During the latter half of the 19th century, Japan was the first non-Western nation to undergo modern industrialization and achieve rapid growth, which it did in an extremely short space of time.
With a focus on coal, the fuel that was the major driving force behind this change, and the iron and steel and shipbuilding that developed alongside this, a series of properties in Kyushu, Yamaguchi and related areas were inscribed collectively in July 2015 as World Cultural Heritage.
Yawata Steel Works First Head Office
The First Head Office was built in 1899, two years before Yawata Steel Works opened up for production. It is a red brick building with bilateral symmetry and a central dome, with rooms including the director’s office, the chief engineer’s office and a room for visiting foreign technicians.
Yawata Steel Works Repair Shop
The Repair Shop was built in 1900 using designs and steel materials from Germany’s Gutehoffnungshütte Radsatz GmbH (GHH). It was used for the fabrication and assembly of all parts and the repair of machinery used at the Steel Works. It is the oldest existing steel-structured building in Japan and, more than 110 years later, is still a repair shop.
Yawata Steel Works Former Forge Shop
The Former Forge Shop is a steel-structured building that was also built in 1900 using designs and steel materials from GHH for the purpose of manufacturing forgings needed for the construction of the steel works. It is currently being used as a steel works museum.
The Imperial Steel Works, Japan began operating in 1901. The Blast Furnace I site is a designated cultural property that is open to the public as a historic park. In addition to being able to view the inside of the blast furnace, visitors can learn about history from panel displays and exhibits such as freight cars that carried pig iron melted in the furnace.
《The museum is closed for a long time due to renovation work.》2020.03.31
At one point, Kitakyushu’s skies were choked with “seven colors of smoke,” and Dokai Bay was so polluted that fish were unable to survive there, leading to the nickname “Sea of Death.”
At Kitakyushu Environment Museum, you can learn about the history of the area’s past pollution issues and the measures that were taken to reclaim its blue sky and sea.
The museum also provides practical and fun information on how to lead a more eco-friendly life.
You are sure to be amazed at the environmental technologies of Kitakyushu, a city that has come into the global spotlight for its progressive environmental initiatives.
Every day, the museum holds free workshops on recycling.
Outside the museum building, you will also find the “Earth Path,” where visitors can experience the story of our planet, from its birth to the present day.
Drop by and experience the grand mysteries and wonders of planet Earth, a story written by Kuramoto So, one of the most famous Japanese scriptwriters.
The museum exhibits everything in a grandiose scale, including the birth of the earth until the present day and the evolution of life and nature. You can feel the full impact of the many world-class dinosaur skeletons on display. The museum does not only exhibit very important historical collections, but also displays the habitats and lifestyles of the people who lived in the Yayoi period (1000BC-300AD), as well as the Meiji (1868-1912), and Showa (1926-1989) eras.
The museum will be closed from February 1 to March 3, 2023 due to the renewal of the permanent exhibition.