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Nagasaki Pilgrimage 3 days tour

Where to visit : Pilgrimage sites in Sotome, Nagasaki-city, Shimabara and Unzen

Christian history in Japan was started when St. Francis Xavier came to Japan as a first Christian

missionary in 1549. Then Christianity was spread in Nagasaki region. However, unparalleled

hidden Cristian history was started from when Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shogunate proclaimed Christian

ban in 1587. During ban on Christianity, people secretly continued to faith while surviving in the

midst of the conventional society and Japanese religions.

Since ban on the Christianity was lifted in 1873, new Christian history in Japan has begun.


  • Shitsu Church



Overall itinerary

Day 1 : depart Fukuoka  → Sotome & Nagasaki, stay Nagasaki

Day 2 : Nagasaki & Unzen, stay Unzen

Day 3 : Shimabara, stay Fukuoka



 Location of Nagasaki-prefecture




Tour conditions

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Accommodations is selected as per your required grade, room conditions and budget

    and the location is considered sightseeing, dinner and nightlife as well.

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.





Day 1   Sotome & Nagasaki


Depart  Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Nagasaki-city

Sotome Pilgrimage sites

  Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki

Shitsu Church

  On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz

  established a church at his own expense

Former Shitsu Aid Center

  I want to save people in the Sotome from poor life. Former Shitsu Aid Centeris indispensable

  in talking about the history and culture of the region

Endo Shusaku Literary Museum 

  The peaceful Sotome, the setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf  or China Town

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan       

  The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan were a group of Catholics who were executed by


Oura Cathedral  

  The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan

Glover Garden 

  Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine Western style

  buildings including the Glover’s Residence

Mount Inasa

  Enjoy the magnificent views of Nagasaki 

Stay at Nagasakicity



Where to visit  


Sotome Pilgrimage site / UNESCO World Heritage

Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki. During the ban on

Christianity, Sotome was home to communities of “Hidden Christians”, many of whom emigrated

there from other parts of Nagasaki as the remote region allowed them to practice their religion in



Shitsu Church

On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz established

a church at his own expense 1882. The building was extended and renovated again and again.

A statue of Mary that he ordered from France is standing in the bell tower.


Former Shitsu Aid Center        

I want to save people in the Sotome from poor life.  Former Shitsu Aid Centeris indispensable in

talking about the history and culture of the region.


Endo Shusaku Literary Museum         

The setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence. Sotome is blessed with a unique history and

culture of Christianity. In particular, the area in which the Endo Shusaku Literary Museum

stands is known as the site of a Christian village, one of Endo’s most notable work, Silence.



Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

Nishizaka hill is the most significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. The 26 Martyrs of Japan

were a group of Catholics who were executed by rucifixion on February 5, 1597.Their martyrdom

is especially significant in the history of the Catholic Church in Japan. In 1637, St. Lorenzo Luiz

from Philippines martyred here at Nishizaka hill.


The museum behind the Monument is devoted to the memory of the martyrs and to Christianity in

Japan in general. Its interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for

atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artifacts related to Christianity in Japan,

including old documents, statues and jewelry.



Lunch at Nagaaski Wharf or China Town


Nagaaski Wharf  

Elegant international & domestic tourist harbour. Made up of around 20 unique shops and

restaurants lined up at the water front, offering various choices such Japanese, Western,

and Italian cuisine, to beauty salons, outdoor shops and more.


China Town

Nagasaki China town at shinchi is one of the big three china town in Japan. There are about 50

Chinese restaurants and many Chinese sundries shops in there.



Oura Cathedral   / UNESCO World Heritage

The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. Established 1865, this

church is officially known as “Oura Cathedral, the Church of 26 Martyrs.” It was built by the French

priest Bernard Petitjean of Fier who had been dispatched by the Foreign Missionary Church of

Paris to dedicate prayers to the 26 saints martyred on Nishizaka hill.


Glover Garden   / UNESCO World Heritage

The garden takes its name from Thomas Glover, his arms-importing operations played an important

part in the Meiji Restoration, he built the first train line in Japan and he even helped establish the

first modern Mitsubishi ship yard.


Mount Inasa

It is a 333 meter high mountain in close distance to JR Nagasaki Station. The summit can

be reached by ropeway or car and offers great views over the city. And also, the magnificent

night views from Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan’s three best night views.




