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Shimabara travel guide

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Region spreads in the foot of gentle Mount Unzen and facing to Ariale sea

Shimabara is consist of two cities on Shimabara peninsula, Shimabara-city west side of

peninsula and Minami-Shmabara-city south-west side of peninsula.

 

Located in the foot of Mount Unzen and facing Ariake Sea,  and those geographical conditions

and mild climate create natural scenic beauty in the east and Mount Unzen including Mount Fugen. 

The region offers various enjoyable things such as Nature, Onsen, Castle town of Shimabara-city,

and UNESCO World Heritage Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Region .

 


 

Exploring Shimabara  

 

Shimabara Castle

Located in Shimabara-city and was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was

regarded as a master of castle building. The castle, which took 7 years to complete, is also known as 

“Moritake Castle”.

 


 

Samurai Houses

Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan.

The Samurai Houses in Shimabara along the old Samurai street nearby Shimabara Castle

were built in 18th century.

 


 

Samurai Street

The street lined with stone walls and a spring water canal running down the center

commemorates the old samurai section of Shimabara.

Three Samurai houses have been restored and opened as exhibits.

 

 


 

Harajo Castle ruins

Site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

as Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region, to tell the Christian faith continued even during

the ban on Christianity.

Located in Minami-Shimabara-city, 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.

 


 

Hinoe Castle Ruins         

During the period of the Southern and Northern Courts (1337-92), the Arima family ruling the

Shimabara Peninsula constructed a castle named Hinoe-jo.

The 14th lord, Harunobu (1567-1612) was a Christian daimyo and refurbished his castle into

a large scale which had gardens, a tea arbor and many rooms.

 


 

Local delicacy food, Guzoni

Guzoni are said to date back to the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637 when the leader of the

uprising, Amakusa Shiro Tokisada, held a siege in Hara Castle with about 37,000 followers.
He made the local farmers provide the rebels with rice cake. The rebels gathered other

ingredients from the ocean and the mountains to put in the soup they cooked the rice cake

in, and thus were able to fight for three months sustained by nutritious food.

 


 

Ferry to Kumamoto, from Shimabara

Two ferries are operated form Shimabara to Kumamotocity

Kyusho Ferry : operated by Kyusho Ferry, 60 minutes ride

Ocean Arrow : operated by Kumamoto Ferry, 30 minutes ride.

 

             Shimabara port

                 Ocean Arrow

                Kumamoto port


 

Ferry to Amakusa (Oniike) , from Kuchinotsu (Minami-Shimabara-city)

Shimatetsu Ferry : operated by Shinabara Rail Way, 30 minutes ride.

 

            Kuchinotsu port

                   Kuchinotsu

                 To Amakusa

 


 

 Location of Shimabara

 

   

 

 


 

General information  

Address Shimabara-city, Nagasaki-prefecture
Access

90 minutes by a vihecle from Nagasaki-city

70 minutes by a vihecle from Nagasaki Air port

30 minutes by a vihecle from Unzen-city


 

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We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.       

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