The first-class civil construction heritage
The triggered the registration of World Cultural Heritage of Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial
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 and making the 7milion cubic metre reservoir.
Specification of the dam
・completion year : 1927
・height : 43.1 metre
・Width : 189 metre
In the construction of the dam, the unprecedented design in the world has been applied
in order to harmonize with nature and to save the construction cost. The stones come
out from the mountain when the river was expanded have been utilized for construction
of the dam.
All stones are cut into sizes and shapes by the stone technicians according to the
place of use. The large size stone were used at the main construction of the dam
and the small size stones were used for other places as per size and shape.
Construction was started in 1919 and was completed in1927 by 900 thousand total
number of workers.
Location of Kitakyushu-city
|Address||Kawachi, Yahata-higashi-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture|
30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station
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