Most Hotels are located close to the main street and walking distance from Nagasaki tram

stations. And you can find many restaurants around the Hotels.



Dinner at Nagasaki-city


Local restaurants



Sushi restaurant


Beef restaurant


Day 2  Nagasaki & Unzen

Visiting  Peace Park  

Atomic Bomb Museum   

  Exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by Atomic Bomb

Ground Zero 

  The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument

Peace Fountain

  Reminds us of the tragic scene unfolded shortly after dropped the Atomic Bomb

Peace Statue 

  The Peace Statue was completed ten years after the atomic bombing for World Peace

Transfer to Unzen

Nita Pass 

  One of the best scenic spot in Unzen. At any time of the year the natural scenery

  is magnificent

Unzen Jigoku

  The Pilgrimage site, the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of

  sulfur emitted from the springs

Stay at Unzen




The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

  The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring

   source temperature of 105 degree Celsius


Where to visit  

Established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was droppedat 11:02 am

on Aug. 09, 1945. Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue on August 9 every

yearand the Mayor of Nagasaki makes the “Nagasaki peace declaration” for the whole world.


Atomic Bomb Museum

The museum exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by atomic

bomb showing the lead-up to this tragic day, the history of the development of nuclear arms

and our desire for peace.


Ground Zero

The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument at 11:02 a.m.on

August 9, 1945.   The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of lives

were lost. And about 70,000 of Nagasaki’s 240,000 residents died instantly, and up to 60,000

were injured. 


Peace Statue

Completed in 1955, ten years after the atomic bombing. The 9.7 meter high statue sitting on

a 4 meter tall pedestal, made by renown sculptor Kitamura Seibo. The raised arm points to the

threat of nuclear weapons and the out-stretched arm symbolizes peace.


Lunch at Obama Onsen


Obama Chanpon 

It is a local cuisine in Obama Onsen resort, made of noodles, seafood, and vegetables. The feature

of the restaurant in Obama Onsen serving everything from any Japanese style including Susi and

Chanpon. Shrimp are found in abundance along the beaches near the Onsen, and a special soup

is made from them.



Unzen, Nita Pass

Unzen is a beautiful mountain and Onsen resort, and was the first area to be designated as   

a National Park in Japan. At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita-toge Pass in Unzen

is magnificent. Azaleas, green leaves, brilliant autumnal tints of maples and silver frost

represent each season of the year.


Means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted from

the springs, and with white smoke rising from the ground over a wide area. Unfortunately, this

was once put into reality nearly 350 years ago during the time of religious persecution in Japan. 

 30 Japanese Christians, failing to renounce their faith met their death here in the scalding spring

of Jigoku.



The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

Called “Hot foot 105  The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring

source temperature of 105 degree Celsius.


Local specialities, Souvenir shop




Unzen Onsen Resort

There are 17 Hotels and Japanese style inns around Unzen Jigoku. From every hotel, beautiful 

scenery which changes by season can be enjoyed.


Day 3   Shimabara



Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins

  Christian Pilgrimage site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Shimabara Castle

  Built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was regarded as a master

  of castle building

Lunch at Shimabara, local cuisine Guzoni

  Guzouni is a local cuisine created in the 17th century during Shimabara Rebellion

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at  Fukuoka-city



Hinoe Castle Ruins

   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.



Where to visit  


Harajo Castle ruins

The Christian pilgrimage site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as Hidden Christian

Sites in the Nagasaki RegionThe battle field of Shimabara Rebellion which was a peasant

uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.  


Shimabara Castle

The castle was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasawho was regarded as

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

“Moritake Castle”.  It was an almost rectangular flatland castle built in the Renkaku-style.


Samurai Houses & Samurai street

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.


Lunch at Shimabara


local delicacy food, Guzoni

Guzoni is said to created during the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637.  When Cristians were fought

under the leader ship of Amakusa Shiro, they brought various ingredients such as rice cake, fishes

and vegetables, and made a stew.   This is the origin of Guzoni.



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.


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Fukuoka travel guide

  • Kushida Shrine

Fukuoka-city is the biggest city in Kyushu and the energetic city bustling as the center of Kyushu’s

politics, economy, culture, fashion as well as tourism. Fukuoka-city has many kind of fascinating

tourist attractions and abundant tourism materials which are different from the other destinations

in Kyushu. When visiting Kyushu, Fukuoka-city is the place to be incorporate in the travel plan.

