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Hidden Christian History tour

 

Congratulations on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site registration

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

 

Hidden Christian Site in Nagasaki Regions bear unique testimony to the tradition of people and

their communities who secretly transmitted their faith in Christianity while surviving in the midst

of the conventional society and its religions during the time of prohibition.

This tour introduce the history of Hidden Christian in Nagasaki Region while taking the World Heritages

and related sites of Nagasaki-city, Shimabara and Unzen.

 


 

Tour condition

・Start and end place of the tour : Fukuoka-city

・Places to be visited : Nagasakicity, Shimabara and Unzen

・Duration : 2 nights and 3 days

・Transportation : Chartered vehicle

・English speaking guide

 


 

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart Fukuoka-city and transfer to Nasgasaki-city

Sotome area → Martyrdom of 26 Saints of JapanOura Cathedral → Glover Garden → Mt. Inasa

Stay at Nagasaki

 

Day 2

Peace Park → Ground Zero  → Urakami Cathedral

Transfer to Unzen

Nita Pass → Unzen Jigoku

Stay at Unzen

 

Day 3

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins ;  Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Shimabara Castle

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at Fuuoka-city

 


 

Where to visit

Day 1

 

Sotome area

The mission base of de Rotz, who dedicated himself to assisting the needy

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

Christians hiding in the Sotome region.


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

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

demonstrated their spiritual unity despite differences in races, ages and professions.

By putting them to death, Hideyoshi threatened people, saying “I hereby ban Christianity”. 
Responded the martyrs’ chant “All people, bless God! ”  Death and life, liberty and persecution
and Dictators and the people confronted on Nishizaka Hill. 

 

Oura Cathedral

It was built in 1865 under the supervision of the French priest Bernard Petitjean.

On March 17, 1865, a group of peasants from Urakami came to the church and professed their faith to

Father Petitjean, thus revealing that Christianity had survived through the centuries of persecution.

The white marble statue of the Holy Mother at the entrance was built in commemoration of

the dramatic discovery of the “Hidden Christians.


 

Glover Garden

One of Nagasaki’s popular tourist attractions. The garden takes its name from Thomas Glover
(1838 to 1911), his arms-importing operations played an important part in the Meiji Restoration,

he built the first train line in Japan and he even helped establish the first modern Mitsubishi ship yard.


 

Mount Inasa

It is a 333 meter high mountain in close distance to JR Nagasaki Station. The summit can be reached

by ropeway or car and offers great views over the city. And also, the magnificent night views from

Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan’s three best night views.


 
Day 2
 

The Park was established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was dropped 

at 11:02 am on Aug. 09, 1945.

Part of the concrete wall of the Nagasaki prison, which was located here prior to the bombing,

can still be seen.  At the park’s north end is the 10-metre-tall Peace Statue


 

Disastrous War must not be repeated.  The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945.
The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of lives were lost.  

And about 70,000 of Nagasaki’s 240,000 residents died instantly, and up to 60,000 were injured.


 

Unzen, Nita Pass

Unzen is a beautiful mountain and Onsen resort, and was the first area to be designated as   

a National Park in Japan.

At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita-toge Pass in Unzen is magnificent.


 

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

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

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

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

the scalding spring of Jigoku.


 

Day 3

Harajo Castle ruins

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

Christians under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.  Christian farmers rose in a riot due to their

grievance about the oppression by Matsukura Shigemasa. The Shogunate regarded this riot as Christian

rebellion and sent its punitive force, therefore locked themselves in the castle and with their leader

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

The following day, the castle fell. 37,000 Christians including women and children died a violent death. 


 

Shimabara Castle

The castle was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasawho was regarded as a master of

castle building. The castle, which took 7 years to complete, is also known as “Moritake Castle”.

It was an almost rectangular flatland castle built in the Renkaku-style.


 

Samurai Houses & Samurai street

Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan.

The Samurai houses in Shimabara along the old Samurai street nearby Shimabara Castle

were built in 18th century.

 


 

Featured tours related to Nagasaki-city, Unzen and Shimabara

11 days Kyushu tour

8 days Northern Kyushu tour

6 days North-West Kyushu tour

Hidden Christian History tour

Nagasaki one-day tour

 


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

     

 

Make an Enquiry   

 

Please send your enquiry by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 

 Enquiry Form  

 

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

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,
please ring our office a call.  ☎ +81-93-521-8897

 

 


 


 

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.


