Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture, with its first large-scale petrochemical complex in Japan in the 1950s, has been driving the Japanese economy as an industrial city. During the process of development, pollution problems such as air pollution and water pollution caused by factory drainage occurred, but they were greatly improved by the hard work of citizens, businesses and administration, and recovered a favorable environment. A powerful complex with sophisticated functional beauty, it attracts people with strong power during the day and fantastic glow at night. It is called “Sacred Place” by the plant-admiring enthusiasts who are increasing due to the recent “plant night scene” boom. In addition, “Yokkaichi Factory Night View Cruise” has been held since 2010 so that you can enjoy the factory night view from the sea, it has been very well received.
On the ground, the observation room “Umi Terrace 14” located on the 14th floor of Yokkaichi Port Building is the most popular. It is the only spot where you can look down at the Yokkaichi complex below. It is open until 21:00 on Friday between July and November and every Saturday, so you can enjoy the night view. As it is an observation room, air conditioning works and you can watch it slowly, and there are many couples and families besides photographers. From the window on the south side of the observation deck, you can see the whole plant night view. You can see the very moving scenery already.
When shooting a night scene, the light from the observation room is reflected because it is shot through the glass. There is a free rental of the dark curtain at the reception, so be sure to borrow it.
Even if you are not a night scene fan, you will be overwhelmed by the massive night scene. You can watch the same complex night view at Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture, but unlike them etc., you can watch it relatively safely. Please stop by when you come near.
The top class power and beauty
Speaking of Yokkaichi, it is famous as a fantasy sight that is called sacred ground even in Japan’s Factory Night View. The five major Factory Night Views in Japan are said to be five places in Muroran, Kawasaki, Yokkaichi, Kitakyushu, Shunan in Yamaguchi. Yokkaichi Factory Night View is said to have the top class power and beauty among them.
You can overlook the plant group only in Yokkaichi
“Umiterrace14” is an observation room on the 14th floor of Yokkaichi Port Building, which was built in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Yokkaichi Port. It is a spot where you can overlook the plant group only in Yokkaichi where there are few mountains and hills near the coast. Take the elevator and go up to the 14th floor, which is the observation floor, from which will serve as charged zone. On weekdays, the opening hours are until 5 pm, so it will close before the night view. It is open until 9 pm on weekends, so if you enjoy night view at the weekend it is a must-see spot.
The other shore from the green area along the coast
After enjoying the night view from “Umiterrace14”, it is recommended walking along the coast where you can enjoy the factory night view of Yokkaichi, and return to the city of Yokkaichi while stopping at the scenic point. The Kasumigaura green-land area is a spot where you can see the plant side of the other shore from the green area along the coast, and it is about 30 minutes on foot from the “Umiterrace14”.
As a night view of Manhattan
Walking along the river that extends from the Taisho Bridge to the sea side, the huge plant group at the oil refinery will gradually reveal its full appearance. The scenery here is that the balance of the whole is beautiful. It is not the “Gunkanjima” (warship island), but it looks like a huge battleship. If you look at each of the chimneys as a building, you can see it as a night view of Manhattan.
A spot overwhelmed by its powerful sight
It is Yokkaichi which is also called “sacred place” among Factory Night View fans, but it is a spot overwhelmed by its powerful sight even if it is not an enthusiastic fan. Please try visiting the charm once.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Yokkaichi Factory Night View|
Kasumi 2-1-1 Yokkaichi, Mie 510-0011 Japan
JR Kansai-honsen “Tomidahama-eki Station” (15 minutes walk)
Other View Spots
(+81) 59-366-7006 (Yokkaichi Port Management Union)
|Price/Charge:||Observatory Deck of “Umiterrace14”|
300 yen (Adult)
Free (Junior High School Students or Under)
Please refer the official web page.