And due to its location Fukuoka-city is the great starting point for exploring Kyushu.



Welcome to Fukuoka, enjoy shopping and meals

JR Hakata Station

Tenjin area Canal City Hakata


The largest and busiest JR train

station in Kyushu

The biggest shopping district

in Kyushu 

The complex commercial facility, 

in the heart of Fukuoka-city


Where to visit


Teramachi district

Kushida Shrine

One of the most exciting summer festival in Kyushu, Hakata Gion Yamagasa is held in the

shrine in July. The tall Kazari Yamakasa, a luxuriously decorated float, is always displayed

which was constructed without using even a single nail.

 Shrine main building

 Sacred Crane Well

 Hakata Gion Yamakasa



Hakata Machiya Furusatokan

It is a folk museum depicts the life and culture of Hakata Fukuoka. Exhibition hall, many faces 

and facets of the Hakata way of life can be found, Machiya hall, is a superb example of traditional

architecture and has been moved here and restored to provide a glimpse into the past.

 The museun is located next to

 Kushida Shrine

 Exhibition hall

 Hakata doll


Tochoji Temple

The Temple was founded in 806 by Kobo-daishi Kukai and it is the oldest temple of the Shingon

sect in Japan that  Kobo-daishi set up. The Fukuoka Daibutsu called Great Buddha of Fukuoka

completed in 1993 stands 10.8 meters tall and is the largest seated wooden image of Buddha in Japan.


 Five-story pagodo



Head temple of Shingon

Buddhism Kyushu sect 


 Garaves of Kuroda Lord


Kawabata-dori Shopping Street

Japanese traditional Shopping Street where you can find a lot of Cool Japan. The entrance of the

shopping street is located next to Kushida Shrine. Approximately 130 shops built in the 400 metre

arcade. There are also souvenir shops including Hakata dolls, shops collected Hakata Gion

Yamakasa goods. ​Enjoy lunch, Hakata Ramen at the birth place of Nagahama Ramen.

 Entrance of Shopping


130 shops in the 400 metre

arcade including souvenir shops


  Birth place of Nagahama



Seaside Momochi

Seaside Momochi is the water-front resort area, only a 15 minute drive from Tenjin in the

centre of Fukuoka-city.  The park is surrounded by Fukuoka Tower and high rise 

contemporary buildings, all of which help make a modern urban landscape. 


Fukuoka tower

One of the must visit spots is the 234 metre high Fukuoka Tower. It  is the highest coastal
tower in Japan and is covered with 8000 two way mirrors. The observation room located at
a height of 123m offers a breathtaking and spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of 
Fukuoka-city and Hakata Bay  

 Japan’s highest coastal tower,

  Magnificent view from the tower

 Lover’s Sanctuary



The complex facility for the wedding hall, shops and restaurants and is located in Seaside

Momochi Park.


Fukuoka Castle Ruins

Fukuoka castle, was built in 1601.  Part of stone wall and canal, and the Tamon tower are

still left intact as they were back then. There is also a nice view of the city from the former

main Parts of the castle’s former moats were used to construct nearby Ohori koen Park.


 Remaining Tamon tower


 Stone wall of the Castle


 Magnificent view of



Ohori-koen Park

Ohori-koen Park is located next to Fukuoka Castle Ruins and close to center of Fukuoka-city. 
The park is complemented by a Japanese style garden and the Fukuoka City Art Museum.

Rich in greenery and encircling a lake two kilometers in circumference, the park is an oasis

for city residents, who enjoy jogging, boating, bird watching and other activities here.


Nokonoshima Island

In the middle of Hakata Bay Beautiful flowers can be enjoyable throughout the year. Rapeseed

blossom, Cherry blossom, Livingstone daisy Poppy, Rhododendro, Marigold, Hydrengea, Plumed 

cockscomb, Dahlia, Sunflower, Cockspur coral tree Bougainvillea, Scarlet sage, Cosmos, Dahlia,

Autumn leaves, Scarlet sage, Japanese narcissus, Japanese camellia, Plum.

Breathtaking panoramic

view of Hakata bay

Beautiful flowers can be

enjoyable throughout the year

  Flower garden


Marine World Uminonakamichi

The aquarium focuses on the aquatic life found around Kyushu. The main tank is a huge,

seven meter deep pool filled with all different kinds of marine life including over 120 sharks

of 20 different varieties. There are also several outdoor tanks where you can experience

feeding dolphins and sea lions.

