A Coal Mine that Supported Modernization

Miike Coal Mine and Miike Port

The Miike Coal Mine is Japan’s largest domestic coal mine, and is the second of its kind to have undergone modernization. Serving to support the development of Japan’s industry, the mine’s main pitheads were the Miyanohara pit and the Manda pit. Miike Port was developed in order to internationally export coal collected from the Miike Coal Mine, and is the only port in Japan to operate on a lock system. An exclusive railway service operates from the coal mine to the port, and the pitheads, railway, and port are all listed as part of a designated World Heritage Site. Miike Port continues to be in use today, and those who had been involved in the overall development of the Miike Coal Mine had taken part in the construction of the port in hopes that it could become a basis for industry even should there come a time when coal could no longer be harvested.

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  • Miike Coal Mine and Miike Port

    Kumamoto, Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture and

    Arao, Kumamoto Prefecture

    (First photo) Courtesy of Arao City

    (Second photo) Courtesy of Omuta City

  • Miike Coal Mine and Miike Port

    Kumamoto, Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture and

    Arao, Kumamoto Prefecture

    (First photo) Courtesy of Arao City

    (Second photo) Courtesy of Omuta City

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