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.
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
The first-class civil construction heritage completed in 1927, the triggered the registration of World
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.
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.
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.
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
Kitakyushu International Conference Center
Built in 1990, designed by Arata Isozaki
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.
Areas other than Kitakyushu-city
Starbucks at Approach path
The restaurant was designed by renown architecture designer Kengo Kuma in 2011. The concept
of the design is Harmony of Modern and traditional by natural material; 2000 cedar timber is
assembled in a traditional wood structure without using nails. Enjoy the luxurious time in the warmth
of wood and the scent of coffee.