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Kyushu Travel Guide

Kitakyushu travel guide

 

Kitakyushu is the second largest city in Kyushu with a population of 940,000.

World leading Environmental Future city, and blessed with spectacular & stunning nature.

 

The city is the Industrial Innovation city greatly contributed to Japan’s Industrial modernization.

Now Kitakyushu offers a lot of sightseeing spots such as scenic beauty places,

UNESCO World Heritage of Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution , Industrial heritages,
placed introduce cultures of people living there, and various historic sites.  
 
The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natura feature surrounding mountain
and Seto inland Sea as well as Genkai Sea, and is located in the Seto Inland Sea

National Park, Kitakyushu Quasi-National Park ( Mount Sarakura and

Hiraodai Karst Plateau) and Genkai Quasi-National Park.

And the city is the Industrial Innovation city with many fascinating features.  
 
Three Major Night View of Japan from Mount Sarakura to be exprienced.
The beautiful night view is created by combination of industrial zones and rich nature areas.
The Night View is registered along with Nagasaki from Mount Inasa and Sapporo.
 
                                       The Three Major Night View of Japan  
 

 
Kitakyushu-city announced to Camp site of Wales participating in Rugby World Cup 2019.
 

Kitakyushu is also the best place of  Study tour in Japan, such as Industries, Manufacturing

Recycling & Waste treatment, Environment well as well organized proper management systemser.

 

 


 

 Featured Tourist Destinations  

 

 Kokura  

Kokura Castle  Kokura Castle Garden River Walk Kitakyushu 

Kitakyushu’s land mark, walking

distance of Kokura Stations

Former site of lord’s guest house

located next to Kokura Castle

A large commercial facility near  

Murasaki River & Kokura Castle

Tanga market  Uomachi & Kyumachi Kitakyushu Iron Tree

A typical Japanese market, 

the kitchen of Kitakyushu-city

A down town arcade shopping

streets to JR Kokura Station

Lighted up stack of Steel plant,

Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal

 


 

 Moji  

 

Mojiko Retro

The exotic district, developed 

as International trading Port  

Kanmon bridge

The suspended bridge crossing

the Kanmon Straits

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel

Only the place in the world,
can be crossed the strait on foot


 

 Higashida & Industrial Heritages  

 

Higashida district

Birth place of Steel Making

Industry in Japan 

First Head Office

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

Built in 1899, ahead of production

facilities

Higashida No.1 B. F.

It contributed greatly to the 

development of the Japanese

steel industry and was used until 1972

Yahata port

Japan’s Modern Steel Works

history started here.

Kurogane Railway

Dedicated railway for Yawata

Steel Works connected between 

Yawata and Tobata.

Innovation Gallery

theme of “innovation,” the 

Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery

& Studio opened in Yahata,

Higashida

Kawachi Reservoir

The first-class civil construction 

heritage. The triggered the 

registration of UNESCO World  

Heritage.

Minami Kawachi bridge

The only remaining lenticular 

truss bridge in Japan ( lens type

truss bridge) 

Onga River Pump Station

Built in 1910 on the east bank of

the Onga River. It deliver the

industrial water to Yawata via an 

11.4 km pipeline.


 

 Nature  

 

The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature, about 960,000 people are living

in the area spreding in river basins where surounding Sea and mountains.

The coastline belongs to Seto Inland Sea National Park and Genkai Sea Quasi-National Park

and also the city has Kitakyushu Quasi-National Park. 

 

Mount Sarakura

The best scenic beauty spot in Kitakyushu-city

Hiraodai Karst plateau

One of the three largest karst

plateau in Japan 

Kawachi Wisteria Garden 

Selected as a beautiful place

of the real world 10


 

 Study tours to Kitakyushu    

 

The city of Kitakyushu is the birthplace of the modern Japanese steel industry which began

operation in 1901, and is now the world’s leading environmental future city.

Now it is called industrial and environmental city which is representative of Japan.

Therefore the various things can be learn here.

