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Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site

The Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site refers to both the mining site for iron ore and the mine and steel making facility composed of remains of transportation roads and blast furnaces. This site located in the northwest part of Kamaishi City was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being a component site of “Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining.” This group of sites are related to the heavy industries of iron and steel, shipbuilding and coal mining that pioneered industrialization of Japan from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century.

The western style blast furnace was built in 1858 under the supervision of Takato Oshima, known as the father of modern Japanese ironmaking. In 1957, the Hashino site became a National Historic Site of Japan as the oldest smelting furnace in Japan. It also has received high praise from overseas, including the Historical Landmark award from the American Society of Metals in 1984.

General information

Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site
2-15 Hashinocho, Kamaishi
Hours: Viewing possible at any time, but difficult when snow accumulates.
Free admission.
Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site Information Center
2-6 Hashinocho, Kamaishi
Telephone: 0193-54-5250
Open April 1st to December 8th, closed during winter.
Hours: 9:30 to 16:30. Free admission.
32.5 km from Kamaishi Station.

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By JR Tohoku Shinkansen
11 minutes from Morioka Station to Shin-Hanamaki Station
3 hours from Tokyo Station to Shin-Hanamaki Station
Shin-Hanamaki Station

By Highway Bus
Kesen Liner  ( Between Ikebukuro and Kamaishi ) 
Tono-Kamaishi-go  ( Between Tono, Kamaishi and Ikebukuro ) 
Kamaishi Station

By JR Kamaishi Line
1 hour 50 minutes from Shin-Hanamaki Station to Kamaishi Station
Shin-Hanamaki Station

By Taxi
About 50 minutes from Kamaishi Station
About 35 minutes from Tono Station
Tono Station

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About 40 minutes from Tono Interchange

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