSHU Tourist Co., Ltd

・Establishment : April 25, 2008

・Registration No. : Registered Travel Agency by Fukuoka No.3-688, registered on May 22, 2018 

・Capital : 10,500,000yen

・CEO : Masa Kondo

・Business hours : Monday-Saturday 9:30-18:30

・Holiday : Sunday and national holiday

・Address : 6thF AIM Building 3-8-1 Asano Kokura-kitaku Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

 


 

Terms and Conditions

The purchase of any travel services offered by Japan KYUSHU Tourist constitutes

a contractual arrangement between you and Japan KYUSHU Tourist.

 


 

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us at Japan KYUSHU Tourist.

It is one of our top priorities to always protect our customers’ personal information.

 


 

Tour guide in Fukuoka & Kyushu

 
We are the specialist of the private tour and trip in Fukuoka and Kyushu. 

 

Excellent Guides and Japan’s Experts with International sense

are a key features of our Exclusive tours.

 

Experienced and knowledgeable guides help to make a great trip memorable and special.

 

We offer the best suitable guide for your trip in consideration of the type of tour and places

to visit.

Languages : English, Chinese, or Korean.

 


 

Featured Tours

 

Short tours  

Durations of Short tours are within 3 days, travelling featured destinations in Fukuoka-prefecture

and near Fukuoka-prefecture.

 

Fukuoka-prefecture  

・ Fukuoka-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

Kawachi Wisteria garden & Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu / UNESCO Industry Revolution one-day tour          

Kitakyushu-city hiking tour

・ Yanagawa & Dazaifu one-day tour

Ukiha and Yanagawa 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 Ukiha one-day tour

Yoshii & Yanagawa Hina doll festival one-day tour

Kurume & Yame region one-day tour

 


 

Saga-prefecture

Saga-city one-day tour 

Takeo & Yutoku Inari Shrine one-day tour

Karatsu & Yobuko one-day tour

Arita & Imari one-day tour

 


 

Nagasaki-prefecture

Nagasaki one-day tour

Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites one-day tour

Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 3 days tour

Nagasaki / UNESCO Industrial Revolution one-day tour       

Shimabara & Unzen 2 days tour

Sasebo & Huis Ten Bosch one-day tour

 


 

Oita-prefecture

Yufuin & Beppu Onsen 2 days tour

Usa & Kunisaki one-day tour 

 


 

Kumamoto-prefecture    &   Miyazaki-prefecture 

Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic Nature 2 days tour    

Takachiho one-day tour

・ Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

 


 

Kyushu Round tours  

Kyushu Round tours shows the long duration tours travelling the featured destinations in Kyushu.

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 

 


 

Study tour in the STEM Education field

 

 STEM Education field  

 

Kitakyushu provides a various Educational fields for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering

and Mathematics) as well as Japanese Culture.

 

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


 

 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 

 


 

International University of Japan Field trip in Okinawa

 

Date December 15 through 18

Participants 40 ( 37 student, 1 professor , 2 staffs)  

Transportation : chartered bus with 45 seats

 

 Itinerary

 

Dec. 15 Day 1  

Urasa 8:25 → Tokyo 10:04 by Max Toki 308

Hamamatsu-cho 10:48 →Haneda Airport 11:14 by the monorail

Haneda 13:15 →Okinawa (Naha) 16:10 by ANA 473

16:30-16:50  Transfer Airport to City

17:00-18:20  Naha MAIN PLACE

18:30       Arrive at Hotel

 


 

Dec. 16 Day 2  

8:30       leave hotel

Visit GODAC: Global Oceanographic Data Center

It was established by JAMSTEC in Nago-City, November 24, 2001 and archives various data,

such as videos and photos, also promotes education on earth science and oceanography.

HELIOS DISTILLERY

Situated in Nago-City, the Northern Area of Okinawa that is known for its rich natural

environment have taken a proactive stance. Helios Distillery has grown to the company

with six production licenses, which are Awamori, Spirits, Whisky, Liquors, Craft beer, and

law-malt beer.

 Lunch (Michinoeki -Kyoda)

 

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

The second largest aquarium in the world opened in 2002, located in Motobu,Under the concept of

“encountering the water of Okinawa “ the aquarium is home to around 740 species and 21,000 marine life.

The facility start on the third floor, through the shallow waters down into the deep sea as if diving.

18:00        Arrive at Hotel

 


 

Dec. 17 Day 3  

8:20         Leave Hotel

visit Okinawa IT Shinryo Park

The new telecommunication base for developing the advanced software established in 2009 in Uruma-City,

It is an important project through which Okinawa Prefecture aims to create a major site for both domestic

and overseas information and communication affiliated industries.

