Harajo Castle ruins
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.
It was founded by Arima Takazumi in 1496 and was a flat castle with a fortress naturally created both
On February 27, 1638, he died in battle. The following day, the castle fell. 37,000 Christians including women
and children died a violent death.
It is registered on the World Heritage as Hidden Chriarian Sites.