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Omuta, a town with World Cultural Heritage

"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.

World Cultural Heritage, "Miyahara Pit"

The Miyahara Pit forms one part of the "Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution" that were registered as World Cultural Heritage in 2015. From 1898 until its closure in 1931, as the main pit of the Miike Coal Mine, it boasted an annual output of approximately 400,000 to 500,000 tonnes of coal. Today, the site, where only the steel derrick and brick winch room remain, is a designated Important Cultural Property and Historical Site of Japan. The buildings, which convey the passion of those times, have been preserved in the state they were in when the Miike Coal Mine was closed. They quietly continue to tell the story of the dreams of modern Japan.

World Cultural Heritage, "Miike Coal Mine Railway Ruins"

The Miike Coal Mine Railway Ruins form one part of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution that were registered as World Cultural Heritage in 2015. This railway once carted coal, mining equipment, and coal miners. In its heyday, it had a total length of 150 km, and even today, 1.8 km is still connected to the JR railway line and is used by a private-sector company. The remains of the railway can be seen from the Miyahara Pit, which is also a World Cultural Heritage site.

World Cultural Heritage, "Miike Port"

Miike Port, which opened in 1908 as a coal shipping port, formed the foundation that underpinned Omuta’s modernization. It is the only port in Japan with a dock with lock gates. Before the port was built, coal was carted by small boats from the mouth of the Omuta River to Kuchinotsu Port (Minamishimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture) or Misuminishi Port (Uki, Kumamoto Prefecture). With the opening of Miike Port, however, coal could be exported overseas directly from Miike Coal Mine, which helped the mine to take major strides forward. Miike Port is still a working port and can be seen from the Miike Port Lookout.
Access: Take the JR Kagoshima Main Line train or the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta Line train to Omuta Station and change to a Nishitetsu Bus from the "Omuta Ekimae" bus stop outside the east exit of the JR station. Get off the bus at "Mikawa-machi Itchome" bus stop and walk for 5 minutes. Alternatively, board a Nishitetsu Bus from the "Station West Exit" stop outside Omuta Station on the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta Line. Get off the bus at "Miikeko" and walk for 5 minutes. Open to the public from 9:30 to 17:00.
Miike Lookout: Shinko-machi, Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture Miike Lookout
Inquiries: 0944-41-2750 (Omuta City Office Tourism and Hospitality Division)

Start your tour of the cultural heritage of Japan’s modernization here! "Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum"

The Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum is a facility that provides guidance regarding heritage related to the Miike Coal Mine.
Coal underpinned the development of modern Japan from the energy perspective. Omuta was once Japan’s biggest coal mining town. Omuta learned of the mighty power of coal in the march of progress. It will continue to convey to future generations the might of the outstanding global resource that is coal, something that is well known by this area. As well as permanent exhibits, the Museum also holds a variety of special exhibitions and events.
Access: Take the JR Kagoshima Main Line train or the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta Line train to Omuta Station and change to a Nishitetsu Bus from the "Station West Exit" bus stop outside the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta Line Station. Get off the bus at the "AEON Mall Omuta" bus stop and walk for 8 minutes, or get off at "Teikyo Daigaku Fukuoka Campus" and walk for 3 minutes.
Admission is ¥410 for adults and senior high school students, and ¥200 for children aged 4 years to junior high school. Children aged three years and under are admitted free. Open from 9:30 to 17:00.
Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum: 6-23 Misaki-machi, Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture
Inquiries: 0944-53-2377 (Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum)

Location

Name Omuta
Web Sites https://www.miike-coalmines.jp
Address 1-86-3 Miyahara-machi, Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture
(Miyahara Pit and Miike Coal Mine Railway Ruins)
Access Miyahara Pit and Miike Coal Mine Railway Ruins
Take the JR Kagoshima Main Line train or the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta Line train to Omuta Station and change to a Nishitetsu Bus from the "Omuta Ekimae" bus stop outside the east exit of the JR Omuta station. Get off at the "Hayagane Meganebashi" bus stop and walk for 10 minutes.
Business Hours Miyahara Pit and Miike Coal Mine Railway Ruins 9:30 - 17:00
Inquiries Miyahara Pit and Miike Coal Mine Railway Ruins TEL:0944-41-2539 (Miyahara Pit Guides Waiting Room)

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