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Nagasaki Pilgrimage 3 days tour

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

was propagated to Japan, by visiting Christian Pilgrimage sites in Nagasaki-city, Shimabara

and Unzen.

 

Japanese Christianity has the unparalleled and 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.

 

Christian Pilgrimage 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.

 


 

 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.

 


 

Where to visit  

 

Day 1   Sotome & Nagasaki

 

Itinerary

 

Depart  Fukuoka-city

transfer to Nagasaki-city

Sotome Pilgrimage sitesMartyrdom of 26 Saints of Japan

Lunch at Nagaaski Wharf  or China Town

Oura Cathedral → Glover Garden → Mount Inasa

Stay at Nagasakicity

 


 

Sotome Pilgrimage 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

 Endo Shusaku Literary Museum

Kurosaki Church

 Kurosaki district


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

Nishizaka hill is the most significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan.

The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan were a group of Catholics who were executed by
crucifixion on February 5, 1597.Their martyrdom is especially significant in the history
of the Catholic Church in Japan.
In 1637, Lorenzo Luiz from Philippines martyred here at Nishizaka hill.
In 1950, Pope Pius XII designated this place as an official pilgrimage site for Catholics.
And Saint Teresa of Calcutta commonly known as Mother Teresa visited in 1982
and Pope Francis visited here in 2019
 

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

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.

 

 Saint Lorenzo Luiz from Philippines   

 Pope Francis visitedNagasaki

 in 2019

 The 26 Martyrs Museum


 

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

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 


 

Stay

 

Nagasaki

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.

 

 

 

 JR Nagasaki Station

 

 Main street of Nagasaki

 

 Nagasaki tram


 

Dinner at Nagasaki-city

 

Local restaurants

 

Sushi restaurant

Beef restaurant

 

 
Day 2  Nagasaki & Unzen
 
Itinerary
 

Transfer to Unzen

Visit Nita Pass  → Unzen Jigoku

Stay at Unzen

 

Option : the following site can be arranged as a option

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

 


 

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               


 

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.

 

 

     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


 

Option

 

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.

 

 

“ Hot foot 105 ” is the Japan’s

longest foot bath, 105 meter 

 

Hot spring source temperature

of 105 degree Celsius

 

Obama Onsen Resort, located

at the mountain foot of  Unzen 

Local specialities, Souvenir shop

 

 

Stay

 

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.

 

 

 Bus Center in Unzen Onsen

 Resort

 

 Many hotels arelocated around

 Unzen Jigoku

 

 

Each season brings a vivid

change to the appearance 

the face of Unzen


 

Day 3   Shimabara

 

Itinerary

 

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins ;  Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Shimabara Castle

Lunch at Shimabara

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at  Fukuoka-city

 

Option : the following site can be arranged as a option

Hinoe Castle Ruins

 


 

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


 

Lunch at Shimabara, 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.

 


 

Option

 

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.

 

 

 Entrance of the Castle

 

 The castle made by Christian

 Daimyo, Arima Hironobu

 

  Remain stone walls around

  the site of the front gate


 

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Kyushu Travel Guide in Japan

Kyushu is a paradise of Japan travel like no others.

Kyushu has rich landscapes including nature and diverse cultures including food cultures.

It has a variety of histories all over Kyushu, and nature and urban are harmonized.

 

One of our most proud things in Kyushu is Japanese cuisines and local delicacies.

You can enjoy many different local dishes using fresh and unique ingredients in various

places during your travel.

Also you can meet a lot of amazing things what you have never experienced before.

 

The Kyushu Travel Guide provides information of 7 prefectures on the main island Kyusu.

Fukuoka-prefecture    Saga-prefecture    Naasaki-prefecture    Oita-prefecture 

Kumamoto-prefecture    Miyazaki-prefecture    Kagoshima-prefecture

 


 

The abundant​ local tourist information collected by our own

 

We have prepared tourist information shown on this site based on our own investigations

by visiting each destinations, tourist attractions, restaurants, shops, facilities and other places.

