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
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
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
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.
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
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.
|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
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