 



 

 Featured tours related to Kitakyushu  

 

・ Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kawachi Wisteria garden & Kitakyushu-city one-day tour

・ Kitakyushu / UNESCO Industry Revolution one-day tour          

・ Kitakyushu-city hiking tour

Kitakyushu Study tour     

 

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour

 


 

      Location of Kitakyushu-city

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address

City hall ; 1-1 Jonai Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

Cabinet designate city

Access

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka Airport in Fukuoka-city

100 minutes by a vehiclefrom Saga-city

160 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu

100 minutes by a vehicle from Yufuin

 

40 minutes by JR Express train from JR Hakata Station

19 minutes by JR Shinkansen (bullet train ) from JR Hakata Station  

Population 945,000            Pupulation density : 1.920 / km2 

 

 

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Aso travel guide

 

Aso gives unforgettable experiences

 

The active volcano Mount Aso and world’s largest caldera offer a lot of excitements

And numerous unforgettable experiences in the rural area can be mede including Onsen,

variety of sports and local cuisines.

 


 

 Exploring Aso  

 

Mount Aso

The largest active volcano in Japan

Its peak is 1592 m above sea level. Its caldera is 25 km across north to south and 18 km 

across east to west. The caldera has a circumference of around 120 km, although sources

vary on the exact distance

 Japan’s largest active volcano  Look down the Crater  Around the Crater
 

 

Kusasenri-ga-hama 

The beautiful prairie of 785,000 square meter in the crater

Spreads in northern part of Mt. Eboshi that is one of the Aso Five Mountains.

A big pond at its center and grazing horses round about make an idyllic scene


 

Daikanbo 

The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount Aso 

Daikanbo literally means a big observatory peak.

The circumference of the Aso caldera is about 130 kilometers. From the observation site,

you can clearly see its conical shape


 

 Aso shrine   Kurokawa Onsen  Nabegataki Waterfall

 

 Shirakawa fountain  Sensui-kyo  Issingyo big cherry tree

 

Tourist Tram  Minami Aso Rail Way

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Aso

The Minami Aso railway is a private railroad offering a very scenic ride from Takamori to

Nakamatsu in the south east of the caldera.

Lovely and magnificent scenery can be enjoyed.

 

 

Featured restaurant / Takamori Dengaku-no sato 

Enjoy Aso beef and local cuisines  

The restaurant uses the old private house with thatched roof built more than 200 years ago.

Bake the meat and local ingredients with charcoal at a Japanese traditional style fire place.


 

Kikuchi Valley

Enjoy short trekking in the Nature.

Kikuchi Valley is located in Aso Kuju National Park and underground water flows out of the

subsoil for 4km along the valley floor.  It is also called the Kikuchi water source and its water

was selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan


 

 Featured tours related to Aso  

 

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic Nature 2 days tour    

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

 

 


 

                 Location of Aso 

   

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address City hall : 504-1 Miyaji, Ichinomiya, Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

140 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

Population 234,000   Population density 540

 

 Contact us   

 

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Kumamoto travel guide

 

Kumamoto is the third largest city in Kyushu with a population of 740,000.

Must visit place is Kumamoto Castle listed on the three great castle in Japan

 

The city is situated roughly in the center of Kumamoto-prefecture, is the

government and economic center of the prefecture.

From the early 17th century to the end of the 19th century, Kumamoto was prosperous

as a castle town. The Shira-kawa River and its branches run through the downtown area

around Kumamoto Castle.

Therefore, the city is called “City of Forest and Fresh Water.”

 


 

 Exploring Kumamoto  

 

Kumamoto Castle

The Castle is one of the three great castles and one of the 100 best places in Japan to

view cherry blossoms. Due to the Earthquakes in 2016, several of the castle’s shacihoko 

ornaments were destroyed, and a large number of kawara tiles also fell from the roof.

Now the restoration activities are being performed as fast as possible. Now, the Kumamoto

Castle can be seen from the outside of the moats surrounding the castle.

 

Entrance gate   Castle tower Kato Shrine 
   


 

After the Earthquake

Ninomaru-hiroba Castle tower Turret
   

 

Suizenji-koen Park

Imitated the beautiful scenery of Japan, is a refined circular garden of Momoyama period

style and represents the 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road including Mt. Fuji.

The fresh springs in the garden release clean, cold water, which flows there from

Mount Aso via underground currents.

 


 

Shimo-tori Shopping Street       

The largest shopping arcade in Kumamoto-prefecture

The center of fashion and amusement where department stores and boutiques

line up and also there are gourmet area where cafes and restaurants including

local cousin restaurants opened daytime and nighttime.

