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Geography learning in Kitakyushu-city

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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).

 

 

Sone Tideland

Sone tideland facing the Seto Inland Sea from Sone, in Kitakyushu-city and is one of the

largest tideland in the Seto Inland Sea ; it is about 5 km offshore with an area of about 517 ha.

The tideland is the home to some 326 species of benthic animals in the tidal flat, including a

handful of endangered species, like the ancient horseshoe crab that has not changed since the

age of dinosaurs. Several endangered birds are seen during the summer, like the Saunders’s

Gulls, Eastern Marsh Harrier, and the Intermediate Egret.


 

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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UNESCO / Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution

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Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining are a group of historic sites that played

an important part in the industrialization of Japan in the Bakumatsu during National

isolation period and Meiji periods, and are part of the industrial heritage of Japan.

The UNESCO World Heritages consist of eight areas with thirty component sites located

throughout Japan from Northern part Tohoku to Kyushu.

 

Kyushu has 5 areas with 16 sites as follows;

Kitakyushu : 4 sites for Iron and Steel

Miike (Omuta, Arao and Misumi)  : 3 sites for Coal Mining

Saga : 1 site for Shipbuilding

Nagasaki : 5 sites for Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

Kagoshima : 3 sites for Iron and Steel

 


 

Kitakyushu  

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

Industry. The buildings of The Imperial Steel Works, Japan at Yawata Works NSSMC are the

surviving components of Asia’s first successful integrated iron and steel works: the State-run

Imperial Steel Works opened in 1901. It is located in the northernmost part of Fukuoka Prefecture,

the north end of Kyushu, 8 km south of Hibiki-Nada Seashore close to the continent of China.

Their present-day setting is still a working industrial landscape set in the southeastern section of

NIPPON STEEL Yawata Works which, for over a century, has consistently maintained a leading

role in the Japanese steel industry. Now, NIPPON STEEL is one of the world leading steel

manufacturers.


 

Miike  

Miike Coal Mine, Railway and Port forms a Western-style linear coal mining landscape located

in the southernmost part of Fukuoka Prefecture and the northernmost part of Kumamoto Prefecture,

bordering the Ariake Sea to the west. The mines are situated in the relatively flat and low-lying area,

to the south of Omuta City and the north of Arao City which developed as industrial cities centred on

Miike Mine. Miike Coal Mine and transport infrastructure sites are physically linked and comprise.


 

Saga  

The former (1858-71) ship repair and shipbuilding yard at Mietsu is one of Japan’s pioneer

Westernstyle maritime facilities. Most of the site is located in the present-day Riverside Park,

Hayatsue, Kawasoe-machi, on the southern outskirts of Saga City, Saga Prefecture. The site,

much of it a buried structure, lies on the western bank of a 90° meander in the Hayatsue River,

a tributary channel of the Chikugo River near its mouth, just over 6 km north of the northern

shore of the Ariake Sea. Mietsu had been a mooring facility, with warehouses, since at least

the latter half of the eighteenth century and the Ofunate-Keikosho was expanded as a training

facility for operating Western style ships in 1858.


 

Nagasaki   

The natural harbour and commercial city at the mouth of the Urakami River already had a long

history of interaction with Europe, China and Southeast Asia. Throughout the Japanese isolation

period (1639-1854) Dutch traders were the principal foreign power permitted to remain in Japan,

being confined to the tiny island of Dejima. In 1854, the Tokugawa Shogunate’s response to

Perry’s visit was to build a navy. They lifted the ban on building large ships and established the

Nagasaki Naval Training Institute and Nagasaki Foundry. Following on from the Shogunate’s

foundations, Mitsubishi’s shipyard turned out many of Japan’s greatest vessels. The company

also pioneered its undersea coal mines, the first to be developed with Western technology,

and which supported the global naval and commercial network of steamships operating in

East Asia and the Pacific.


 

Kagoshima

The site is located on the western side of Kagoshima (Kinko) Bay, formed from the collapsed Aira

volcanic caldera and dominated by the active Sakurajima stratovolcano, and is backed by sheer

and wooded cliff faces traversed by narrow valleys. Shuseikan is a National Historic Site. Sengan-en,

the location and setting for the Shuseikan complex, was a garden created by the 19th Lord Mitsuhisa

Shimazu in 1658.


 

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Hibikinada Biotope in Kitakyushu

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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.


 


 

General information  

Address 1 Hibikimachi, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

Open hours

9:00 to 17:00  

Admission fee JPY 100
Days closed Tuesday

 

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Oki Recycling Center Kururun

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Oki Town secures citizen’s cooperation when proceeding with town planning and constructing

a sustainable society, aiming not to leave the problem for the next generation. These efforts

consist of two main projects.

 


 

One is a biomass recycling facility called The Oki Recycling Center “ Kururun”, and the other is

Oki Town Mottainai Declaration, the second in the country to make a zero-waste declaration.

Oki Recycling Center Kururun is the biomass recycling facility that started operations in

November 2006.

 

 

 


 

It takes kitchen waste from the town’s households and restaurants, along with septic tank sludge

and raw sewage, and uses a methane fermentation process to turn it into a biomass that can be

used for power generation. After the fermentation, the digestive fluids are used as liquid fertilizer.

Furthermore, Oki Town was the second in the country to make a zero-waste declaration,

which it officially announced in March 2008 with its Oki Town Mottainai Declaration.


 

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Melting Furnace in Kitakyushu

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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
Booking Can be made by Japan KYUSHU Tourist

 

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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.


 

 

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Environmental Museum of Water

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The Museum was established along the Murasaki River.  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 in Kitakyushu-city. 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.


 

 General information  

Address 1-2 Senbamachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

10 minutes walk from JR Kokura Station

Open hours

10:00 to 19:00  

Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed New year holidays

 

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Architectures and constructions in Kitakyushu-city

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Kitakyushu-city is the best place for learning architecture and construction design. There

are a lot of unique construction designed by renowned architects and civil engineers

that were constructed beginning of Japan’s Industrial modernization. The design philosophy

of designers focused on the future can be learned.

 


 

UNESCO World Heritage / 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. The building is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage as Japan’s Meiji Industrial

Revolution Site.


 

Kawachi Reservoir

The first-class civil construction heritage completed in 1927, the triggered the registration of World

Cultural Heritage of Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.  The Kawachi Reservoir was

constructed for the industrial water supply to Yawata Steel Works. The dam was constructed at the

Okura River and upper stream of the dam was expanded and making the 7milion cubic metre reservoir.


 

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 and completed in 1926
This shape and color really harmonize with nature and become a symbol of the Iron town Yahata.

 

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

 


 

Kurogane Railway

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.


 

Areas other than Kitakyushu-city

 

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.


 

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Kitakyushu Firefly Museum

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

in Kitakyushu-city. Firefly 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.


 

 General information  

Address 2-5-1 Kumagai, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

15 by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

Open hours

9:00 to 17:00  

Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed Tuesday, New year holidays

 

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Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge

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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 and completed in 1926.
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


 

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