Miike Port faces the Ariake Sea, known for its strong tides, and was built to carry out the large-scale shipping operations of the Miike area coal industry. An extremely long groyne was constructed to protect the route and harbor from sea sand, and a deep inner harbor was built for ships to wait for the right tide, and a system of docks with lock gates is in place so that large ships can come to port regardless of the tide. The whole structure resembles a hummingbird from the air, lending it a distinctive elegance. Opened in 1908 (Meiji 41) this port is still active, yet retains the same features it had when it was first built.
|Address||ShinkomShinkomachi, Omuta Cityachi, Omuta City|
Omuta City world heritage registration, cultural assets room
|Access||Omuta Station West Exit: From Station West Exit take the Nishitetsu Bus bound for ’Miike Port’ (Miikeko) (approximately 8 minutes), and get off at the final stop, Miike Port.
Omuta Station East Exit: From Omuta Ekimae take the Nishitetsu Bus bound for ’Arao Station’ (Arao Ekimae) (approximately 10 minutes), get off at ’Mikawa １ Townme’ bus stop, and walk for 10 minutes.
Bike rentals available. (Rent at ’Omuta Sightseeing Plaza’ in front of Omuta Station. Renting 1 bike for 1 day costs 500 yen. It is approximately 2.8km to Miike Port, or about 10 minutes’ ride.)
|Times Available||It is possible to visit Miike Port from the square in front of the Shimatetsu High-Speed Ferry boarding point at any time. (The actual operating facilities, such as the pier lock gates, are not open to the public.)
The former Miike substation of the old Nagasaki Customs House is open to the public from 10:00～17:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays every week. Free to visit.
|Genre||Historical Assets and Castles (History and Culture) Producing Tours (Workshops)|
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