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Industrial Heritage tour in Kitakyushu

2017年6月29日
Learning the Japan's Industrial modernization 
   
of unprecedented surprising speed. 
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.



As the result of Japan’s rapid Industrial 
Modernization, Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution 
sites including four sites of Yawata Steel Works 
have been registered on
UNESCO World Heritage.


In Kitakyushu, there are many Industry 
Modernization Heritages, including above 
mentioned World Heritage.

The tour offers how Japan became the world's 
leading Industrial country by visiting Industrial
Modernization Heritages sites.


Itinerary  
 

●Depart hotel in Kitakyushu


Yahata port
Japan’s Modern Steel Works history started here.
Yawata was a rural village with a small population of agriculture 
and fishing industry. And this place was decided in Parliament 
as the Japan’s Modern Steel Works construction site in 1897.
At that time, there were no construction machineries, the Steel 
Works was constructed with human power in just 4 years. 



Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio
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 ...

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace
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.  The big signboard at the top of the Blast Furnace
displaying  “1901” indicates the year in which the Blast Furnace
commenced operation.
  more ...

World Herigtage
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 ...

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. Today, the Hall is open to the general public and it is 
used for wedding ceremonies and various parties as well.
 


Kawachi Resevoir
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.  The dam 
was constructed at the Okura River and upper stream of the 
dam was expanded for making the 7milion cubic metre reservoir.
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


●General condition of the tour
・Start and end of the tour is to be Kitakyushu-city or Fukuoka-city 
・Licensed English speaking guide is accompanied
・Chartered vehicle such as a jumbo taxi or bus is utilizes as per number of pax


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