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The Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining (明治日本の産業革命遺産 製鉄・鉄鋼、造船、石炭産業 Meiji nihon no sangyōkakumei isan: seitetsu, tekkō, zōsen, sekitan sangyō) is a world heritage site, comprising 23 components around Japan.



During the Bakumatsu and Meiji eras (the second half of the 19th century), Japan transformed from a feudal state to a more modern society. The Emperor Meiji realized that Japan needed to keep up technologically with the West in order not to become a colony. This resulted in an industrial revolution, and Japan is widely regarded as the first non-Western country to industrialize. This site, inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2015 comprises some of the best preserved and most important places from that time.


Map of Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution

Hagi Proto-industrial Heritage

  • 1 Hagi Reverbatory Furnace.
  • 2 Ebisugahana Shipyard.
  • 3 Ohitayama Tatara Iron Works.
  • 4 Hagi Castle Town.
  • 5 Shokasonjuku Academy.
  • 6 Shuseikan.
  • 7 Terayama Charcoal Kiln.
  • 8 Sekiyoshi Sluice gate of Yoshino leat.

Nagasaki Shipyard and near Nagasaki

  • 9 Kosuge Slip Dock.
  • 10 Mitsubishi No.3 Dry Dock.
  • 11 Mitsubishi Senshokaku Guest House.
  • 12 Mitsubishi Giant Cantilever Crane.
  • 13 Mitsubishi Former Pattern Shop.
  • 14 Takashima Coal Mine.
  • 15 Hashima Coal Mine.
  • 16 Glover House and Office.

Elsewhere in Kyushu

  • 17 Mietsu Naval Dock (Saga).
  • 18 Miike Coal Mine and Miike Port (Omuta).
  • 19 Misumi West Port (Uki).
  • 20 The Imperial Steel Works, Japan (Kitakyushu).
  • 21 Onga River Pumping Station (Nakama).

Central and northern Japan

  • 22 Nirayama Reverbatory Furnaces (Izunokuni).
  • 23 Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site (Kamaishi).

See also

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