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World Heritage in Kitakyushu


World Heritage, Site of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution


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

as Iron and Steel Industry.

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

an important part in the industrialization of Japan in the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods.

History of Industrial Revolution

The buildings of the Imperial Steel Works, Japan at Yawata Works 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


Japan’s Steel Industry

Steel Works operation has

commenced in 1901

Kawachi Reservoir

Triggered the registration of

World Cultural Heritage

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

contributed to the development

of the Japanese steel industry

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

Yawata Works which, for over a century, has consistently maintained a leading role in the Japanese

steel industry.




World Heritage Sites


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.

World leading rails producing

in the Steel Works

First Head Office building

registered on the World Heritage

Observation deck of the

World Heritage


Onga River Pump Station

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.

 Onga River

 Onga River Pump Station

 Water piping to the Steel Works



Steel-framed repair workshops

Built in 1900. It was used for the fabrication and assembly of a 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.


Former Forge Shop

Built in 1900 using designs and steel products from the German steel manufacturer, the purpose of manufacturing forgings such as large scaled spanners, chisels, hammers and stands for machine mounting needed for the construction of the steelworks. 


General information

Address Higasida, Yahata-higasiku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu


Oura Cathedral


Basilica of Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan


Registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage as Hidden Christian site


One of the famous landmarks in Nagasaki-city, was built in 1865 under the supervision of 

the French priest Bernard Petitjean.

It was designated as a National Treasure in 1933 for its value as Japan’s oldest Gothic-style



Entrance gate of Oura Cathedral

1,000 yen admission fee

Japan’s oldest Gothic-style

Cathedral building

Windows of Cathedral building


“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.


Former Latin Seminario


Statue of Mary, at entrance of

Cathedral, installed in 1867

Statue of Pope John Paul II,

visited here in 1981



General information

Address 5-3 Minamiyamate, Nagasaki-city

10 minutes walk from Oura tensyudo-mae tram station

Open hours 8:00 to 17:45
Admission fee JPY 1,000
Days closed No closing days



Sakitsu Village


Registered on UNESCE World Heritage as Hidden Christian site


A Gothic-looking church is located on a cove of a fishing village. In 1934, a French priest

Augustin Halbout MEP purchased the premises of the former village headman and built a

wooden and concrete finished church, with Tetsukawa Yosuke’s design and construction.

He placed the altar at the very site where fumie or a test to ensure non-allegiance to

Christianity had been conducted.


General information

Address 539 SAkitsu Kawazu-cho, Amakusa-city, Kumamoto-prefecture

by Car

2 hours 40 minutes from Kumamoto-city

45 minutes from Amakusa Airport


Open hours


9:00 to 17:00

Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed No closing days


Oe Cathedral


Registered on UNESCE World Heritage as Hidden Christian site


The oldest Catholic Church in Amakusa and was one of the first churches built right after the ban

on Christianity was lifted. The and Romanesque-style architecture and the chalky white structure

was rebuilt in 1933 by a French missionary priest named Father Garnier using his own money and

contributions from local Christians living in the area.



General information

Address 1782 Oe Amakusa-cho, Amakusa-city, Kumamoto-prefecture

by Car

2 hours 50 minutes from Kumamoto-city

60 minutes from Amakusa Airport

Open hours 9:00 to 17:00
Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed No closing days


Munakata Taisha Shrine Hetsu-miya



 Torii Gate Stone Lantern  Pond at the approach


Chozysha, pureification place Main Gate Imperial Chrysanthemum pattern


Main Shrine of Hetsu-miya Main Shrine of Hetsu-miya Deities in Hetsu-miya


 700 years old Oak Sacred tree Oak Sacred tree Oak Sacred tree


 Entrance of Takamiya Saijo

 Approach to Takamiya Saijo

through sacred area

Takamiya Saijo

Japan’s oldest Ancient style Shrine



 Tenni-gu Shrine Teisan-gu Shrine  Shinpokan Museum 


Munakata Taisha Shrine



Munakata Taisha is a part of World Heritage as Sacred Island of Okinoshima and

Associated Sites in the Munakata Region which has been registered in 2017.


Munakata Taisha is a collection of three Shinto shrines located in Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture.

The Munakata-taisha consist of three shrines—Hetsu-miya, Nakatsu-miya and Okitsu-miya.

The shrines are devoted to the three Munakata goddesses. These kami are believed to be daughters

of the goddess Amaterasu, the ancestress of the imperial family.

The deities has also been worshipped there for many years as the god of mariners, and traffic

safety on land as well.






Oshima Island


Okinoshima Island


World Heritage

Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

The site has been registered on the World heritage in 2017, 
and consist of the following.

・Okinoshima, Okitsu-miya Munakata Taisha
・Okitsu-miya Yohaisyo in Oshima island
・Nakatsu-miya, Munakata Taisha in Oshima island
・Hetsu-miya, Munakata Taisha

・Shimbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tomb Group




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Site of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution


The site has been registered on the World Heritage in 2015.