 


 

Kumamoto City Tram         

The convenient public transportation to travel in the Kumamoto-city

There are two lines ;  A line and B line.

Most of the stops on the A line and B line are the same.

Popular stops that both lines go to include Suizenji-koen Park, Kumamoto Castle,

Shimo-tori Shopping Street and the Kumamoto Kotsu Centre Bus Station.

 


 

 Featured tours related to Kumamoto-city  

  

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

 


 

                 Location of Kumamoto

     

 

  


 

 General information  

 

Address

1-1 Tetorihoncho, Cyuo-ku, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto-prefecture

Cabinet designate city

Access

1 hour and 40 minutes from Fukuoka-city by a vehicle 

2 hours and 40 minutes from Kitakyushu-city by a vehicle 

Transportation

Airport

  Kumamoto Airport

 

JR main station : Kumamoto Station

 

City transportation

Population 738,000      population density : 1,890 / km2

 


 

 

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Takachiho travel guide

 

Takachiho offers dynamic and beautiful Takachiho Gorge and

here is the birthplace of Japanese mythology

 

It is the supposed site of legend where Amaterasu, the Shrine Sun Goddess, disturbed by her

brother’s cruel pranks, hid herself in a cave, prompting the other gods and goddesses to try and

lure her out.

 

Enjoy the dynamic and beautiful nature of Takachioho Gorge and

find the roots of Japanese culture in the birth place of Japanese mythology.  

 

 


 

Takachiho Gorge 

A narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River.  The nearly sheer cliffs lining the

gorge are made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns which resemble the scales of a dragon

where the stone twisted and flowed as it formed.

 

 


 

Takachiho shrine   

Located just west of the town center, is nestled in a grove of tall cedars. During the day the shrine’s

nondescript, unpainted buildings blend in naturally with the surrounding trees. In the evening,

you can enjoy the Yokagura Dance.

 


 

Amano Iwato shrine 

About ten kilometers outside of central Takachiho the Shrine was built near the cave where

Amaterasu is said to have hid herself away.  The cave cannot be approached, however,

there is an observation deck behind the shrine’s main building.

 


 

Highlight 

 

Kagura

Kagura is a sacred song and dance for god, and is a Japanese word referring to specific

type of Shinto theatrical dance with roots arguably predating those Noh.

A massively shortened version of Takachiho Yokagura is performed for tourists every night

throughout the year at the Takachiho Shrine.

 


 

 Featured tours related to Takachiho  

 

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic Nature 2 days tour    

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

 


                 Location of Takachiho

       

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Town hall : 13 Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishi-usuki-gun, Miyazaki-prefecture
Access

1 hour and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Aso-city

1 hour and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Nichinan-city

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki-city

1 hour and 15 minutes by a vehicle from Hyuga-city

Population 13,600   Population density 50

 

 

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Nagasaki travel guide

 

The city in harmony with foreign countries culture

 

Nagasaki-city has many oversea countries cultures and the significant Japanese

histories like no other areas.

The fascinating Nagasaki-city has been created since Japan began exchanging with foreign

countries during the National isolation period.

 

In addition to above features, the geographical conditions are creating fascinating tourism and

now many tourists are visiting here.


 

 Historical features  

 

1)Natioanl isolataion in Japan

     Nagasaki is the only place opened to oversea countries ( just Dutch and China ) during the

     National isolation period from 1639 to 1854.

     And trading with Dutch was done at artificial island Dejima.

 

2) Hidden Christian

    Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith continued in Nagasaki region even during the ban

    on Christianity from 1587 to 1859. In 2018,  Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki region is

    registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage.

 

3) Japan’s Industry modernization

    Shipbuilding, and Coal Mining, industries in Nagasaki were great contributed Japan’s Industry

    modernization. And 5 sites of these industries are registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage as

    Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution         

 

4) Atomic bomb

    The Atomic bomb exploded at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945.

    The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of lives were lost.

    Nagasaki is now appealing for World Peace, Disastrous War must not be repeated.

