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Kawachi Reservoir


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

・Water storage capacity : 7,000,000 cubic 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.



Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge

The only remaining lenticular truss bridge in Japan  ( lens type truss bridge),
located at the south side of Kawachi Reservoir and it was designed by Hisanori
Numata.  This shape and color really harmonize with nature and become a
symbol of the Iron town Yahata.


 Location of Kitakyushu-city




 General information  


Address Kawachi, Yahata-higashi-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station


 Featured tous in Fukuoka-prefecture

 Fukuoka-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kawachi Wisteria garden & Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu-city-city / UNESCO Industry Revolution one-day tour          

Kitakyushu-city study tour       

・ Kitakyushu-city hiking tour

・ Yanagawa & Dazaifu one-day tour

・ Itoshima one-day tour

・ Munakata & Fukutsu / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour  

・ Munakata, Oshiama & Okinoshima / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour

・ Toho village, Asakura and Ukiha one-day tour

・ Yoshii & Yanagawa Hina doll festival one-day tour

・ Kurume & Yame region one-day tour




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