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Architectures and constructions in Kitakyushu-city



Kitakyushu-city is the best place for learning architecture and construction design.

There are a lot of unique construction designed by renowned architects and civil engineers

that were constructed beginning of Japan’s Industrial modernization. The design philosophy 

of designers focused on the future can be learned.



UNESCO World Heritage / 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. The building  is registered on the UNESCO

World Heritage as Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution Site.


Kawachi Reservoir

The first-class civil construction heritage completed in 1927, the

triggered the registration of World Cultural Heritage of Sites of

Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.  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.


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 and completed in 1926
This shape and color really harmonize with nature and become a 
symbol of the Iron town Yahata.


West Japan Industrial Club

Historic Building representing modern Japanese architecture. The

building was constructed in 1911 as the former Matsumoto residence,

and was designed by renown architectural designer Tatsuno Kingo,

whose representative works was JR Tokyo Station.  The building is

designated as a national cultural asset.  This building is now open to

the public, and it is used as a restaurant, party and wedding reception.



The largest three-story wooden building used for Ryotei in Kyushu. 

Sankiro was built in 1928 and was the largest three-story wooden

building used for Ryotei in Kyushu, and was a representative building

for the time.


Mitsui Club

Built by the Mitsui Co., Ltd in 1921 as a reception centre and to provide

accommodation for VIP’s.  Designed by Shohei Matsuda Albert Einstein

(1879-1955), one of the world’s most famous theoretical  physicists, 

stayed here during his visit to Japan with his wife in 1922.


Former Mitsui O.S.K Line Building

This is a wooden 2-storey building consisting of an octagonal observatory 

and vivid orange-colored walls. It was built in 1917 as the Osaka Shosen

Moji Branch Office. At that time, the observatory was used for looking out

over Moji Port, and the building was utilized as a waiting room for 

continental voyages.



Kurogane Railway

Dedicated Railway for Yawata Steel Works, Connected between Yawata

and Tobata. Construction work took three years, and completed in 1930.

The most difficult and hard work was making Miyatayama tunnel with a

total length of 1180 m due to suffering from floods. The gates of the

Miyatayama tunnel are decorated with stately designs.


Map of Kitakyushu



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