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UNESCO World Heritages in Kyushu

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We have four UNESCO World Heritages in Kyushu.

Those sites are located all over Kyushu.

 Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution   registered in 2015

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region   registered in 2018

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata region  registered in 2017

Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan   registered in 2016

 


 

 Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution 

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. Location

of the site : Kitakyushu, Nakama, Saga, Omuta, Arao, Misumi, Nagasaki, Kagoshima.

 


 

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

Hidden Christian Site in Nagasaki Regions bear unique testimony to the tradition of people and

their communities who secretly transmitted their faith in Christianity while surviving in the midst

of the conventional society and its religions during the time of prohibition. Location of the sites

are Nagasaki, Shimabara, and Amakusa.

 


 

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata

The island of Okinoshima is located in the Genkai sea between Japan and Korea,  As even

landing on the island has been prohibited, the strict taboos have preserved archaeological ritual

sites on the island almost intact over a millennium.In three shrines of Munakata Taisha, located

in the islands of Okinshima, Oshima and Kyushu.  From Okitsu-miya Yohaisho on Oshima, we can

worship Okinoshima from afar. And Shimbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tomb Group is the evidence of

people who nurtured the tradition of worshipping the sacred island. Location of the sites are Munakata,

Fukutsu, and Oshima.

 


 

Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan  

In cities and towns throughout Japan, float festivals are held by communities annually to pray

to the gods for peace and protection from natural disasters. Location of the site : Kitakyushu,

Fukuoka, Hita, Karatsu, Yatsushiro.

 

 


 

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Nagasaki UNESCO World Heritage / Industrial Revolution

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The origin of Japan’s modernization is here. Under the growing sense of crisis over a foreign

menace, Nagasaki supported the introduction of Western countries technology, which started

during the last years of Japan’s National isolation period. With “ Dejima ” as the only window

to West during the period of National isolation. Nagasaki has contributed to Japan’s modernization

by serving as a place to acquire knowledge from oversea.

Nagasaki contributed for Shipbuilding and Coal Mining and 7 sites have been

registered on the UNESCO World Heritage, Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.

 


 

Glover House  

Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine Western style buildings

including the Glover’s Residence built in 1863 by Japanese carpenter Koyama Hidenoshin. The 

Glover Residence is Japan’s oldest wooden Western-style building.

 


 

Former Pattern Shop / Shipyard History Museum

The Former Pattern Shop was built in 1898 to produce wooden patterns for castings and is the

oldest factory building in the shipyard. It is a two-storied brick building with a timber roof truss.

There is a U-shaped rail on the ceiling to transport materials. The building was refurbished to the

Shipyard History Museum in 1985 and is open to the public.

 


 

Giant Cantilever Crane

The Giant Cantilever Crane is the first electric-powered crane of its type in Japan, imported from

Scotland in 1909, which is the oldest surviving one in operation in the world. It can still lift a load

of 150 tons and is used to ship heavy goods.

 


 

Hashima Coal Mine  /  Gunkan-jima island

Hashima coal mining island is an artificial reclaimed island and the site of Japan’s first major

undersea coal exploitation (1890) pioneered by Mitsubishi – and host to one of the world’s

most extraordinary former mining communities. Hashima Island is located 3 km southwest of

Takashima, and it was the success of Takashima that led Mitsubishi to purchase this island – both

islands giving access to the same undersea coal deposit. Now Hashima is a ruin called “Gunkanjima”,

so called after its resemblance to the silhouette of a battleship.

 


 

Location of Nagasaki-city

 

  

 

 


 

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Former Pattern Shop / Shipyard History Museum

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The Former Pattern Shop has been registered on UNESCO World Heritage

as Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.  The Former Pattern Shop was built in

1898 to produce wooden patterns for castings and is the oldest factory building in the

shipyard. It is a two-storied brick building with a timber roof truss. There is a U-shaped

rail on the ceiling to transport materials. The building was refurbished to the Shipyard

History Museum in 1985 and is open to the public.

 


 


 

Location of Nagasaki-city

 

  

 


 

General information  

Address 1-1 Akunoura-machi, Nagaaki-city, Nagasaki-prefecture
Access

15 minutes by a vehicle from JR Nagasaki station

Open hours 9:00 to 16:30  advance reservation is required
Admission fee JPY 800
Days closed Second Saturday
 

 


 

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Kitakyushu UNESCO World Heritage / Industrial Revolution

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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 ChinaTheir present-day setting is still a

working industrial landscape set in the south-eastern section of Yawata Works which, for over a

century, has consistently maintained a leading role in the Japanese steel industry.

 

Japan’s Steel Industry

  Kawachi Reservoir

  Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace


 

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 produced

in the Steel Works

First Head Office building

 

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
Access

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu

Kitakyushu / UNESCO Industrial Revolution One-day tour

Kitakyushu-city is the birth place of Steel Making Industry in Japan and contributed greatly to

the development of the Japanese industry modernization. The four sites of Yawata Steel Works

in Kitakyushu area have been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage as Sites of Japan’s Meiji

Industrial Revolution in 2015.

This tour introduce how Kitakyushu-city contributed to Japan’s industrial modernization with

unprecedented speed in the world and also the history to Environmental Future City can be

learned while visiting World Heritage sites and related Industry Heritages.