Further more, featured tourist destinations as well as numerous hidden gems shown

by photos which are taken by us.

 


 

What and where to enjoy in Kyushu

 

Kyushu is the destination like a Treasure Chest of Japan, you can enjoy what you want.

Unique experiences : Yanagawa Canal boat cruiceKeya Cave cruise, Gunkan-jima islamd cruise

    Amakusa cruise or dolphin watching , Sand bath, Wild horse watching, Beppu Hell tour,

    Foot bath in Beppu and Unzen Obama Japan’s three major night view of Kitakyushu and Nagasaki

    Aso tourist tramSake brewery in any places in Kyushu, Fruits picking in any places in Kyushu

Dynamic and beautiful Nature  : Amakusa, Unzen, Satsuma PeninsulaSakurajima Island

    Aso, Takachiho, Nichinan, HyugaOkubungo, Yufuin

Onsen experience : Shimabara, Unzen, Obama, IbusukiAsoKurokawa, Yufuin, Beppu

UESCO World Heritage  /  Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution : Kitakyushu, Omuta

    Kumamoto, Saga, Nagasaki, Kagoshima

Pilgrimage sites in Nagasaki /  Nagasaki, Shimabara, Unzen, Amakusa

UNESCO World Heritage / the Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated sites

 Munakata, Oshima island, Fukutsu    

Japanese Cultural Historical sites : Nagasaki, Shimabara, toKumamo, Chiran, Kagoshima,

 Kirishima, Obi, Mimitsu, Takachiho, Aso, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-city 

 


 

Featured destinations map of Kyushu in Japan

 

Japan’s southernmost Kyushu Island

consists of seven 

prefectures shown on the map

 

Red letter indicate prefecture

Black letter indicate destination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Fukuoka-prefecture 

 

Fukuoka-city

Kitakyushu-city

Dazaifu

 

 

Fukuoka-city is the Heart of

Kyushu, the energetic city

bustling as the center of

Kyushu’s politics, economy

culture and fashion

 

Kitakyushu is the second largest

city in Kyushu. World leading Environmental Future city, and

blessed with spectacular &

stunning nature.

 

Dazaifu is must visit place

in Fukuoka-prefecture has

1300 years history, featured

spot is Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine


 

Itoshima

Yanagawa

Munakata & Fukutsu

 

Itoshima is the nearest Resort

town from Fukuoka-city.

The ara is surrounded Genkai

Sea and Seburi Mountain.

 

Yanagawa is a Castle town with

a beautiful Canals in the town.

Canal boat cruise is the most

exiting experience.

 

Munakata & Fukutsu is

UNESCO World Heritage towns,

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam

and Associated site


 

Asakura Ukiha Yame

 

Asakura is a thriving area of

agriculture with rich nature.

Harazuru is a Onsen Resort 

in Fukuoka-prefecture

 

Ukiha blessed with nature where

many orchards spread out in the

Chikugo plain. Must visit place 

Yoshii-machi, the time-honored

scenery, back to 100 years ago.

 

Yame including Hoshino Village

is the representative town of 

Japanese Tea cultication.

Also Yame is the Centre of

Japanese artificial crafts.


Saga-prefecture 

 

Saga-city

Karatsu & Yobuko

Takeo & Ureshino

 

 

Sagacity is  known as the

plece where it has made a

great contribution to the

Japanese Industrial Revolution

 

Karatsu was prospered from

ancient times as an important

trading port, Yobuko famous

for fresh squid cuisines

 

Takeo is a Onsen Resort,

located west of Sagacity,

and has 1200 years history

 


 

Arita Imari Kashima & Tara

 

Arita is famous for Arita

porcelain, one of the traditional

handicrafts of Japan, has 400

years old history.

 

Imari is most notable because

of Imari porcelain.

