Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant

Hiroshima Guide: Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant

Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant 広島市環境局中工場

An incineration plant and award-winning architecture are not often mentioned together in the same sentence, but the Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, built on reclaimed land in the Naka-ku area of Hiroshima, succeeds in combining function with artistic form.

Designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, who was responsible for the redesign of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Gallery of the Horyu-ji Treasures at the Tokyo National Museum, the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA) and the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, the huge facility opened in 2004.

Built at a cost of 400 million USD, the Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant was built as part of the Hiroshima 2045: City of Peace and Creativity project.

Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima.
Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant
Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima.
Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima Prefecture

Ecorium

Located at the end of Yoshijima-dori, visitors can walk through the tree-lined Ecorium, which divides the facility, labeled the "Museum of Garbage" by the architect, neatly in two.

Glass walls on either side of the Ecorium offer views of the giant incinerators and waste scrubbers, where 400 tons of garbage are processed daily producing energy as a by-product.

Scale models, wall panels and video screens offer information on the waste processing within.

Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima.
Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima
Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima.
Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima Prefecture

The passage through the Ecorium leads to a wooden deck overlooking Hiroshima Bay and a grassy park at the water's edge. The park is popular with families playing ball and cosplayers having their photographs taken against the backdrop of the incineration plant.

The 6th floor of the incineration plant has a viewing point down into the facility as well as out over the Inland Sea.

Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant
1-5-1 Minami-Yoshijima
Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Hiroshima Prefecture

The Ecorium can be visited between 9am-4.30pm daily. Tours of the plant in Japanese can be arranged by appointment with the main office.

Take the #24 bus from Hiroshima Station bound for Yoshijima Eigyo-sho and get off at Minami-yoshijima. Then a short 5-minute walk.

Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima.
Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima Prefecture

Access - how to get to Hiroshima

Rail

Hiroshima Station is served by the Sanyo Shinkansen line to Osaka (2 hours 10 mins), Tokyo (4 hours 30 minutes to five hours), KyotoNagoya and Fukuoka/Hakata.

Other railway lines connecting from Hiroshima are the Sanyo Main Line for Miyajimaguchi, the historic town of Iwakuni and Tokuyama, the Geibi Line for Shiwaguchi and Miyoshi, the commuter Kabe Line for Omachi, Midorii and Kabe and the Kure Line for the port city of Kure, Hiro, and Takehara.

Bus

There are long distance bus services from outside Hiroshima Station to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Takamatsu, Fukuoka and Nagasaki.

Ferry

There are ferry and hydrofoil services to Matsuyama on Shikoku as well as ferry boats from Hiroshima Port to Nanoshima, Nomishima and Etajima.

Other places of interest in Hiroshima include Hiroshima Castle, the Mazda Museum, the JMSDF Kure Museum, Hiroshima Museum of Art and Hiroshima Children's Museum.

Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima.
Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima Prefecture

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