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Kita-Kyushu Innovation Gallery and Studio [KIGS]


Learn about the history of industry and innovation at the Kita-Kyushu Innovation Gallery and Studio

The Kita-Kyushu Innovation Gallery & Studio opened in 2007 in Yahata, Kitakyushu. The gallery is a set within a modernist structure built on the very site where Japan's first modern production of steel.

The gallery's permanent exhibition is in the Timeline Gallery featuring large photographs that tell the history of technological innovations from the 1851 London Exhibition to the present day. The descriptions that accompany the pictures are displayed on digital screens in four languages - Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

Exhibitions for the Project Exhibition Gallery are created monthly. Each falls under the theme of Design & Innovation with a focus on industry and technology within a Japanese context. An information kiosk is available which offers information in English as well as Chinese and Korean. Guided tours are available. However, if cultural exhibits are more to your interest, check out the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum!


  • Mon – Fri: 9.00am – 7.00pm; Sat–Sun/National Holidays: 9.00am – 5.00pm; Closed on Mondays (or the following day if Monday falls on a national holiday), and from December 29 to January 3
  • +81-93-663-5411
  • 2-2-11 Higashida Yahatahigashi-Ward, Kitakyushu, Japan, 805-0071
  • 5 min walk from the Space World Station. From Hataka Station: Take the Kagoshima Line to Space World Station (72 min). From Kokura Station in Kita-Kyushu: Take the Kagoshima Line to Space World Station (13 min).