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Kitakyushu / UNESCO Industrial Revolution One-day tour

Kitakyushu-city is the birth place of Steel Making Industry in Japan and contributed greatly to

the development of the Japanese industry modernization. The four sites of Yawata Steel Works

in Kitakyushu area have been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage as Sites of Japan’s Meiji

Industrial Revolution in 2015.

This tour introduce how Kitakyushu-city contributed to Japan’s industrial modernization with

unprecedented speed in the world and also the history to Environmental Future City can be

learned while visiting World Heritage sites and related Industry Heritages.



 Location of Kitakyushu-city




Tour conditions 

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.




8:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Kitakyushu-city using Kyushu Expressway, 1 hours 

Visite World Heritage and related site in Kitakyushu

 Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio   → Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

 First Head Office the Steel Works  UNESCO World Heritage

Lunch at Otani-kaikan Hall

Kawachi Reservoir  → Minami Kawachi bridge

Onga River Pump Station UNESCO World Heritage

Transfer to Fukuoka-cuty

18:00 Arrive at Fukuoka-city



Where to visit  


Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio

Museum of Industrial Technology, in April 2007, based on this theme of “innovation, ” the Kitakyushu

Innovation Gallery & Studio (KIGS) opened in Yahata, Higashida, where Japan’s mordern steel industry

 operation was started. 

Museum Building

World Heritage,

Meiji Japan’s Industry Revolution

Introducing Industry innovation

history of Japan


Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

The only one in the world, the Blast Furnace which was actually used until 1972, is preserved as it was.  

This place is the birth place of Japan’s modern steel industry began in 1901 and It contributed greatly

to the development of the Japanese steel industry.


First Head Office of the Steel Works

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


Otani-kaikan Hall

Built in 1927, opened as an employee club of the then-owned Yawata Steel Works. The western-style

building of Art Deco style architecture. The Hall building received the Kitakyushu City Architectural

Culture Award in 1989. 


Kawachi Reservoir

The reservoir for supplying water to Yawata Steel Works; the construction took 8 years and was

completed in 1927.  The concept of the designer Hisanori Numata was “Civil engineering is an

eternal monument”. The Dam in harmony with nature, is imaged European Castle and  the volume

7milion cubic metre reservoir.


 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.


Onga River Pump Station

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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Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 



Related sites to the Study tour

Study tour to Kyushu     Study tour to Nagasaki      History of Industrial modernization 

Environmental Future city Kitakyushu 



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