A World Heritage Site symbol of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution
The Manda Pit, located in the city of Arao in Kumamoto Prefecture, northern Kyushu, is a site that symbolizes Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution. The pit is part of the Miike Coal Mine, which was one of the largest coal mines in Japan and played an essential role toward the rapid industrialization of the country during the Meiji Period (1868-1912). The Manda Pit was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2015 and has been attracting visitors from across the country and abroad. Take a visit to the complex and feel the magnificence of the buildings and machinery that stood the test of time. You can participate in a free guided tour inside the UNESCO Heritage and, if you are lucky, you can listen to stories told by former coal miners who used to work for the Miike Coal Mine and the Manda Pit. The site is easily accessed from the hub airport of Kyushu, the Fukuoka International Airport (approximately 90 minutes by train).