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.
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.
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
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.
Access - how to get to Hiroshima
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.
There are long distance bus services from outside Hiroshima Station to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Takamatsu, Fukuoka and Nagasaki.
There are ferry and hydrofoil services to Matsuyama on Shikoku as well as ferry boats from Hiroshima Port to Nanoshima, Nomishima and Etajima.