yahata 八幡市

A city within the city


Yahata was first a city in its own right, before forming in 1963, two small districts of the brand new city of Kitakyushu, on the island in the south-west of Japan.



Yahata had the largest steel mills in the country and this is the reason why this city was bombed several times by the Americans during the Second World War. Note that it was again bombed on May 8, 1945 : almost a quarter of the city was destroyed. The smoke from the bombings was a chance for the region: the Americans planned to drop the second atomic bomb, Fat Man, on the nearby town of Kokura , but due to particularly poor visibility, the initial target was abandoned to the detriment of the city of Nagasaki .



A historic district.

Jul 560

Vue sur Kitakyushu du mont Sarakura

View of Kitakyushu from Mount Sarakura


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  • Address

  • Timetable

    Yahata Station (JR lines)

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