Hashino Iron Mine [World Heritage Site]

Kamaishi City


It was built between 1858 and 1858 under the technical guidance of Kato Oshima, said to be the father of modern steelmaking, and was later run by the Nanbu domain, making it the oldest Western-style blast furnace site. It has been designated as a national cultural property (historic site). In addition to the ruins of three blast furnaces, the ruins of a water mill, a shrine, a tenement house, and a mountain shrine have also been confirmed, and the remains show the operating and management conditions at the time, and are important for the modernization of the steel industry in Japan. As a symbolic historical site, its value is extremely high. On April 3, 1981, it was recognized as a historical heritage by the American Metals Institute and received the "Historical Landmark Award." On July 5, 2015, "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel Manufacturing, Shipbuilding, and Coal Industry," including the Hashino Iron Mine (Hashino Blast Furnace Ruins and Related Sites), was announced at the 39th World Congress held in Bonn, Germany. It was registered as a World Heritage Site by the Heritage Committee.

15, Hashinocho, Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture 026-0411
Business Hours
You can visit at any time (however, it is difficult to visit in winter due to snow)
*Hashino Iron Mine Information Center is closed in winter.
Kamaishi City Industrial Promotion Department World Heritage Division
Phone number 0193-22-8846
FAX number 0193-22-3633

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