 


 

 Exploring Nagasaki  

 

Glover Garden   / UNESCO World Heritage

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

Western style buildings including the Glover’s Residence built in 1863 by Japanese carpenter

Koyama Hidenoshin. The Glover Residence is Japan’s oldest wooden Western-style building

and is the UNESCO World Heritage registered in 2015 as Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.

 

Tomas Glover Residence,

World Heritage

Former Mitsubishi second

dock house

Overlooking of Nagasaki

harbour


 

Peace Park

Established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was dropped 

at 11:02 am on Aug. 09, 1945.

Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue on August 9 every year and

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

 

Peace Statue

Completed in 1955, ten years

after the atomic bombing

Peace Fountain

Reminds the tragic scene

unfolded shortly after the

dropped Atomic Bomb

Ground Zero

The Atomic bomb exploded

about 500m over the central 

monument               


 

 UNESCO World Heritages sites  

 

 Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution

 

The origin of Japan’s modernization is here.  Under the growing sense of crisis over a

foreign menace, Nagasaki supported the introduction of Western countries technology,

which started during the last years of Japan’s National isolation period. With “ Dejima ”

as the only window to West during the period of National isolation.

Nagasaki contributed for Shipbuilding and Coal Mining and 7 sites have been

registered on the UNESCO World Heritage.

 


 

  Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region 

 

Oura Cathedral  / UNESCO World Heritage

Basilica of Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan.     

One of the famous landmarks in Nagasaki-city, was built in 1865 under the supervision of 

the French priest Bernard Petitjean. It was designated as a National Treasure in 1933 for

its value as Japan’s oldest Gothic-style cathedral.

 

Entrance gate of Oura

Cathedral

Japan’s oldest Gothic-style

Cathedral building

Statue of Mary, at entrance of

Cathedral, installed in 1867


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan     

On February 5, 1597, Paulo Miki and 25 others were crucified for their belief in God on order of

Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The martyrs including four Spaniards, one from Goa, India, one Mexican and 

20 Japanese demonstrated their spiritual unity despite differences in races, ages and professions.

 

Nishizaka hill, the site of

Martyrdom in 1597

The martyrs said that 

” All people, bless God ”  

The 26 Japanese martyrs have 

been canonized in 1862


 

Sotome area Hidden Christian Site   / UNESCO World Heritage     

When he discovered the underground Christians, Petitjean realized that there were many other

Christians hiding in the Sotome region.

He appointed de Rotz as the parish priest of the Shitsu and Kurosaki districts   

 

             Shitsu Church

     Former Shitsu Aid Centre

        The statue of Mary


 

 Other Featured destinations  

 

Mount Inasa

 

World’s three great night veiw 

can be seen from the summit        

Magane-bashi bridge

The oldest stone arch bridge

in Japan       

Kazagashira Park

Magnificent view of Nagasaki,

on the other side of Mt. Inasa


 

Dejima

Only the trading port in Japan

 during Natinal isolation              

Urakami Cathedral

Newly constructed church, after destroyed by Atomic bomb

Sofukuji temple 

The first Chinese style temple

in Nagasaki


 

China town

One of the three big China

 town in Japan 

Confucius Shrine

 

The world’s only Confucian

shrine built outside China by

Chinese hands

Suwa Shrine

The spiritual and cultural hub

for the citizens of Nagasaki

 


 

Nagaaski Wharf

Elegant international & domestic

tourist harbour

Kofukuji Temple

A Chinese temple to pray for

safe navigation 

 Nagasaki Pearl

Nagasaki-prefecture is the

birthplace of pearls


 

 Featured tours related to Nagasaki-city 

 

 Nagasaki one-day tour

 Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites one-day tour

・ Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 3 days tour

 Nagasaki / UNESCO Industrial Revolution one-day tour       

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

 


 

                Location of Nagasaki-city

   

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address City hall : 2-22 Sakura-machi, Nagasaki-city, Nagasaki-prefecture
Access

2 hours and 40 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

2 hours by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

1 hour and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

1 hour and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Shimabara-city

1 hour and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Unzen-city

1 hour and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Sasebo-city

 

2 hours and 20 minutes by JR express train from JR Hakata Station

Transportation

Tram : Convenient transportation system for sightseeing in Nagasaki-city

Almost all the tourist attractions are located within walking distance

from tram station

Population 418,000   Population density 1,030

 

 

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Munakata & Fukutsu Travel Guide

 

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata Region

has been registered on the UNESCO Wlorld Heritage in 2016.

