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Kitakyushu UNESCO World Heritage / Industrial Revolution


World Heritage, Site of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution. The four sites of Yawata Steel

Works in Kitakyushu area have been inscribed as Iron and Steel Industry.

Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding, and Coal Mining, are a grouping of historic sites that played

an important part in the industrialization of Japan in the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods.

History of Industrial Revolution  

The buildings of the Imperial Steel Works, Japan at Yawata Works are the surviving

components of Asia’s first successful integrated iron and steel works: the State-run

Imperial Steel Works opened in 1901. 

It is located in the northernmost part of Fukuoka Prefecture, the north end of Kyushu, 8 km

south of Hibiki-Nada Seashore close to the continent of China


Japan’s Steel Industry



Steel Works operation has

commenced in 1901

Kawachi Reservoir



Triggered the registration of

World Cultural Heritage

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace



Contributed to the development

of the Japanese steel industry

Their present-day setting is still a working industrial landscape set in the southeastern

section of Yawata Works which, for over a century, has consistently maintained a leading

role in the Japanese steel industry.



World Heritage Sites  


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


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


General information 

Address Higasida, Yahata-higasiku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu


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