Lecture by professor A hmed Mohammed

   

Lunch (Aeon MALL Okinawa Rycom)

Shuri Castle

Known as “Gusuku”, which is unique in Okinawa, built on the up land 120meters above

sea level, this world heritage-listed castle overlooks Naha City, the capital of the Okinawa prefecture.

The architectural wonder was profoundly influenced by the architectural style or Japan and China.

The pattern of dragons and vermilion lacquer coating reflect the Chinese influence, whereas the

structural from of the roof indicated the Japanese influence.

16:00      Arrive at Hotel

 


 

Dec. 18 Day 4  

10:00     Leave Hotel

            Transfer hotel to Airport by Chartered bus

10:20      Arrive at Naha Airport

Okinawa (Naha)13:05 →Haneda 15:20 by ANA 996

From Haneda Airport to IUJ by Chartered bus

 


 

 

Should you need further information or assistances 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 

 


 

 

Environmental Business in Kitakyushu-city

 

The city is 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 environment, power generation, waste

treatment, recycling and water treatment.

 


 

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 amongst visitors.


 

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.

 Solar Power Generation

  Electric bus

  On the Electric bus


 

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


 

J-Power

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 be learned.


 

Wind Power Generation 

Japan’s first wind power generation plant constructed at the coast line facing windy strong

Hibikinada sea. 10 wind power generators line up and total generation capacity is 15,000kw.  

     

 

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


 

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. 


 

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.


 

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.

Water Plaza 

The Plant making fresh water from sea water and sewage water established in 2011.
The desalination process and technology can be leared.


 

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.

 

 

 

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 

 


 

Architectures in Kitakyushu & Fukuoka

 

West Japan Industrial Club

Historic Building representing modern Japanese architecture.

The building was constructed in 1911 as the former Matsumoto residence, and

was designed by renown architectural designer Tatsuno Kingo, whose representative

works was JR Tokyo Station.  The building is designated as a national cultural asset.      

 

This building is now open to the public, and it is used as a restaurant, party and wedding reception.

 


 

Otani-kaikan Hall

Built in 1927, opened as an employee club of the then-owned Yawata Steel Works

The western-style building of Art Deco style architecture. 
The Hall building received the Kitakyushu City Architectural Culture Award in 1989. 

 


 

Sankiro

The largest three-story wooden building used for Ryotei in Kyushu

Sankiro was built in 1928 and was the largest three-story wooden building used

for Ryotei in Kyushu, and was a representative building for the time.

 


 

Mitsui Club

Built by the Mitsui Co., Ltd in 1921 as a reception centre and to provide accommodation for VIP’s.  

Designed by Shohei Matsuda

Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the world’s most famous theoretical physicists,

stayed here during his visit to Japan with his wife in 1922.

 


 

Former Mitsui O.S.K Line Building

This is a wooden 2-storey building consisting of an octagonal observatory and vivid 

orange-colored walls. It was built in 1917 as the Osaka Shosen Moji Branch Office.

At that time, the observatory was used for looking out over Moji Port, and the building was
utilized as a waiting room for continental voyages.
 

 

Kitakyushu International Conference Center

Built in 1990, designed by Arata Isozaki


 

Shinozaki Hachiman Shrine


 

Starbucks at Approach path

The restaurant was designed by renown architecture designer Kengo Kuma in 2011.

The concept of the design is Harmony of Modern and traditional by natural material;

2000 cedar timber is assembled in a traditional wood structure without using nails.

Enjoy the luxurious time in the warmth of wood and the scent of coffee.

 


 

 

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 

 


 

Recycling & Waste treatment technologies tour

 

Kitakyushu is offering various Recycling and Waste treatment technologies

 

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.
 

 

Our study tour provides the solutions of Recycling and waste treatment issues

 


 

Model of the tour

 

Lecture of Recycling and waste treatment 

 Lecturer : Masa Kondo, managing director of Japan KYUSHU Tourist

         (have expertise and experience in the technical field)

   Content of lecture

      History to Environmental Future city

      World leading Recycling and waste treatment business

   Venue : Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery

 

 Where to visit  

 

Please select from the following

 

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 amongst visitors.

 


 

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

 


 

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. 

 


 

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.

 


 

 

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.

 


 

 

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 

 


 

Environmental improvement history of Kiyakyushu


The city once experienced the worst air pollution in Japan

 

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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