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Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site

Kamaishi City - The birthplace of Japan's modern steel industry

With the help of technical guidance by Takato Oshima, known as the father of the modern iron and steel industry, Japan's oldest Western-style blast furnaces were built on the Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site in 1858. In 2015, it was listed as a World Heritage site as part of the "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution" and is one of the greatest historical remains that represent the modernization of the iron and steel industry in Japan.

Learn about the history of Japan's iron and steel industry at the Hashino Iron Mining Information Center

The main features at this center are panel displays and videos on iron manufacturing, including the Hashino Iron Mine. A 60-minute guided tour, beginning at the center, is also available. If you are interested in learning more about the steel industry, visit The Kamaishi Iron and Steel Museum, an approximately 10 minutes' drive from JR Kamaishi Station. In its theater, view the history of Kamaishi's iron and steel industry, featuring a life-size replica of the third blast furnace, with dynamic sound, lighting, and video footage.


Name Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site
Website https://visitiwate.com/en/article/4782
Address 2-15 Hashino-cho, Kamaishi-shi, Iwate
Access Approximately 30 minutes' drive from Unosumai Station on the Sanriku Railway
Inquiries TEL: 0193-22-8846 (World Heritage Division, Kamaishi City)
TEL: 0193-54-5250 (Hashino Iron Mining Information Center)
Others Please contact the Hashino Iron Mining Information Center ahead of a visit for unscheduled closing days during the winter.

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