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Kyushu Travel Guide

Amakusa travel guide

 

Amakusa, is located in a southern part of Kumamoto, and consists of Shimo-jima,Kami-jima

and many other islands varied in size, which belong to Unzen-Amakusa National Park

along with Unzen. 

It provides ideal spots for viewing the saw-toothed coast line of Amakusa and

the small islands scattered across the sea.

Amakusa has the World Heritages of Hidden Christian Sites. 

 


 

Exploring Amakusa

 

Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line

Amakusa Gokyo or Amakusa five bridges, is a general term for five bridges which connects from

Misumi at the Udo peninsula to the Oyano island, the Nagaura island, Ikejima, Maejima, and Amakusa Kamishima, was built in 1966. The area on the National road route 266 called as the Pearl Line.

First Bridge

  

Second Bridge

        

Fourth Bridge 

       


 

Amakusa Cruise

Connecting the islands of Amakusa with the inland of Kumamoto via the Uto Peninsula are

Amakusa Gokyo or Amakusa Five Bridge. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Amakusa

from the sea on a cruise.


 

World Heritage of Hidden Chrisrian Sites and related site

 

Oe Cathedral / World Heritage

The oldest Catholic Church in Amakusa and was one of the first churches built right after the ban

on Christianity was lifted. The and Romanesque-style architecture and the chalky white structure

was rebuilt in 1933 by a French missionary priest named Father Garnier using his own money and

contributions from local Christians living in the area.

Sakitsu Village  / World Heritage

A Gothic-looking church is located on a cove of a fishing village. In 1934, a French priest

Augustin Halbout MEP purchased the premises of the former village headman and built a

wooden and concrete finished church, with Tetsukawa Yosuke’s design and construction.

He placed the altar at the very site where fumie or a test to ensure non-allegiance to

Christianity had been conducted.

Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

The theme Museum shows History of Christianity in Amakusa and Shimabara Rebellion

which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership

of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.

Tomioka Castle Ruins

Tomioka Castle was built in 1602, one year after Terasawa Shimanokami hirotaka came to Amakusa.

Although Amakusa ruled by proxy for Terasawa from Tomioka Castle, he revelled with his army in

the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637. After the rebellion, Yamasaki Kainokami Ieharu ruled from the castle,

and which was restored and enlarged to its present form. 


 

Featured sites

Sengan moutain Observatory

Ariage Octopus Street

Oppai Stone or breast stone

 


 

                 Location of Amakusa

  

 

 


 

General information

Access

by Airplane

35 minutes from Fukuoka airport to Amakusa airport

25 minutes from Kumamoto airport to Amakusa airport

by Ferry

45 minutes from Mogi port in Nagasaki to Takaoka port

30 minutes from Kuchinotsu port in Minami-Shimabara to Oniike port

bY JR 40 minutes from Kumamoto Station to Misumi Station
by Car

From Kumamoto-city

60 minutes to Misumi

70 minutes to Oyano

85 minutes to Matsushima

100 minutes to Ariake

125 minutes to Hondo

180 minuted to Shimoda Onsen

200 minutes to Oe


 

 

 - Amakusa tourist attractions, Blog, Kyushu Travel Guide