Industrial Heritage tour in Kitakyushu
The tour offers how Japan became the world’s leading
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.
・Start and end of the tour is to be Kitakyushu
・Guided by Industrial Heritage guide
・Chartered vehicle such as a jumbo taxi or bus
World Herigtage → Lunch at Otani Kaikan Hall → Kawachi Resevoir
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.
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.
Meiji Japan’s Industry Revolution
Introducing Industry innovation
history of Japan
This office is a Witness who has been watching the history of industrial
modernization in Japan while also experiencing war.
received the Kitakyushu City Architectural Culture Award in 1989.
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.
The rail way crossing the road
Miyatayama tunnel Yahata side
Miyatayama tunnel Tobata