[Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces]
A piece of industrial heritage constructed in preparation for threats from foreign countries at the end of Edo period
The construction of these cannon casting furnaces for protecting Japan at the end of Edo period was completed in 1857 as a result of advice given to the shogunate by Tarozaemon Egawa, the local magistrate of Nirayama. Reverberatory furnaces produce superior iron by melting pig iron which contains a range of impurities. This is the only place in Japan where the furnaces and the chimneys still remain to this day. The site is officially designated as a historic site and was registered as a piece of World Heritage in 2015 as part of "Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining".
|Posted photos||Main South-B furnace opening
Right Reverberatory furnaces
|Address||Naka 268, Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Phone||+81-55-949-3450 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||April 1 to September 30: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
October 1 to March 31: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|Holidays||The third Wednesday of the month (Thursday if Wednesday is a holiday)|
|Viewing ticket||Adults (high school age and over) 500 yen
Elementary school students and junior high school students 50 yen
|Access||Take the Izu Hakone Railway from "Mishima Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 20 minutes, alight at "Izu-Nagaoka Station" and take a taxi for approx. 5 minutes.|
updated on Aug 31, 2017
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