The Nirayama Reverberatory Furnace (BR˘F, Nirayama Hansharo) is a well preserved iron smelting facility on the Izu Peninsula. Built by the Tokugawa government in 1857, the furnace represents the start of modern iron production in Japan. The Nirayama Furnace is the most complete reverberatory furnaces still standing, and the site received world heritage status in summer 2015 among the Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution.

Originally part of a larger factory complex, the furnace was constructed of local stones and bricks. It represented the most advanced technology of the time, and iron produced there was processed on site and cast into cannons, which were desperately needed to shore up the country's coastal defenses in response to the arrival of Commodore Perry and his black ships. Visitors can approach the furnace bodies and four, 15.7 meter high chimneys, which stand encased in protective steel frames. A few cannons are also on display around the furnace, while a small information center and a few shops and restaurants are located nearby.

Visitors exploring the base of the furnace

Access

The Nirayama Reverberatory Furnace is located a 30 minute walk from Izu-Nagaoka Station on the Izuhakone Railway Line (20 minutes, 320 yen from Mishima Station or 15 minutes, 270 yen from Shuzenji Station; multiple departures per hour). A free, shuttle bus runs between the station and the furnace on selected days. Alternatively, it is a 10 minute, 1000 yen taxi ride.

How to get to and around the Izu Peninsula

Hours & Fees

Hours

9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from October to March)

Closed

3rd Wednesday of each month (or following day if Wednesday is a national holiday)

Admission

500 yen

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Page last updated: December 1, 2016