Marine World Uminonakamichi

facing to Hakata bay

 Dolphins and sea lions Show

 Different kinds of marine life

  can be enjoyed


Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

The sprawling, family oriented public park, located on a narrow peninsula across the bay from

central Fukuoka.The park is made up of several different areas including flower gardens, playgrounds,

an amusement park with ferris wheel, sports fields, a water park, a zoo and large open spaces and

lawns perfect for picnicking.



Yusentei Garden

The Japanese traditional Garden; it was originally built in the 1754 for Kuroda Tsugutaka

who was the lord of Fukuoka clan. You can feel Japanese traditional cultures and enjoy

Tea Ceremony.

The time-honored Japanese


Beautiful lake, colorful carp


 Traditional Japanese room,

 enjoy Tea Ceremony


Marinoa City Fukuoka

The urban living area where you can enjoy a resort lifestyle full of fun and entertainment.

There is a large shopping mall, a sports equipment store, a car accessories store, an interior

design shop, a baby specialty mega store, some restaurants, a Ferris wheel, and many 

amusement attractions.



Fukuoka Chuo Wholesale fish Market

Well known as the Kitchen of Hakata dealing with fresh sea food. The Wholesale Market

is open to the public on the second Saturday of every month as Citizens Appreciation day.

Time is from 9h to 12h. The Special event is the Tuna Cooking Show, don’t miss it.

 Tuna Cooking show

 Enjoy Tuna sashimi

 Wholesale Market is open

 to the public



One of the largest entertainment districts in western Japan, bustling at night with young people

and business men and women. Around 2000 eating and drinking establishments including Yatai

is crammed in this area, Neon light reflect alluringly on the Naka River.



Hakata-za is the theater for Kabuki plays and is located in the Hakata Riverain in Nakasu
It was originally constructed in 1996.


Fukuoka Open Top Bus  / Sightseeing bus in Fukuoka-city

The Open-air deck bus with 3.2m high show you main tourist destinations in Fukuoka-city.

The tour is started from Fukuoka City Hall.


Local cuisines and featured restaurants


Hakata Ramen Yatai

Food stalls “Yatai”is one thing to enjoy in Fukuoka. Despite a decline in recent year,

there are said to be more than 160. The food stalls have all kind of food, but you have

to try Hakata ramen, usually made with white soup from pork bone and thin noodles.



Ramen Stadium

Ramen Stadium isn’t really a stadium as the name suggests, but a food court on the fifth floor

of Canal City’s Cinema Building. It carries not one, but eight famous ramen stalls that serves

different ramen styles from across Japan. Ramen Stadium has eight ramen stalls with ramen

from Hakata, Kurume, and as far as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Sapporo.



It is a local cuisine in Fukuoka.  izutaki (boil in water) describes, this is a hot pot dish made

with chopped chickens, negi, and a variety of vegetables put in a pot of water and boiled,

then dipped in ponzu sauce.



Local restaurants

There are many restaurants for lunch and dinner where you can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisines and

local specialties.



Location of Fukuoka-city  




 General information 


City hall : 1-8-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

Cabinet designate city


To main destinations in Kyushu by a vehicle

  Ibusuki :  4 hours and 20 minutes,  Kagoshima : 3 hours and 30 minutes

  Miyazaki : 3 hours and 40 minutes ,  Aso : 2 hours and 20 minutes

  Kumamoto : 1 hour and 50 minutes , Beppu : 1 hour and 50 minutes

  Yufuin : 1 hour and 40 minutes, Nagasaki : 2 hours and 10 minutes

  Saga : 1 hour and 10 minutes ,  Kitakyushu : 1 hour and 10 minutes  



  Fukuoka International Airport

  Fukuoka domestic Airport

JR main station : Hakata Station


  to Busan, Korea

  to Iki and Tsushima, Nagasaki-prefecture

  to Goto, Nagasaki-prefecture

  to Okinawa

  to Nigata and Hokkaido

City transportation

  Fukuoka City Subway

  Nishitetsu Bus

  Nishitetsu train 

Population 1,570,000      population density : 4,570 / km2


Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

Enquiry Form 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address .  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 



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