 

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.

 

 

Make an Enquiry   

 

Please send your enquiry by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 

 Enquiry Form  

 

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

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,
please ring our office a call.  ☎ +81-93-521-8897

 

 


 


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.


 

Make an Enquiry   

 

Please send your enquiry by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 

 Enquiry Form  

 

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

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,
please ring our office a call.  ☎ +81-93-521-8897

 


 

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

  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.
At that time, there were no construction machineries, the Steel 
Works was constructed with human power in just 4 years.
 

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.

 more

 

Japan’s steel industry began here 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.  
  more 

 
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.   more ..

Lunch at Otani Kaikan Hall
  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. more
 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.

・Disband at the hotel in Kitakyushu
 


  

Make an Enquiry   

 

Please send your enquiry by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 

 Enquiry Form  

 

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

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,
please ring our office a call.  ☎ +81-93-521-8897



 

 

Environmental technologies tour

 

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.


 

Make an Enquiry   

 

Please send your enquiry by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 

 Enquiry Form  

 

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

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,
please ring our office a call.  ☎ +81-93-521-8897

 


 


 

Recycling & Waste treatment technologies

 

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.


 

Make an Enquiry   

 

Please send your enquiry by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 

 Enquiry Form  

 

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

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,
please ring our office a call.  ☎ +81-93-521-8897

 


 


 

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.

 

 

Asia Pacific University Study tour in Kitakyushu, 2018

 
The study tour for International students
 
・Date      January 17, 2018
・Number of participant  14 students and professor  
・Countries of participants  
 Nigeria, Myanmer, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, USA
    Indonesia, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Germany
・Tour guide and conductor  : Masa Kondo, Japan KYUSHU Tourist
 
 
  Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal                 Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery
 
 
What to learn

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.

In this Field trip, let’s learn how Japan has become the world’s most

industrialized country. 
 

 

Itinerary

8:00                Leave APU and Beppu

10:00-11:00    Yokoshiro Citizen Centre

                       Learn about Local community’s activities in Kitakyushu

11:30-12:30    lunch at Riverwalk Kitakyushu neat Kokura Castle

13-00-14:30    Higashida District

  Kitakyushu Innovation Galle, Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

  Former Head office of Yawata Works

  (World Heritage of Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution)

15:00-16:30    Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation Yawata Works

18:30                   Arrive at Beppu and APU

 
 
  
 Yokoshiro Citizen Centre       Riverwalk Kitakyushu                          Kitakyushu Innovation Galle   
 
  
 Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace        Former Head office of Yawata Works     Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal   
 
 
 
 

IUJ (国際大学)Field trip in Kyushu

Field trip for International University of Japan ( IUJ )

 

・Where to visit : Kitakyushu and Nagasaki

・Duration : December 18 through 21, 2017

・Participants : 39 students and vice-president of IUJ

・Transportation : Large type chartered bus

・Tour conductor, guide and interpreter : Masa Kondo (Japan Kyushu Tourist)

 

   

 

●What to learn

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.

In this Field trip, how Japan has become the world’s most industrialized country is to be

learned from the various perspectives and angles

 


 

Itinerary

 

December 18,  Day 1   Kitakyushu

Transfer from Urasa(Niigata Prefecture) to Tokyo by Shinakansen, and Haneda to

 Kitakyushu by SFJ  

 Visit Mojiko

Stay in Kitakyushu, Daiwa Roynet Kokura Ekimae

 

  

 


 

December 19, Day 2  Kitakyushu 

TOYOTA MOTOR Kyushu visit

Lunch at Higashida Aeon MALL

NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL

Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery& Studio, lecture by Jay vice-president

Stay in Kitakyushu, Daiwa Roynet Kokura Ekimae

 

 

 


 

December 20, Day 3   Nagasaki

Transfer to Sas ebo-city, Nagasaki prefecture

Huis Ten Bosch back yard tour, to learn environmental improvement

Transfer to Nagasaki-city

Stay in Nagasaki, Hotel Wing Port Nagasaki

 

 

 


 

December 21,  Day 4   Nagasaki

World Peace learning in Nagasaki-city

Peace Park, Ground Zero, Atomic Bomb Museum

Transfer to Nagasaki Airport and to Urasa, Niigata prefecture