 

Munakata Region is located in the west part of  Fukuoka-prefecture  and facing to Genkai Sea.

The area are consist of Munakata, Fukutsu, Akama and Oshima Island.

 

 


 

 Munakata  

 

Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu, UNESCO World Heritage

Hetsu-gu is one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata Shrine and enshrines

Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, one of the three female deities of Munakata.  Visitors passing

through the torii gate and proceeding along the path will find the Main Hall, dedicated to

Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, beyond the Shinmon gate  

 

 Torii Gate      

Entrance

Shrine main building


 

Takamiya Saijo

The steps lead to Takamiya Saijo (Ceremonial Site), where ancient rituals were performed.
Takamiya Saijo is very important since the rituals currently observed at Hetsu-gu originated there.
To the northwest of the ceremonial site, visitors can view the marine route linking Hetsu-gu with

Okinoshima via the Tsurikawa River, Oshima, and finally across the Genkai Sea.

 

    Entrance of Takamiya Saijo

 Worship at Takamiya Saijo

Takamiya Saijo Japan’s oldest

 Ancient style Shrine 

 

 


 

 Fukutsu  

 

Shinbaru-Nuyama Mounted Tombs, UNESCO World Heritage​

The Tomb Group comprises the tombs of the Munakata clan, an ancient powerful family that led

interactions with overseas countries. The Munakata clan also performed rituals on Okinoshima

and nurtured the tradition of faith in in the sacred island.

 


 

Miyajidake Shrine

The Shimenawa is the biggest in Japan.

Surprisingly, weight is 3ton, with 2.6m diameter and 11m length.

Shimenawa is the thick, twisted, straw rope. It was believed in ancient days that a Shimenawa

had the power to keep off evil sprits, so many objects connected with Shinto Shrines decorated.

 


 

 Akama  

 

Sake Brewery, Katsuya Shuzo

Katsuya Shuzo is a renown local Sake brewery has long history, established in 1790.

The Goshinshu or dedicated Sake to deity for Munakata Shrine is being made this Brewey.

Recommended Sake are Okinoshina, Naranoki and Genkainada.

 

   

 

Akama Inn town in Karatsu road, made during Edo period​

 

 

 

 Oshima Island  

 

Oshima Island located 11 km from Konominato Port in Munakata-city, and is the largest

island in Fukuoka-prefecture. The population of the island is around 700.

 


 

Access to Oshima Island

Oshima Ferry, it takes 25 minutes by Oshima and 15 minutes by Shiokaze

          Konominato Port 

        to Oshima Island

      Oshima Port


 

Munakata Shrine Nakatsu-gu, UNESCO World Heritage

Nakatsu-gu, one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata Taisha, is situated on this island

and enshrines Tagitsuhime-no-Kami, one of the Three Goddesses of Munakata.

 


 

Munakata Shrine Okitsu-gu Yohaisho, UNESCO World Heritage   

Because Okinoshima has long been an object of worship, public access to the island is strictly limited.
The Okinoshima landscape has been preserved intact until now because local people have strictly

observed various taboos.  For example, even if one is allowed to land on the island, one is forbidden

to speak a word about what one has seen or heard there; and one must never take anything from the

island, not even a twig, blade of grass, or pebble.

 

     

 

Windmill Observatory  

From the site of a cannon fort used during World War II, visitors can view Okinoshima

on a clear day.

The path linking the fort site with Okitsu-gu Yohaisho was constructed by the Japanese

Imperial Army.

 

 

 

Mitake mountain Observatory

From the observation deck atop Mt Mitakesan, visitors can view not only the main island of Kyushu,

but also Okinoshima Island.

 

     

 

Lunch at Japanese Inn

     

 

 Featured tour related to UNESCO World Heritage 

 

・ Munakata & Fukutsu / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour  

・ Munakata, Oshiama & Okinoshima / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour

 

 


 

              Location of Munakata

   

 

 


 

 

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

 


 

 

 

Nagasaki UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 3 days tour

 

Congratulations on UNESCO’s World Heritage registration

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

 

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 Christianity.

