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Solid waste management tour in Kitaykushu

Kitakyushu-city is the advanced city of solid waste management in Japan. The comprehensive

Solid waste management system and Recycling technologies can be learned from waste

collecting procedure at household to the final stage of waste treatment such as incineration,

landfill and recycling. 


  • Kitakyushu Eco-Town Center



Tour conditions 

The tour is the tailor-made study tour exclusively for your group

What to learn

  Comprehensive Solid waste management system and Recycling technologies

Number of perticipant : from 5 to 40

Tour duration : 2 days ( one-day tour can be arranged if required ) 

Study tour planning and arrangement :

Tour guide and interpreter (English ) : Japan KYUSHU Tourist

Transportation : a chartered vehicle





Day 1

8:30 leave hotel in Kitakyushu

Eco Town Center

Hiagari Recycling Center for waste cans and bottles


Plastic PET Bottle recycling / Nishi-Nippon PET Recycling

Citizen community Center

17:30 arrive Hotel in Kitakyushu


Day 2

8:30 leave hotel in Kitakyushu

Waste paper recycling / Kyushu Seishi 

Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace


Melting Furnace  / Sin-Moji Plant 

Sightseeing Mojiko Retro

17:30 arrive Hotel in Kitakyushu


Option : the following sites can be arranged as option.

Hibikinada Biotope

Fukuoka Hydrogen Station

Oki Recycling Center Kururun



Where to visit and what to learn


Day 1


Eco Town Center

Eco Project information center that supports the Eco-town.  It introduces initiatives and activities

implemented in Eco-town to encourage people to proactively used the facility for such activities

as environmental study sessions and interaction amongst visitors.

 Introduce Eco Town Project

 in Kitakyushu-city

 Exhibition hall

  Introduce Recycling business

  in Kitakyushu-city


Hiagari Recycling Center for waste cans and bottles

The Recycling Center where separates cans, bottles and PET bottles collected in Kitakyushu-city

for recycling. And also paper containers and Styrofoam food packs are separated at this facility.


  Hiagari Recycling Center

 Lecture of separating procedure

 of household waste 

 Visit waste separating places

 for recycling


Plastic PET Bottle recycling / Nishi-Nippon PET Recycling

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are sorted by municipalities and recycled into

pellets and flakes, which can be used as raw materials for polyester fibers and egg cartons.

 Introduce recycling process

 of PET Bottle

 Visit PET Bottle recycling


 Final products from PET Bottle


Citizen community Center 

Introduce the Duties of Citizen and Self-government organization for recycling & waste management.

 Introduce the duties of Citizen &

 Self-government organization

 Learning how to clean the

 town by Citizen 

 Learning how to make the

 community for comfortable town 


Day 2


Waste paper recycling / Kyushu Seishi 

Refined waste papers is recycled into toilet papers. Sludge generated during the toilet paper

production process is used to produce a foaming inhibitor used by steel works.

 Introduce the waste paper

 recycling process

 Visit waste paper recycling


Final produst from waste paper

is toilet paper


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 of Industrial


Introduce World Heritage,

Meiji Japan’s Industry Revolution

Introducing Industry innovation

history of Japan


Only the Blast Furnace in the world which preserved as it was and here is. It contributed greatly to
the development of the Japanese steel industry and was used until 1972and has been preserved
just as it was. The big signboard at the top of the Blast Furnace displaying 1901” indicates the year
in which the Blast Furnace commenced operation. Equipment and tools which were actually used
are exhibited in the square, and you can see the iron-making process from the raw material
ore and coketo production of pig iron.

  Blast Furnace

   Cast house floor  

   Torped car


Melting Furnace  / Sin-Moji Plant 

The collected waste including metals is melted at over 1,700 degree Celsius in the Melting Furnace

and then the melted slag and metals are discharged. The slag is used as raw materials for pavement

and bricks and the metals are re-used for other steel products. The process and technology of the 

Melting Furnace can be learned. 

 Introduce waste treatment

 process by Melting Furnace

 Exhibition corner introduce

 waste separating procedure

 Tapping activity of Melting



Mojiko Retro

Dr. Albert Einstein awarded Nobel Prize in Physic visited Moji in 1922, and he acclaimed that

everything could see were Arts. The exotic district of Mojiko Retro is visited by more than 2 

million tourists a year. Moji-ko Port flourished following its 889 designation as a Special National

Port for exporting coal and other products. 


 Mitsui Club, Dr. Albert Einstein

 stayed in 1922


Kaikyo Plaza, the shopping

and restaurant area


  Enjoy romantic atomosphere

 and beautiful harbor




Hibikinada Biotope

Japan’s largest Biotope, the Pradise of creatures made over the year in the waste disposal site.   

237 kind of birds including circus spinouts listed on the Japan’s endangered species and 284 kind

of vegetation have been confirmed in the Biotope of 41 hectares.


 Biotope was created  from

 waste disposal land 


  Lake in the middle of Biotope

  237 kind of birds including

  circus have been confirmed


Fukuoka Hydrogen Station

World’s first hydrogen station for vehicle to utilize the wastewater treated in the Fukuoka Chubu

Sewage Treatment Center.  The process has been developed as a result of the verification testing

of technology for hydrogen creation sourced from wastewater biogas.

 Introduce hydrogen making

 process from sewage water

 Hydrogen supply system to


  Fukuoka Chubu Sewage

  Treatment Center


Oki Recycling Center Kururun

The biomass recycling facility that started operations in November 2006.It takes kitchen waste

from the town’s households and restaurants, along with septic tank sludge and raw sewage,

and uses a methane fermentation process to turn it into a biomass that can be used for power

generation. After the fermentation, the digestive fluids are used as liquid fertilizer. Furthermore,

Oki Town was the second in the country to make a zero-waste declaration, which it officially

announced in March 2008 with its Oki town Mottainai Declaration.


 Introduce biomass recycling

 process in Oki town

  Visit biomass recycling


 Waste collecting containers

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

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



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