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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



Steel-framed repair workshops

Built in 1900. It was used for the fabrication and assembly of a parts and

the repair of machinery used at the Steel Works. 
It is the oldest existing steel-structured building in Japan and, more than

100 years later, is still a repair shop. The facility houses its original travelling

crane and it is still in use for maintenance work.


Former Forge Shop

Built in 1900 using designs and steel products from the German steel

manufacturer, the purpose of manufacturing forgings such as large

scaled spanners, chisels, hammers and stands for machine mounting 

needed for the construction of the steelworks. 


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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