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Regions bear unique 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.

 

The tour introduces how Christians have been continued their faith since Christianity was

propagated to Japan, by visiting Hidden Christian sites in Nagasaki-city, Shimabara and Unzen.

 

 


 

Tour condition

・Start and end place of the tour : Fukuoka-city

・Places to be visited :  Nagasaki-city, Shimabara and Unzen

・Duration : 2 nights and 3 days

・Transportation : Chartered vehicle

 


 

 Itinerary  

 

Day 1

Depart  Fukuoka-city

transfer to Nagasaki-city 

Visit tourist attaraction in Nagasaki-city

Stay at Nagasaki-city

 

Day 2

Visit tourist attaraction in Nagasaki-city

Transfer to Unzen

Visit tourist attaraction in Unzen

Stay at Unzen

 

Day 3

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins ;  Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Shimabara Castle

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at Fukuoka-city

 


 

 Where to visit  

 

 Day 1  

 

Depart  Fukuoka-city

transfer to Nagasaki-city

Sotome areaMartyrdom of 26 Saints of JapanOura Cathedral

Glover Garden → Mount Inasa

Stay at Nagasakicity

 


 

Sotome area Hidden Christian Site  / UNESCO World Heritage 

When he discovered the underground Christians, Petitjean realized that there were many other

Christians hiding in the Sotome region.

He appointed de Rotz as the parish priest of the Shitsu and Kurosaki districts.    

    

  Shitsu Church

  Former Shitsu Aid Centre

  The Statue of Mary


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

On February 5, 1597, Paulo Miki and 25 others were crucified for their belief in God on order of
Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The martyrs including four Spaniards, one from Goa, India, one Mexican and 
20 Japanese demonstrated their spiritual unity despite differences in races, ages and professions.
By putting them to death, Hideyoshi threatened people, saying I hereby ban Christianity”. 
Responded the martyrs’ chant “All people, bless God!  Death and life, liberty and persecution
and Dictators and the people confronted on Nishizaka Hill. 
 

Nishizaka hill, the site of

Martyrdom in 1597

The martyrs said that 

” All people, bless God ! ”  

The 26 Japanese martyrs have 

been canonized in 1862


 

Oura Cathedral   / UNESCO World Heritage

Basilica of Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

Built in 1865 under the supervision of the French priest Bernard Petitjean.

It was designated as a National Treasure in 1933 for its value as Japan’s oldest Gothic-style

Cathedral.

 

Entrance gate of Oura

Cathedral

Japan’s oldest Gothic-style

Cathedral building

Statue of Mary, at entrance of

Cathedral, installed in 1867

 

 

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.

 

Tomas Glover Residence,

World Heritage

Former Mitsubishi second

dock house

Overlooking of Nagasaki

harbour

 


 

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.

 

 Veiw from Nagasaki harbor

 View from the Summit 

  

World’s three great night veiw 


 
 Day 2  
 

Peace Park → Ground Zero  → Urakami Cathedral

Transfer to Unzen

Visit Nita Pass  → Unzen Jigoku

Stay at Unzen

 


 

Established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was dropped 

at 11:02 am on Aug. 09, 1945.

Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue on August 9 every year and

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

 

Peace Statue

Completed in 1955, ten years

after the atomic bombing

Peace Fountain

Reminds the tragic scene

unfolded shortly after the

dropped Atomic Bomb

Ground Zero

The Atomic bomb exploded

about 500m over the central 

monument               


 

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.

 

        Entrance to Nita pass

         Nita pass Observetory

  Rope way to Myoken mountain


 

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.

 

Smoke rising from the ground

over a wide area

Martyrdom site of Christians

The Cross written the name of

six martyrs


 

 Day 3  

 

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins ;  Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Shimabara Castle

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at  Fukuoka-city

 


 

Harajo Castle ruins

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.  Christian farmers rose in a riot due to their

grievance about the oppression by Matsukura Shigemasa. The Shogunate regarded this riot as Christian

rebellion and sent its punitive force, therefore locked themselves in the castle and with their leader

Amakusa Shiro Tokisada fought against the Shogunate. 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. 

 

Entrance to Harajo Castle

Ruins

Battle field of Shimabara

Rebellion

The Statue of Amakusa Shiro


 

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.

