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Port of Miike

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

Port of Miike, a World Cultural Heritage site

Located in Omuta City in Fukuoka, the Port of Miike opened in 1908 and had served as the loading port for coal and provided foundations for Japan’s modernization. Miike is the only port in Japan boasting the same lock system as the Panama Canal. Still operating, the port lets you learn about Japan’s modernization.

Laying the foundations for Japan’s modernization

The export of coal served as the source of foreign exchange and led Japan to make a major turn toward modernization, in which the Port of Miike played a part. Before the port was built, it took a full day to transport coal on small boats from the mouth of the Omuta River to large ports in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures; however, the opening of the port in Miike enabled the direct export of coal overseas. The port is still used for trade and is open for viewing from the Miike Port Lookout.

Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum: The perfect place to trace back through the cultural heritage of Japan’s modernization

The history and information about Miike coal mines are available at the Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum. The mines played an important role in the development of modern Japan in terms of energy. Having once flourished as Japan’s largest mining town, Omuta City is committed to conveying the values of coal mines as an excellent natural resource on the earth to future generations. In addition to permanent exhibits, the museum also holds several special exhibitions and events.

Location

Detail Information of Port of Miike
Name Port of Miike
Website http://www.miikeport.jp/english/port_of_miike.html
Address Shinko-machi, Omuta-shi, Fukuoka
Access Take Nishitetsu Bus from Omuta Station and get off at Mikawa-machi Itchome bus stop and walk for approximately 5 minutes
Take Nishitetsu Bus from Omuta Station and get off at Miikeko bus stop and walk for approximately 5 minutes
Business Hours Miike Port Lookout: 9:30 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:30)
Closed Observatory: Every Monday (next day if Monday is a public holiday), December 29 to January 3
Inquiries TEL: 0944-41-2750 (Omuta City Office Tourism and Hospitality Division)
Detail Information of Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum
Name Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum
Website http://www.sekitan-omuta.jp/english/index.html
Address 6-23 Misaki-machi, Omuta-shi, Fukuoka
Access Take a bus from JR or Nishitetsu Omuta Station and get off at AEON Mall Omuta bus stop and walk for approximately 8 minutes
Take a bus from JR or Nishitetsu Omuta Station and get off at Teikyo Daigaku Fukuoka Campus bus stop and walk for approximately 3 minutes
Business Hours 9:30 to 17:00
Closed Every Monday (next day if Monday is a public holiday), December 29 to January 3
Inquiries TEL: 0944-53-2377
Admission Adults and high school students: 420 yen; Children ages 4 to junior high school students: 210 yen; Children ages 3 and younger: Free

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