Okawachiyama porcelain

district is recommended to visit

 

Kashima is southern part of

Saga, facing to Ariake sea, 

Yutoku Inari Shrine is one of

the famous Inari shrine in Japan


 

Nagasaki-prefecture 

 

Nagasaki-city

Unzen

Shimabara

 

Nagasaki has many oversea

countries cultures and the

significant Japanese histories.

Natioanl isolation,  Hidden

ChristianJapan’s Industrial

ModernizationAtomic bomb

 

Unzen is a gentle Onsen Resort 

situated in the Unzen National

Park.  The Resort area was

originally developed for

foreigners as a place close to

Nagasaki.

 

Shimabara spreads in the foot

of  Mount Unzen and facing to

Ariake Sea. The region offers

various  things ; Castle town, Onsen, Nature and UNESCO

Hidden Christian site 


 

Sasebo & Huis Ten Bosch

Hirado  

 

Sasebo is the town surrounded

azure sea with breathtaking

99 islands scenery, and 

beautiful theme park

Huis Ten Bosch 

 

North West coast of Nagasaki-prefecture is a beautiful and

historic location full of interesting  Christian churches, white sandy beaches and an imposing castle.

 

 


 

Oita-prefecture 

 

Beppu

Yufuin

Kunisaki peninsula

 

Beppu is the Japan’s most

popular Onsen Resort,

the exciting experiences

Hell tour and  Foot bath

are recommended

 

Yufuin is a beautiful and tranquil

Onsen Resort harmonized with

nature. Yunotsubo Avenue ,

Kinrinko lake and Yufuin Floral

Village are worth to travel

 

Kunisaki peninsula is located

north-east side of

Oita-prefecture ; Trekking and 

onsen can be enjoed.

Tashibu-no-sho is listed on the

World Agricultural Heritage.


 

Usa & Ajimu

Nakatsu & Yabakei

Okubungo region

 

Usa & Ajimu is located at the

base of Kunisaki peninsula and

spreading around Usa Shrine.

it has long been holy ground to 

both Shinto & Buddhist activities

 

Nakatsu is a Castle town,

Yabakei offers dynamic rock

formations at the valleys along

Yamakuni River

 

Okubungo is a Nature-blessed

region at Ono River basin, the

northern part is surrounded by

Aso & Kuju Mountains


 

Kumamoto-prefecture 

 

Kumamoto-city Aso  

Kurokawa Onsen 

 

 

Kumamoto is the third largest

city in Kyushu.Must visit place

is Kumamoto Castle listed on

the three great castle in Japan

 

Aso gives unforgettable

experiences, the active volcano

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

 

Kurokawa Onsen is one of the 

best places to enjoy the 

atmosphere of old fashioned

Onsen in Japan.


Amakusa

Hitoyoshi

Minamata

 

Amakusa is an archipelago

located west side of Kumamoto, beautiful landscape, seafood &

local delicacis, marine activities

 

Hitoyoshi is a castle town along

rapid stream Kuma river, Onsen

resort, river boat riding, steam locomotive, limestone cave.

 

 

Minamata is located west coast

of Kyushu and faces Amakusa

islands; beautiful landscape,

sea food, Onsen resorts 


 

 Miyazaki-prefecture

 

Takachiho

Hyuga 

Miyazaki & Nichinan

 

Takachiho has the dynamic 

Takachiho Gorge and and the

birthplace of Japanese

mythology, Takachiho shrine

and Amano Iwato shrine

 

Hyuga offers spectacle art

collection of exposed Rocks

created by raging wave of

Hyuga Sea, Japanese

traditional fishery port Mimitsu

 

Miyazaki & Nichinan facing to

Pacific Ocean, subtropical

region; Ocean Resorts,

wild animal, historical places,

beautiful landscape


 

 Kagoshima-prefecture 

 

Kagoshima

Sakura-jima Island

Ibusuki & Satsuma

peninsula

 

Kagoshima largest city in

Southern Kyushu and greatly

contributed modernization of

Japan. UNESCO World

Heritage site & Active volcano

Sakura-jima are to be visited.