 

Donjon of Shimabara Castle

Moat of the Castle planted lotus

Great stone wall of moat


 

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.

 

Samurai street

Samurai house

Japanese garden


 

 Featured tours related to Hidden Christian sites  

 

・ Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites one-day tour

・ Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 3 days tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

 


 

 

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 

 


 

Kawachi Wisteria garden & Kitakyushu one-day tour

 

The tour is the customized private tour traveled in Kitakyushu-city  including

Kawachi Wisteria garden, operated during Kawachi Wisteria blossom period

from mid-April to mid-May depending on the Wisteria condition.

 


 

 Tour condition  

 

Number of participants : 2 to 8 pax

transportation : a jumbo taxi with 9 seats is utilized

English speaking tour guide is attended

Tour date : according to customer’s schedule

Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city

However can be changed to Kitakyushu-city if required 

 


 

 Itinerary

 

The suggested itinerary is shown below, however we can customized as per your requirement.

8:30 depart Fukuoka-city

  Kawachi Wisteria garden

  Kawachi Resevoir

  lunch at Kokura

  Kokura Castle

  Mojoko Retro

  Kanmon Pedstrian tunnel : cross the Kanmon Strait on foot from Moji to Shimonoseki

Transfer to Kitakyushu-city using the Kanmon bridge

Back to  Fukuoka-city

17:30 arrive Fukuoka-city

 


 

 Where to visit

 

Kawachi Wisteria garden

Kawachi Wisteria Garden is a private garden at the Mountain foot of Sarakura in Kitakyushu-city

and famous for its spectacularly presented, large numbers of wisteria flowers.

 


 

Kawachi Reservoir

The first-class civil construction heritage.

The triggered the registration of UNESCO World Heritage, Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution

 The Kawachi Reservoir was constructed for the industrial water supply to Yawata Steel Works. 

 


 

Kokura Castle

Hosokawa Tadaoki commenced the construction of Kokura Castle in 1602 and spent 7 years to
completed it. The castle had a fivefold and six layered donjon and it was built in the architectural 
style called “Kara-zukuri”. Then, it served as a residence of the Ogasawara clan. In 1866, it was
burnt down by the Choshu War, and the existing castle was reconstructed in 1959.
 
   

 

Mojiko Retro

Must visit distination in Kitakyushu-city, Dr. Albert Einstein awarded Nobel Prize in Physic

visited Moji in 1922, and he acclaimed that everything could see were ARTS

The exotic district of Mojiko-Retro. Moji-ko Port flourished following its 1889 designation as a

Special National Port for exporting coal and other products. Close to China, it served as a trading

port making an important contribution to modernization of Japan.

 


 

Kanmon Pedstrian tunnel

Only the place in the world !   You can cross the strait on foot.

The Kanmon Strait, separating Honshu and Kyushu, is a very beautiful and busy waterway with

as many as 700 small and large ships a day passing through it.

 

 


 

 Price  

 

Price is subjected to number of person and what transportation to be used.

Please contact the following.

 


 

 

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 

 


 

Dazaifu travel guide

 

Dazaifu is the highly recommended tourist destination near Fukuoka-city

Must visit place is Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to the deity of lerning.

 

Dazaifu is a historical place, about 1300 years ago, in Dazaifu, there was a government office

to manage the entire Kyushu  for a long period of 500 years at the present  Dazaifu. 

There are numbers of historical sites which reflect to the ancient history of Dazaifu, including

ruins of the Dazaifu itself. 

 


 

 Where to visit  

 

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

 

 Entrance Gate  Main Building of Shrine Shamusho, Shrine office 
 

 

 Approach to the Shrine  

 

Torii Gate  Approach path Approach path 
     

 

Starbucks at Approach path

The restaurant was designed by renown architecture designer Kengo Kuma in 2011.

The concept of the design is Harmony of Modern and traditional by natural material;

2000 cedar timber is assembled in a traditional wood structure without using nails.

Enjoy the luxurious time in the warmth of wood and the scent of coffee.

 


 

Daruma doll Gourd Ema tablet

 

Sacred Cow Entrance Bridge Chozusha, Purification place

 

 

 Featured tour in Dazaifu 

 

Yanagawa and Dazaifu one-day tour         

 

The tour takes you to two popular destinations around Fukuoka-city, Yanagawa 

and Dazaifu in a day.

