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Kyushu Travel Guide

Kitakyushu 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.

 

Kitakyushu Eco-Town is a project being developed after the city received approval from the central

government. It is composed of two main areas; a corporate park (Comprehensive Environmental

Industrial Complex, Hibiki Recycling Area) located in Hibikinada area in Wakamatsu Ward where the

majority of the companies engaged in the recycling business based on the Eco-Town Project, and a

practical research area where enterprises and universities conduct research.

 

First Eco-Town Center in Japan opened in June, 2001

With an eye to building a “resource-recycling society,” Kitakyushu City is engaged in the

‘Kitakyushu Eco-Town Project’ in which an environmentally-friendly society is formed by bringing

together recycling plants and research institutes. The Kitakyushu Eco-Town Center plays the role of

an information center that supports the Eco-Town. It introduces initiatives and activities implemented

in Eco-Town to encourage people to proactively use the facility for such activities as environmental

study sessions and interaction amongst visitors.

 

With visitors coming from all over Japan, the center takes reservations for visits as well as provides

tours of recycling plants and research facilities. Inside the center, technologies and products related

to the environment and recycling are exhibited while the details of the project of the Kitakyushu

Eco-Town Center are introduced on panels hanging on the wall. Furthermore, the center provides

facilities available for environmental study, exchange activities and research work.

 


 

 General information  

 

・Address 10-20 Koyomachi Wakamatsu Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
・Access A 30 minutes ride a vehicle from JR Kokura Station
・Opening hours 9h00 to 17h00
・Days Closed Sunday, National holiday, December 29 through January 3
・Fee No entrance fee is required

・Booking

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Melting Furnace in Kitakyushu

 

Waste treatment and Recycling in Kitakyushu-city

 

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. 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 3-79 Shinmoji Moji, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access A 30 minutes ride a vehicle from JR Kokura Station
Days of visit Weekdays except Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays
Fee No visiting fee is required
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Geography learning in Kitakyushu

 

Geography is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants,

and phenomena of Earth.

 

Kitakyushu has unique geographical features, therefore Earth and its human and natural

complexities and also how they have changed and come to be can be learned.

 


 

Hiraodai karst plateau 

 

One of the three largest in Japan along with the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau and the Shikoku Karst. 

It is located in southeastern part of Kitakyushu-city. 

At altitudes between 400 and 600 meters above sea level and stretching 6 km from north to south

and 2 km from east to west.  

     

 

 Hiraodai Limestone Caves 

 

There are three limestone Caves in Hiraodai Karst and each cave has different unique feature. 

 

Senbutsu limestone cave

 

Literally means 1,000 Buddha Cave, is the largest of the caves in Hiraodai Last Plateau,

extending about 900 m while meandering toward the northeast. The shape of the cave is narrow,

narrow ceiling ravine with a maximum width of 10 m and a maximum ceiling height of 15 m.

Approximately 30 large and small stalactites hang down at the entrance, giving a spectacular scenery. Abundant groundwater still continues to erode in the cave.​

 

 

Mejiro limestone Cave

 

It is the longest cave in Hiraodai Karst, over 2 km in length.

The highlight of this cave is the monolithic ceiling which is a very unique structure as

a limestone caves.

     

 

Ojika limestone cave

 

The cave is called footfall of dinosaurs.  It is the very rare cave in Japan; the entrance is vertical

pit with 25 meter, when getting down to the bottom, you follow the underground horizontal cave

and you can see the hidden aspects of Hiraodai Karst.


 

Hirotani Wetland

 

It is the only wetland in Fukuoka Prefecture, located 600 meters west from Seiryu Cave and

2,500 m east from Hiraodai Nature Observation Center. The wetland is an important part of 

Hiraodai Karst landform, offering a variety of wetland plant life such as the Sagiso (rein orchis),

Tokiso (pogonia), and Nohanasyobu (iris).

 

 

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.

   

 

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Environmental Future city Kitakyushu

 

 

Environmental improvement history of Kitakyushu


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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Kyushu Electric Power / LNG thermal power plant

 

Power Generation

 

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.

 

What to learn

Environmentally friendly power generation system used LNG

 

Where to visit

Exhibition hall, Control room, Turbine room and Boiler room

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 64-1 Nishiminato-machi Kokura-kita, Kitakyushu-city. Fukuoka-prefecture
Access A 15 minutes ride a vehicle from JR Kokura Station
Days of visit Weekdays except Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays
Fee No visiting fee is required
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West Japan Industrial Club

 

Historic Building representing modern Japanese architecture

 

The building was constructed in 1911 as the former Matsumoto Kenjiro 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.

 

Former owner, Matsumoto Kenjiro was a Japan’s prominent business person and one

of founder of Meiji Senmon Gakkō or Meiji Technical College, Current Kyushu Institute

of Technology.

 

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

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 1-4-3 Ichieda, Tobata, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

20 minutes by a vihecle from JR Kokura World Station

10 minutes by a vihecle from JR Tobata Station


 

 

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Industrial Heritage tour in Kitakyushu

 

The tour offers how Japan became the world’s leading

Industrial country.

 

In 1901, Japanese modern steel industry started in Kitakyushu. Since then Kitakyushu became

the industry city and Japan’s Industrial modernization has been achieved here with
unprecedented surprising speed.

 

Tour condition
・Start and end of the tour is to be Kitakyushu
・Guided by Industrial Heritage guide 
・Chartered vehicle such as a jumbo taxi or bus

 

 

 
 Itinerary  
 
・Depart a hotel in Kitakyushu
 Yahata port → Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio → Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

    World Herigtage  → Lunch at Otani Kaikan Hall → Kawachi Resevoir

 Dedicated railway for Yawata Steel Works
・Disband at the hotel in Kitakyushu
 

 
 Where to explore
 

Japan’s Modern Steel Works history started here

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.


 

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.

Museum Building

World Heritage,

Meiji Japan’s Industry Revolution

Introducing Industry innovation

history of Japan


 
The birth place 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. 

 
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. 

World leading rails producing

in the Steel Works

First Head Office building

registered on the World Heritage

Observation deck of the

World Heritage


 
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. 
 

 
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.

The rail way crossing the road

Miyatayama tunnel Yahata side

Miyatayama tunnel Tobata


 
 

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Environmental Museum in Kitakyushu

 

Environmental learning Museum

 

The museum 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


 

 General information  

 

Address 2-2-6 Higashida, Yahata-higashi, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

5 minutes walk from JR Space World Station

Open hours

9:00 to 17:00

Admission fee No admission fee is required
Days closed evey Monday

 

 

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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


 

 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

 

 

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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.  

 

     

 

 General information  

 

Address 2 Hibiki-machi, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu-city. Fukuoka-prefecture
Access 30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station
Days of visit No closing day
Fee No visiting fee is required
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