 

An active strato volcano with

three peaks, Kita-dake, 

Naka-dake and still active

Minami-dake.

 

Ibusuki is the Onsen Resort

is most famous for Sand bath

place in Japam located at a

sand in Kinko bay. Many unique

tourist attractions in Satsuma

peninsula can be offered.


 

Chiran

Kirishima

Cape Sata

 

Chiran called a small Kyoto in

Kagoshima, offer a fine

collection of Samurai houses

and gardens. Another featured

place to be visited is

Chiran Peace Museum

 

Kirishima is an Onsen Resort

located in the mountain foot of

Kirishima. Kirishima Shrine is

one of the most beautiful shrine

in Kyushu surrounded by forest

 

The southernmost Cape of

main land Japan at 1′ 00″ 

latitude. Cape Sata is home

to many sub-tropical flowers.

 


 

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Christian Pilgrimage sites in Nagasaki Region

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Hidden Christian site is registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage

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 Site in NagasakiShimabara , Hirado and Amakusa 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.

 


 

Nagasaki

 

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


 

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


 

Urakami Cathedral

Originally constructed in 1895 as a brick Romanesque building, after a long-standing ban on

Christianity was lifted. When completed in 1914, it was the largest Catholic church in East Asia.

The atomic bomb dropped on August 9, 1945 explored in Urakami, only 500m from the cathedral,

which was completely destroyed. What remained of the cathedral is now on display in the 

Atomic Bomb Museum.

 

A replacement the Cathedral

was built in 1959

Ruins of destroyed Urakami

Cathedral are displayed

Ruins of destroyed Cathedral,

displayed nearby Ground Zero


 

Shimabara& Unzen / Naasaki-prefecture

 

Harajo Castle Ruins / UNESCO World Heritage

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

 


 

Unzen jigoku

Jigoku, 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


 

Hirado  / Naasaki-prefecture

 

Christianity in Hirado

When the religion was banned in the early Edo Period, and the Christians were forced to give up their

religion, a few believers, known as the “Hidden Christians”, continued to practice their religion in secret

for over two centuries. Some did so in the remote villages of Hirado Island.

In the late 1800s, the ban on Christianity was lifted, and many of the Hidden Christians rejoined the

Catholic Church and built new churches with the assistance of foreign priests. A few also refrained from

rejoining because their religious practices evolved quite a bit over the centuries to a degree where they

were not compatible with Catholicism anymore.

 

Nakae no Shima / UNESCO World Heritage

Located two kilometers off the coast of Hirado Island, Nakae no Shima is a small, uninhabited island

where religious leaders were executed during the persecution of Christians. The island is considered

sacred, and water collected there is used for baptism.

 


 

Kasuga Village   / UNESCO World Heritage

This idyllic, remote village was refuge to a small community of Hidden Christians who practiced here

for centuries, far from the prying eyes of the government. After the ban on Christianity was lifted, the

local villagers decided to continue practicing their own unique brand of the religion rather than rejoin

the Catholic Church. As a result, churches were not erected in the village, and the religion remains

outwardly invisible.

 


 

Tabira Church

The church was designed by Tetsukawa Yosuke, a famous architect of various churches in

Nagasaki-prefecture, and built between December 1915 and October 1917. It is one of the latest

brick churches in the prefecture of Nagasaki. Tetsukawa Yosuke has called this one of his best works.

 


 

Amakusa / Kumamoto-prefecture

 

Hidden Christian of Amakusa

Christianity was first brought to Japan in 1549 by a Jesuit priest named Francis Xavier when trading

opened in Kagoshima. Not long after, it spread to neighboring areas such as Nagasaki and Amakusa.

