In 2015, “Meiji Japan’s industrial revolution heritage Kyushu, Yamaguchi and related areas” were nominated to be listed as the world heritage of UNESCO by Japanese government. This promotional movie introduces Miike Coal Mine and its related facilities in Omuta City which is included the industrial revolution heritage
Miike Coal Mine and its related facilities are one of the facilities which led the modernization of Japan in the Meiji Period. There still remains the 100 year-old buildings as they are. The scenery with Miike Port, an iron bridge makes us easily imagine how the place looked like at that time.
Interior of Old Mitsui Port Club where used be a place to entertain guests from both overseas and domestic was modern and gorgeous design that makes us feel the history and atmosphere of the Meiji Period. The place is the same as it used be and is currently used for wedding and more.
Access to Omuta City
Arriving by airplane:
Approximately 2hrs from Haneda Airport to Fukuoka Airport. About 6 mins from the airport to Hakata Station by Fukuoka City Subway. Another 35 mins from Hakata Station to Kurume Station and 30 mins from Kurume Station to Omuta Station by JR Kagoshima Main Line.
Arriving by train:
Approximately 5 hrs from Tokyo station to Hakata station by bullet train. About 1hr 10mins from Hakata Station to Omuta Station by JR Kagoshima Main Line.
Visiting historical places of many different eras
There remains many historical places of different eras like Miike Coal Mine and its facilities mentioned earlier in Omuta City. The oldest ones are national historical site Kugurizuka Mound, Haginoo Mound and Kurosaki Kanzeonzuka Mound. If you like visiting shrines, you should visit Kumano Shrine, Omuta Shrine and Hayametenmangu Shrine.Senjyu Kannon Bosatsu at Zenkoji Temple which was built in A.D.
Omuta Daijayama Festival
823 has been loved as Miike Kannon by local people for a long time. The biggest event of Omuta City is Omuta Daijayama Festival which is held every July. People play the drums and ring bells on the huge float called Daijayama which is 10 meters long, 5 meters high and 3 tons weight, and move around the city.
Local taste which is loved by locals
Omuta City has various of local food which is loved by locals. Every dish is simple but delicious. The best one is called Kosen Dago which is huge Okonomi-yaki. About in 1965, someone made cheap but pleasing food for students at Ariake Technical College.
Ika Taru Bento Box is another popular local food. It’s the most popular menu at a bento shop and it is deepfried squid legs with tartar sauce on top. Western Style Katsu Don can’t be missed neither which has been a soulfood of Omuta. It was served at Matsuya Department store which was closed in 2004 but it came back in 2014 by locals. It’s a Katsu Don with thick sauce and can be eaten by fork.
Why don’t you experience the tour of historical places and local tastes?
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