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Kyushu Travel Guide

Higashida

 

Birth place of Steel Making Industry in Japan 

 

Located at the food of Mt. Sarakura and facing to Dokai Bay, which is used as a shipping port

for the steel industry. 

The area has various Industrial Heritages and Museums.

 


 

First Head Office of the Steel Works  World Cultural 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.

 

World leading rails producing

in the Steel Works

First Head Office building

registered on the World Heritage

Observation deck of the

World Heritage


 

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

 

The Blast Furnace used to make the pig iron and was where Japan’s steel industry began 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.

 

Indication of the year of Steel

Works operation commencement

Proper of Blast furnace, Hot

Stoves and Stack

Cast house floor, the pig iron

is being discharged


 

Mount Sarakura

The World’s most Dynamic Night view !

Mount Sarakura is the best scenic spot in Kitakyushu-city

Almost all the industrial, comercial and residential areas in Kitakyushu-city can be seen

from the top of the mountain.

 

At the summit, 622 meter

from the sea level

The magnificent and spectacular

view of all over Kitakyushu-city

The World’s most Dynamic

Night view


 

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.

 


 

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 rail way crossing the road

Miyatayama tunnel Yahata side

Miyatayama tunnel Tobata side


 

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. 

 

 


 

General information

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

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu


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