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Industrial Heritages in Kitakyushu-city


The industrial innovation city where a lot of Japan’s Industries were born and Japan’s

industrial modernization has been achieved.


The city presents various Industrial Heritages including World Herigate of Meiji Japan’s

Industrial Revolution.



Kawachi Reservoir 

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



Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge

The only remaining lenticular truss bridge in Japan or lens type truss bridge, located at the south
side of Kawachi Reservoir and it was designed by Hisanori Numata.

This shape and colour really harmonize with nature and become a symbol of the Iron town Yahata.



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


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


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.


The rail way crossing the road

Miyatayama tunnel Yahata side

Miyatayama tunnel Tobata side


Onga River Pump Station, World Heritage

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



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