In 1614, the Tokugawa regime felt threatened by the growth of Christianity out of their fear of

colonialism. Persecutions began and the eradication of Christianity started. Missionaries and priests

alike were killed, while those who practiced Christianity were given an option to renounce their faith or

face death. Some chose to convert to Shintoism and Buddhism in order to hide their Christian faith.

Fed up with famine and cruel treatment, peasants from Amakusa organized a rebellion to fight against

the regime. This resulted in the Shimbara Rebellion, which is considered as one of the largest revolts

during the Edo period.

 


 

Oe Cathedral 

The oldest Catholic Church in Amakusa and was one of the first churches built right after the ban

on Christianity was lifted. The and Romanesque-style architecture and the chalky white structure

was rebuilt in 1933 by a French missionary priest named Father Garnier using his own money and

contributions from local Christians living in the area.

 


 

Sakitsu Village   / UNESCO World Heritage

A Gothic-looking church is located on a cove of a fishing village. In 1934, a French priest Augustin

Halbout MEP purchased the premises of the former village headman and built a wooden and

concrete finished church, with Tetsukawa Yosuke’s design and construction. He placed the altar

at the very site where fumie or a test to ensure non-allegiance to Christianity had been conducted.

 


 

Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

The theme Museum shows History of Christianity in Amakusa and 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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Sakitsu Village

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Sakitshu is a Christian Pilgrimage site and has been registered on UNESCE World Heritage

as Hidden Christian site Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

 

A Gothic-looking church is located on a cove of a fishing village. In 1934, a French priest

Augustin Halbout MEP purchased the premises of the former village headman and built a

wooden and concrete finished church, with Tetsukawa Yosuke’s design and construction.

He placed the altar at the very site where fumie or a test to ensure non-allegiance to

Christianity had been conducted.

 


 

 Location of Amakusa

 

  

 


 

General information  

Address 539 SAkitsu Kawazu-cho, Amakusa-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

by Car

2 hours 40 minutes from Kumamoto-city

45 minutes from Amakusa Airport

Church

Open hours

 

9:00 to 17:00

Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed No closing days

 

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Oe Cathedral Amakusa

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The Church is a Pilgrimage site and is the oldest Catholic Church in Amakusa and was one of

the first churches built right after the ban on Christianity was lifted. The Romanesque-style

architecture and the chalky white structure was rebuilt in 1933 by a French missionary priest

named Father Garnier using his own money and contributions from local Christians living in

the area.

 


 

 Location of Amakusa

 

  

 


 

General information  

Address 1782 Oe Amakusa-cho, Amakusa-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

by Car

2 hours 50 minutes from Kumamoto-city

60 minutes from Amakusa Airport

Open hours 9:00 to 17:00
Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed No closing days

 

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Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

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Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki is the place of Martyrdom of 26 Japanese Saints.

The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan were a group of Catholics who were executed by
crucifixion on February 5, 1597.Their martyrdom is especially significant in the history of
the Catholic Church in Japan.
In 1950, Pope Pius XII designated this place as an official pilgrimage site for Catholics.
Pope John Paul II visited here in 1981, and Saint Teresa of Calcutta commonly known as
Mother Teresa visited in 1982.
 
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

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.
The martyrs are immortal. In 1862, the 26 Japanese martyrs were canonized by Pope Pius IX.
In 1956, the place of their martyrdom was designated as a Historical Place by Nagasaki
Prefecture. A monument dedicated to them was built on June 10 in 1962.
 

 

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.

 


 

 Location of Nagasaki-city

 

  

 


 

General information  

Address 7-8 Nishizaka-cho, Nagasaki-city
Access 5 minuts walk from JR Nagasaki Station

 

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Urakami Cathedral

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Construction of the original Urakami Cathedral, a brick Romanesque building, began in 1895,

after a long-standing ban on Christianity was lifted. When completed in 1914, it was the largest

Catholic church in East Asia.

 

The atomic bomb dropped on August 9, 1945 explored in Urakami, only 500m from the cathedral,

which was completely destroyed. What remained of the cathedral is now on display in the Atomic

Bomb Museum. A replacement was built in 1959, and remodeled to more closely resemble 

the original in 1980.

