Miyanohara Pit and the Remains of Miike Coal Railway
Miyanohara Pit and the remains of Miike Coal Railway have been inscribed on the World Cultural Heritage list as part of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution. The introduction of the Western-style linear coal mining technology gave way to increased production at Miike Coal Mine. Coal was transported via a dedicated coal railway from mining pits such as Miyanohara Pit to the Port of Miike for shipment.
Miyanohara Pit, a World Cultural Heritage site
From its opening in 1898 until its closure in 1931, Miyanohara Pit boasted an output of around 400,000 to 500,000 tons of coal every year, serving as the main pit of Miike Coal Mine. Today, although only the steel derrick and the brick room that houses the winch remain, it is designated as an important cultural property and historical site of Japan. The buildings are restored as they were at the time of the closure, quietly conveying the passion and dreams toward the modernization of Japan.
Remains of Miike Coal Railway, a World Cultural Heritage site
Miike Coal Mine Railway had once served as a means to transport coal, mining equipment and miners working on site. The length of the railway totaled 150 kilometers at its peak, and even today, a part of approximately 1.8 kilometers that is connected to the JR railway line is still in operation by a private company. The remains of the railway can be seen from Miyanohara Pit, which is also a World Cultural Heritage site.
|Name||Miyanohara Pit and the Remains of Miike Coal Railway|
|Address||1-86-3 Miyahara-machi, Omuta-shi, Fukuoka|
|Access||Take Nishitetsu Bus from JR or Nishitetsu Omuta Station and get off at Hayagane Meganebashi bus stop and walk for approximately 10 minutes|
|Business Hours||9:30 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:30)|
|Closed||Every Monday (next day if Monday is a public holiday), December 29 to January 3|
|Inquiries||TEL: 0944-41-2539 (Miyanohara Pit)|