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Japan’s Industrial modernization

 

Let’s learn how Japan has become the world’s most industrialized country

in the short period.

 

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.

 

     

 

We offer to learn how Japan has become the world’s most industrialized country.

 


 

Model of the tour

 

・Lecture of Japan’s Industrial modernization

 Lecturer : Masa Kondo, managing director of Japan KYUSHU Tourist

         (have expertise and experience in the technical field)

 Venue : Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery


 

Where to visit

    To introduce how Japan has become the world’s most industrialized country by

    visiting the following sites including Industrial Heritages. 

    (Tour guide is Masa Kondo)

 

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.


 

Kawachi Reservoir

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 First Head Office of the Imperial Steel Works (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.

     

 

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

     
 

 


 

Study tour in Kitakyushu

 

Kitakyushu is the 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.

 


 

 

 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.

 


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 c

an 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.



 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 maintenance work.


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 

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.


 

Industrial Heritage

 

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.


Kawachi Reservoir

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. 


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.

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Study Tour

 

We are the specialist of Sudy Tour

 

Our Study Tour offer the opportunities to learn technical issues what you want to improve, 
develop and solve that you are facing.
 
Our services

・Organize the company and technical facility visit
・Organize the university and school visit 
・Provide the lectures to respond the questions and requirements

・Organize a interpreter

・Arrange the accommodation and transportation

 

                  Kitakyushu

               Huis Ten Bosch

              Nagasaki


                                                 

What to learn

 

Japan’s KAIZEN strategy (improvement and development)

KAIZEN is one of the most important key word for Japan’s modernization and world leading industries.

In business, KAIZEN refers to activities that continuously improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the workers on site.


 

Japan’s Industrial modernization

Let’s learn how Japan has become the world’s most industrialized country in the short period.

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 the short period.


 

Environmental improvement business

Kitakyushu is offering various Environmental 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.​


 

 

Recycling and waste treatment business

Kitakyushu is offering various Recycling and waste treatment technologies.

 

 


 

Study tour in Kitakyushu-city

Kitakyushu-city is the best place for the Study tour.  The city is the important place where Japan’s

Industrial modernization has been achieved with unprecedented surprising speed in the world.  
various things can be learn including state-of-art technologies. ​

 

                Higashida

    Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal

             Yaskawa Electric

 

 


 

Study tour reference

Up to now, the following wide range of Study tours have been fulfilled

 

Field trip for International University of Japan in Okinawa

Customer : Foreign graduate students from all over the world
What to learn : Information and Communication Technology 
                            and Tourism industry in Okinawa
Where to visit : IT Shinyo park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
      Okinawa Institute of Science and Techology Graduate University
      Shuri Castle

Study tour for companies, government and 
administrative agencies in
Kitakyushu, Fukuoka and Hita
Customer : from Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia
What to learn : recycling, energy saving, waste disposal and 
     new energy technologies
Where to visit : Recycling and waste disposal companies in 
     Kitakyushu, Fukuoka and Hita

Study tour for EGCO in Kitakyushu
Customer : Thailand high school sutudents and teachers
What to learn : recycling, energy saving, waste disposal and 
     new energy technologies
Where to visit : Kitakyushu municipal, Zero emission 
    Transportation Syetem, Wind power generation plant, 
    Hiagari recycling plant, Yokoshiro Citizen Center, 
    Hydrogen plant, World Heritage site/ Meiji Japan’s 
    Industrial Revolution 

Field trip for International University of Japan in Kitakyushu

Customer : Foreign graduate students from all over the world
What to learn : Japan’s Industrial development, Recycling technology
      Environment technology
Where to visit : Kitakyushu municipal, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal
      TOTO, Yaskawa Electric, Higasida, Eco-town etc   

Field trip for International University of Japan in Kitakyushu 
and Nagasaki

Customer : Foreign graduate students from all over the world
What to learn :Japan’s Industrial development, ICT technology
        Japan’s economy
Where to visit : Yaskawa Electric, Nissan Kyushu, 
        Higashida World Heritage site, Industrial Technology Center of
        Nagasaki, Peace Park, Glover garden etc 

Field trip for International University of Japan in Hiroshima

Customer : Foreign graduate students from all over the world
What to learn : Japan’s Industrial deve;opement, Economy in Japan
                             World Peace
Where to visit : Miyajima, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
                            Atomic bomb dome, Kure

Field trip for International Christian University in Kitakyushu 
and Nagasaki

Customer : Foreign student from all over the world
What to learn : Japan’s industry developement, 
                            Global Environmental issue and World peace
Where to visit : Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, Higasida, Mojo
     Kokura castle, Mitsubishi Heavey Industry, Peace Park, Site of the
     Martyrdom of the 26 Saints, Oura Catholic Church, Glover garden

Study tour for Convent School in Fukuoka  and Nagasaki

Customer : Thailand, Santa Cruz Convent School, 
                      sisters and teachers
What to learn : Japan’s education system, Christianity of Japan
                      World peace
Where to visit : Nurseries, Kindergartens and Primary school in
       Fukuoka and Nagasaki, Peace Park, Site of the Martyrdom of the
       26 Saints, Oura Catholic Church, Glover garden etc   

Field trip for in Primary school, Junior high school 
and high school student
in Kitakyushu

Customer : Thai’s schools Convent School, Thai’s Primary school
              Cambodian high school
What to learn : Japanese culture, Japan’s industry, school exchange
Where to visit : Primary schools in Kitasyushu
               sightseeing in Moji, Kokura, Yahata and Wakamatsu