Depart Fukuoka-city   

Exploring Yanagawa

   Canal boat cruise,   Ohana Shotoen Garden,  Birthplace of Hakushu Kitahara

Exploring Dazaifu

  Shrine Approach path,  Komyozenji templeDazaifu Tenmangu Shrine 

back to Fukuoka-city

 


 

 Featured festival

 

Kyokusui-no-en

 

Tenmangu’s history is recalled by events such as the New Years Exorcism, Fire Festival

(Oni-sube),  Kyokusui-no-en that means Spring Water Poetry (waka) Festival, and Jinko-shiki

(Annual God-Procession Festival) which takes place in the Autumn.


 

 Location of Dazaifu  

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address City hall : 1-1-1 Kanzeonji Dazaifu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

30 minutes by car using Fukuoka Urban Express Way from Fukuoka-city

35 minutes by Nishitetsu train from Tenjin (Fukuoka) to Dazaifu

Transportation Nishitetsu train
Population 72,000   Population density 2,400

 

 

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 

 


 

Toho village, Asakura and Ukiha one-day tour

 

Agricultural industries area spreading in the Kyushu’s largest Chikugo plain

 

The Kyuhsu’s largest Chikugo River which flows from Mount Aso through the Chikugo region

to Ariake Sea.
The Kyushu’s largest Chikugo plain spreading in the Chikugo River basin
 

 


 

 

Tour condition

Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city

English speaking guide 

Local experienced and knowledgeable guidese escorts the tour

Chartered vehicle is utilizes

Jumbo taxi or bus as per number of pax

 


 

 Itinerary  

 

9:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Asakura by vehicle using Kyushu Express Way,  1 hour

Exploring Asakura

  Toho Village, Triple Water Wheel, Yamada Weir  

Exploring Shirakabe-dori Avenue

Lunch at the featured restaurant Shirakabe

Visiting Ukiha Inari Shrine

Visiting a Shochu brewery

Back to Fukuoka using Kyushu Express Way, 1 hour and 30 minutes

17:30 Arrive Fukuoka-city 

 


 

Toho Village

Toho is a small village with a population of about 2,000 people and consist of two districts. 

Hoshuyama district, a mountain area blessed with nature

Koisiwara district, pottery industry representative of Kyushu

 


 

Asakura

It is a thriving area of agriculture in Fukuoka Prefecture where has rich nature

and many historical heritages.

And also there is a Onsen Resort along the Chikugo River.

 

Akizuki

A former Castle town located in

northern part of Asakura

 

Triple Water Wheel

 

Only area in Japan to use

water wheels for irrigation

Yamada Weir

Only here in Japan,  the stone

covered Weir constructed


 

Ukiha

Ukiha blessed with nature where many orchards spread out at the foot of Mino mountain range.

 

Shirakabe-dori Avenue

Time-honored scenery, back to 100 years ago.

Located in Yoshii-machi, Shirakabe, literary meaning is white wall. The avenue of houses with

white wall were constructed about 100 years ago.  About 250 houses in the area has been designated

as National important raditional buildings preservation district.


 

Lunch

Featured Restaurant, Shirakabe, located at Shirakabe Avenue

The building is designated by Government as Traditional building at the Conservation

district in Ukiha-city.

Japanese cuisines using best local ingredients that vary by season can be enjoyed.

The chef who makes that cuisines also experienced the imperial family’s cook.

The building constructed 100

year ago

Featured lunch menu

Enjoy lunch


 

Ukiha Inari Shrine

Breath taking beautiful scenery harmonizes with the Shrine

Located at foot of Mino mountain range, 130 m height from sea level.

The 90 vermilion coloured Torii Gates stand on the 300 steps stairs is introduced you

from bottom area to the Shrine main building.

To the Shrine

Shrine main building

Breath taking view from Shrine


 

Shochu Brewery

Let’s sample Chochu at Beniotome Shuzo

Shochu is a Japanese distilled beverage less than 45% alcohol by volume.

The shochu of Beniotome Shuzo is distilled from Sesame.

The brewery can be visited and there is a tasting corner,  Let’s sample Chochu.


 

 

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