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Shimabara (島 原)

 

Shimabara is a city located on the north-eastern tip of Shimabara

Peninsula, facing Ariake Bay in the east and Mt. Unzen including

Mt. Fugen.
The most popular tourist destinations in Shimabara city are the

Shimabara Castle. Shimabara is also blessed with many Onsen.
There is so much natural spring water, both hot  and cold,

that it runs through the streets.


 

Where to visit

 

Shimabara Castle

The castle was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura 
Shigemasa, who was regarded as a master of castle building. 
It was an almost rectangular flatland castle built in the 
Renkaku style.  
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Samurai houses

The Samurai houses in Shimabara along the old 
Samurai street nearby Shimabara Castle were built in 18th 
century. 

Three samurai houses are opened to public exhibiting the life style of

old Samurai. more


 

Samurai street 

A street lined with stone walls and a spring water canal 
running down the center commemorates the old samurai 
section of Shimabara
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The picturesque spot

The Samurai street has colorful Koi (carp) swimming in the 
canals, and old Samurai houses in the west . 
Approximately 1,500 carp swim in the beautiful canal, their 
forms add elegance to Shimabara, a city of fresh springs.


 

Harajo Castle ruin

Site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion
Harajo Castle ruin is located in Minami-arima in Shimabara 
and the Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion which was a 
peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians
under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.

 

 

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