Study tour for UNIDO Africa in Kitakyushu

Customer : from African developing countries
What to learn : Waste management technology, Recycling technology
               New energy technology, Global warming
Where to visit : Kitakyushu municipal. Eco-town, Waste disposal
               companies, Recycling companies etc

Study tour for UNIDO Asia in Kitakyushu 

Customer : from African developing countries
What to learn : Waste management technology, Recycling technology
               New energy technology, Global warming
Where to visit : Kitakyushu municipal. Eco-town, Waste disposal
               companies, Recycling companies etc

Field trip for Taiwanese trainees in Kitakyushu 

Customer : Tawain External Trade Developement Council
What to learn : Japan’s industrial developement and economy
Where to visit : Yaskawa Electric, Nissan Kyushu and Moji

Field trip for JICA Kyushu in Usa and Beppu 

Customer : JICA trainees from all over the world
What to learn : Japanese culture
Where to visit : Usa shrine, Beppu hell tour

 

Field trip for JICA Kyushu in Dazaifu and Yanagawa 

Customer : JICA trainees from all over the world
What to learn : Japanese culture
Where to visit : Dazaifu shrine, Yanagawa canal sailing etc

Field trip for JICA Kyushu in Hita

Customer : JICA trainees from all over the world
What to learn : Japanese culture
Where to visit : Former castle town Hita

Japanese Cultural expeience in Kitakyushu

Customer : from all over the world

What to learn : Tea ceremony, Wearing in Kimono, Japanese dance
                            Rickshaw ride, Hand drum performance
Where to visit : Kokura Castle Garden and Kokura Castle

Environmental improvement business

 

Kitakyushu is offering various Environmental 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 the Environmental issues

 


 

Model of the tour

 

Lecture of Environmental improvement business 

 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 environmental 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.


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.


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. 


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.

 

 


 


 

Japan’s KAIZEN Strategy

 

KAIZEN is one of the most important key word

for Japan’s modernization and world leading industries.

 

KAIZEN is the Japanese word for “improvement”. In business, KAIZEN refers to activities

that continuously improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the

workers on site. It also applies to processes, such as purchasing and logistics, that cross

organizational boundaries into the supply chain.

 

We offer to introduce KAIZEN strategy proceeded in Kitakyushu.

 


 

Model of the tour

 

Lecture of KAIZEN Strategy in Japan

 Lecturer : Masa Kondo, managing director of Japan KYUSHU Tourist

         (have expertise and experience in the technical field)

 Venue : Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery

 


 

Company visit

   To be selected from the following.

 

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.


 

 

Recycling and waste treatment business

 

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


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.


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.

 

 


 


 

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.

 

 

”Kitakyushu is the World Heritage” Bus tour

 

Learn English while traveling in Kitakyushu                           Japanese  

 

Japanese industry at the end of 19th century was 200 years behind.

After Mathew C Perry came to Japan in 1853, Japan’s industrial Revolution was started.

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. And Japan’s Industrial modernization processes

were evaluated by UNESCO, and Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution has been
registered on the World Heritage.

 

The tour offers how Japan became the world’s leading Industrial country by visiting World Heritage

and Industrial Modernization Heritages sites as well as Eco-town area.

 

  

       World Heritage                  Kawachi Reservoir                Eco-town

 

Where to travel

Higashida district

    Japan’s modern steel industry was started at Higashida district in 1901. 

    Since then, the Works was expanded and enhanced and greatly contributed

    to Japan’s industrial modernization

Kawachi Reservoir

    The first-class civil construction heritage that triggered the registration of 

    UNESCO World Cultural Heritage of Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution

Eco-town 

    Kitakyushu is now the most advanced city in Japan with regarding to pollutuion control

    and recycling technologies. The world leading environmental issues can be learned here.

 

Tour condition

・Date  March 24 (Sat.), 2018

・Participant : Max 40, Min 25

・Transportation : Chartered bus

・Price : 4,500 yen a person  (included tour document fee)

・Guide  : Japan KYUSHU Tourist  Masa Kondo

 

●Reception

・Time  :  9:00 through 9:20

・Place :     Parking lot of the Bus at JR Kokura Station Shinkansen side 

 

Itinerary

9:30  Depart at JR Kokura Station

 Kitakyushu Innovation Garary → Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

   World Heritage / First Head office of the Steel Works → Yawata Port

   Lunch at Higashida AEON Mall

   Kawachi Reservoir → Eco-town

・16:30 Disband at JR Kokura Station

 


 

Tour Guide : Masa Kondo, Managing director of Japan KYUSHU Tourist

I will guide you in a bilingual language of English and Japanese, who has

has expertise and experience in the technical field having worked in the

steel making company in many countries such as Argentina, Brazil  USA,  Finland, Italy and South Africa.

 


 

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Industrial tour in Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu-city is the birthplace of the steel making Industry that the government 
first established the steel work, named Yawata Steel (predecessor of Nippon Steel
in 1901.



Taking advantage of this opportunity, the city has become the base for key industries,
such as steel, chemical, electrical and ceramic industries  and played
an important role in the modernization of Japan.
At the present, new industries including the automobile, robot, semiconductor
as well as environmentally-related industries are being promoted which has contributed
to development of advanced industry and technology in Japan.
 
You can visit the various companies to learn history and advanced technologies 
of these industries.