 


 

 Location of Kitakyushu-city

 

 

 


 

Tour conditions 

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maximum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

 


 

Itinerary  

8:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Kitakyushu-city using Kyushu Expressway, 1 hours 

Visit World Heritage and related site in Kitakyushu

 Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio   → Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

 First Head Office the Steel Works  UNESCO World Heritage

Lunch at Otani-kaikan Hall

Kawachi Reservoir  → Minami Kawachi bridge

Onga River Pump Station UNESCO World Heritage

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

18:00 Arrive at Fukuoka-city

 


 

Where to visit  

 

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 Building

World Heritage, Meiji

Japan’s Industry Revolution

Introducing Industry innovation

history of Japan


 

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

The only one in the world, the Blast Furnace which was actually used until 1972, is preserved as it was.  

This place is the birth place of Japan’s modern steel industry began in 1901 and It contributed greatly

to the development of the Japanese steel industry.

 


 

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 rail produced

in the Steel Works

First Head Office registered

on the World Heritage

Observation deck of the

World Heritage


 

Otani-kaikan Hall

Built in 1927, opened as an employee club of the then-owned Yawata Steel Works. The western-style

building of Art Deco style architecture. The Hall building received the Kitakyushu City Architectural

Culture Award in 1989. 

 


 

Kawachi Reservoir

The reservoir for supplying water to Yawata Steel Works; the construction took 8 years and was

completed in 1927.  The concept of the designer Hisanori Numata was “Civil engineering is an

eternal monument”. The Dam in harmony with nature, is imaged European Castle and  the volume

7milion cubic metre reservoir.

 


 

 Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge

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

 

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


 
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Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

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Industrial Heritages in Kitakyushu

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Kitakyushu-city  is the industrial innovation city where a lot of Japan’s Industries were born

and Japan’s industrial modernization has been achieved. The city presents various Industrial

Heritages including UNESCO World Herigate of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.

 


 

First Head Office of the Steel Works   UNESCO World Heritage

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, UNESCO World Heritage

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


 

Kawachi Reservoir 

The first-class civil construction heritage that triggered the registration of World Cultural Heritage of

Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution.Th e Kawachi Reservoir was constructed for the industrial water

supply to Yawata Steel Works


 

Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge

The only remaining lenticular truss bridge in Japan or lens type truss bridge, located at the south
side of Kawachi Reservoir and it was designed by Hisanori Numata.  This shape and colour really
harmonize with nature and become a symbol of the Iron town Yahata.

 

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

The Blast Furnace used to make the pig iron and was where Japan’s steel industry began in 1901.

It contributed greatly to the development of the Japanese steel industry and was used until 1972,

and has been preserved just as it was.

Indication of the year of Steel

Works operation commencement

Proper of Blast furnace, Hot

Stoves and Stack

Cast house floor, the pig iron

is being discharged


 

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 1180m

due to suffering from floods. The gates of the Miyatayama tunnel are decorated with stately designs.

The rail way crossing the road

Miyatayama tunnel Yahata side

Miyatayama tunnel Tobata side


 

The western-style building of Art Deco style architecture which was completed in 1927, and opened
as an employee club of the then-owned Yawata Steel Works. The Hall building received the
Kitakyushu City Architectural Culture Award in 1989. 

 


 

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Saga-city one-day tour

 

Saga-city in Kyushu is the seat of the Saga-prefectural government.

It faces the Ariake Sea on the south and is home to Saga Airport. In the center of the city is

the Saga Castle History Museum, which also serves as the city’s symbol.

The castle itself is no longer standing, but the main keep has been reconstructed, resulting in

one of the largest wooden structures in Japan.

 

Saga is also known as the plece where it has made a great contribution to the Japanese

Industrial Revolution.

 


 

  Location of Saga-city

 

  

 

 


 

Tour conditions

 

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city , please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

   (1) less than 8 person

     a chartered taxi is used with English speaking driver

     English speaking driver assist the tour as tour guide and tour attendant

   (2) more than 9 person

  a chartered bus is used with Japanese speaking driver

  English speaking guide who also works as a tour attendant is accompanied

    for assist the tour in the case of using a chartered bus

 


 

Itinerary

 

9:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Saga-city

Exploring  Saga-city

 Saga Castle History Museum  Saga Shrine lunch at Saga Shpping destrict

 Saga Canal boat cruise

 Mietsu Naval Dock 

Yoshinogari Remains 

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

17:30 Arrive Fukuoka-city

 


 

Where to visit

 

Saga Castle History Museum

Japan’s Industrial Modernization activity was started here in Saga.

The largest restored wooden building in Japan at 2,500m2, the museum offers the unparalleled

chance to experience a Japanese castle from more than 175 years ago.

 


 

Saga Shrine

The shrine is designated as the special government shrine. The shrine dedicated to Naomasa

Nabeshima, who oversaw the manufacture of Japan’s first modern Cannon.

 


 

Saga Canal boat cruise


 

Mietsu Naval Dock  UNESCO World Heritage

Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution , before Meiji Restoration, the Mietsu Naval Dock served

as a venue for naval drilling and maintenance of Western-style ship, as the naval base of Saga Clan.

Japan’s first practical steam ship, the Ryofu-maru was constructed there in 1865.

 

   

 

Yoshinogari Remains

The largest archeological remains in Japan. Lie on the spacious hilly area in the northeastern

part of Saga. Remains of a ringed-dugout settlement presumably dating back to the 3rd century

B.C. were unearthed there, and excavation is still underway at the site.

 


 

Opition

 

Tsukiji Reflectance Furnace

This is the Japan’s first constructed Reflectance Furnace and it was used for Japan’s first

Cannon manufacturing.

The reflectance furnace was greatly contributed for initial stage of Japan’s Industrial Modernization.

 

     

 

Contact us

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

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

Enquiry Form 

You can also contact us by e-mail at  info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

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

 


 

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