Kamaishi, steel city 釜石市の鉄鋼業

Village de Kamaishi

Kamaishi Village

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The Cradle of Japan's Industrial Revolution


Located east of Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi is one of 12 Japanese cities that will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019. If today the city is famous for its love of the oval ball, it is nevertheless the steel industry that has made his fame throughout the country. Discovery of this small town which propelled Japan into the industrial revolution.


  • The mines of Hashin

In operation from 1858 to 1894, the Hashino mines formed an industrial complex 3.5 km long. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015, it is one of the few sites of the Meiji Industrial Revolution (1868-1912) that has survived to the present day. You can still see the blast furnaces that were used to transform iron, the railways used to transport minerals and of course, the rest of the mines that made Kamaishi famous.


Practical information : free admission, 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.


Les ruines de la mine de Hashino

Hashino Mine Ruins

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Les ruines de Hashino

The ruins of Hashino

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Les mines de Hashino

The Hashino Mines

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