Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour
has been registered on UNESCO World Heritage in 2018
Japanese Christianity has a long history of continuing faith while coexisting with
Japanese traditional religion Shinto and General society.
Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith continued even during the ban on
testimony to the tradition of people and their communities who secretly transmitted
their faith in Christianity while surviving in the midst of the conventional society and its
religions during the time of prohibition.
Amakusa is the birthplace of Amakusa Shiro who was the leader of Shimabara
Rebellion occurred in Shimabara in 1637.
The tour introduces how Christians have been continued their faith since Christianity was
Location of Amakusa
The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.
・Minimum number : 4 person
・Maxum number : 30 person
・Tour date : please specify the date
・English, Chinese or Korean speaking guide is accompanied
・Chartered vehicle is utilized such as a taxi or bus as per number of person
if you use a taxi, a foreign language (English, Chainese or Korean ) speaking driver
can be arranged.
8:00 Depart Fukuoka-city
Transfer to Amakusa via Kumamoto ( 3 hours )
Travel Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line
Stay at Amakusa
Tomioka Castle Ruins , Matushima area
Transfer to Fukuoka-city
17:00 Arrive at Fukuoka-city
Where to Explore
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.
The theme Museum shows History of Christianity in Amakusa and Shimabara Rebellion
in Harajo Castle Ruins which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians
under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.
Oe Cathedral / UNESCO 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 / UNESCO 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.
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.
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.
Exploring featured sites
Sengan moutain Observatory
Ariage Octopus Street
Oppai Stone or breast stone
Hidden Christian sites
Kumamoto-prefecture and Miyazaki-prefecture
Kyushu Round tours
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