 


 


 

The nearby the Ground Zero in Nagasaki Peace Park contains remnants of the Ruins of Urakami Cathedral

 


 

 Location of Nagasaki-city

 

  

 


 

General information  

Address 1-79 Moto-machi, Nagasaki-city
Access

8 minuts walk from Heiwa koen Tram Station 

Open hours

9:00 to 17:00

Admission fee No fee is required, please donate to the donation box
Days closed No closing days

 

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Kitakyushu travel guide

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Kitakyushu is the second largest city in Kyushu and 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 nature 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 ofJapanfrom Mount Sarakura to be experienced.
The beautiful night view is created by combination of industrial zones and rich nature areas.
 
 The Three Major Night View of Japan  
 

 
Kitakyushu-city is the Camp site of Wales participating in Rugby World Cup 2019.

 

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 Manga Museum

 

A typical Japanese market, 

the kitchen of Kitakyushu-city

 

A down town arcade shopping

streets to JR Kokura Station

 

Introduces the history of manga

with a focus on artists who

have affiliations to Kitakyushu


 

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 BF

 

 

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.

 



 

Local cuisines and featured restaurant

 

Kawara Sobe

Kawara soba is a local cuisine which Soba noodles and meat are cooked together

on a Kawara (stone roof tile) and dipped into a special sauce when eating it.

Yaki curry

Yaki curry latterly means baked curry and is local cuisine in Moji which is curry with rice

topped with cheese and/or egg heated in oven. The melted cheese and soft-boiled egg

combine with the spicy curry to enhance its flavor even more.

 

Nagahama Ramen, Tonpei

 

Eel Restaurant, Chikurintei

 

 

 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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Kitakyushu Manga Museum and Aru Aru City

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The Kitakyushu Manga Museum is located next to JR Kokura station.

 

 

The museum is located on the 6th floor of Aru Aru City, a multi-floored shopping mall devoted

to products and services for anime, manga, idol culture, and cosplay fans, a kind of Harajuku

in miniature.

 

The permanent exhibition area on the 6th floor concentrates on manga writers and artists who

have a connection with Kitakyushu; and while more than thirty are listed, the best known is Reiji

Matsumoto, who is also the honorary director of the museum.

 


 

The rest of the Aru Aru City shopping mall is devoted to shops and services for Japan’s pop youth

culture. There are lots of shops selling manga, anime DVDs, J-Pop CDs, computer games, trading

cards, as well as related paraphernalia such posters and figurines.

There are games arcades, an internet cafe, model car racetrack, a karaoke bar, and several cafes

and bars serving alcohol, as well as a full maid cafe.

 

 

There are numerous establishments offering services for otaku, including a rehearsal space with

a recording studio for budding musicians, an event space with a stage and lighting that can be rented,

and a cosplay studio where cosplayers can be photographed professionally in a variety of settings.

 

 


 

 General information   

Address 2-14-5 Asano Kokura-kita, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

a short walk from JR Kokura Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu

100 minutes by a vehicle from Yufuin


 

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First Head Office of the Steel Works

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UNESCO World Heritage, Site of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution

The four sites of Yawata Steel Works in Kitakyushu area have been inscribed 

as Iron and Steel Industry.

Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding, and Coal Mining, are a grouping of historic sites that played

an important part in the industrialization of Japan in the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods.

 

First Head Office of the Steel Works 

Built in 1899, ahead of production facilities.

It is an architectural fusion of Japanese and European design, a two story red brick building

with bilateral symmetry and a central dome set in a Japanese tile roof.

 

World leading rails producing

in the Steel Works

First Head Office building

registered on the World Heritage

Observation deck of the

World Heritage


 

 Location of Kitakyushu-city

 

 

 


 

General information 

Address Higasida, Yahata-higasiku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kokura Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu


 

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