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Nagasaki Pilgrimage 6 days tour

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

Kumamoto and Hirado

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.


  • Kurosaki Church



Averall itinerary

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

Day 2 : Nagasaki & Unzen, stay Unzen

Day 3 : Shimabara, stay Amakusan

Day 4 : Amakusa & Kumamoto, stay Kumamoto

Day 5 : Hirado, stay Hirado

Day 6 : Hirado, stay Fukuoka



Location of Christian Pilgrimage sites in Nagasaki regions




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

Visit Sotome Pilgrimage sites

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf

Exploring Nagasaki

 Martyrdom of 26 Saints of JapanOura Cathedral

 Glover Garden → Mount Inasa

Stay in  Nagasaki–city



Where to visit


Sotome Pilgrimage sites / 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 secret.


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.




Nagasaki 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.


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.


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.


Day 2  Nagasaki & Unzen
Exploring Nagasaki

Lunch at China Town

Transfer to Unzen

Visit Nita Pass→ Unzen Jigoku

Stay at Unzen




The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama



Where to visit


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.


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.



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.



Unzen, Nita Pass

Unzen is a beautiful mountain and Onsen resortand 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



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.


Day 3   Shimabara



Exploring Shimabara

  Shimabara Castle   → Samurai Houses & Samurai street

Lunch at Shimabara, local delicacy food, Guzoni

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins ;  Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Transfer to Amakusa from Kuchinotsu

Stay in Amakusa



Where to visit


Shimabara Castle

The castle was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was regarded as

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

“Moritake Castle”.  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.


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. 


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

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

    Kuchinotsu port


        To Amakusa


Day 4  Amakusa & Kumamoto  



8:00 Depart Hotel 

Visiting Hidden Christian sites

  Oe Cathedral →  Sakitsu Village  →  Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

Travel Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line

Transfer to Kumamoto

Exploring Kumamoto 

  Sakurano-baba Josaien Kumamoto Castle  

Stay in Kumamoto



Where to visit


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 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 in

Harajo Castle Ruins which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians

under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.


Sakurano-baba Josaien         

Josaien is located in Sakurano-baba, at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s three

major castles. It is a popular tourist attraction designed to enhance the appeal of the old castle

town and convey to visitors the food, history and cultural traditions of the region from Kumamoto

Castle, a symbol of the Kumamoto-city.


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.



Day 5  Hirado



Depart Kumamoto

Transfer to Hirado

Visit Tabira Church

Lunch at Hirado, local delicacy sea food

Exploring Hirado

  Matsura Historical Museum →  St Francis Xavier Memorial Church  Dutch Trading Post

Stay at Hirado



Where to visit


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.


Lunch at Hirado

local delicacy sea food



Matsura Historical Museum

The museum stores and displays the historical collection of the Matsura family who ruled over the

northern area of Nagasaki prefecture since the 13th century. The museum is housed in the former

private residence of the Matsura family, the grand Tsurugamine Mansion, built in 1893. Hirado has

a long history of overseas exchange due to its geographical location.


St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church

This church is a catholic church in Hirado, Nagasaki. Hirado is a place where Francis Xavier visited

3 times in Japan to spread Christianity, and even during the Kinkyo Ordinance of the Edo Period

that prohibited religions, Christianity was very widespread. For that reason when the ordinance was

lifted this church was constructed, and the image of Francis Xavier was put on the side.


Dutch Trading Post

Set up in Hirado in 1609 as the base of operations of the Dutch East India Company in Japan. The

building seen today is a warehouse which was originally constructed here in 1639 as part of the

trading post, but torn down just three years later after the Dutch had been relocated to Dejima Island

in the port of Nagasaki.


Day 6  Hirado



Depart Hotel

Exploring Hirado

 Hirado Castle   → Nakae no Shima  → Kasuga Village

Transfer to Fukuoka

Arrive at Hotel in Fukuoka



Where to visit


Hirado Castle

Stands on a hill guarding Hirado Port and the Hirado Strait, which used to be part of an important

trade route between Japan and the Asian mainland. The original fortress was built in 1599 by the

local Matsura Lord; however, he destroyed the structure after fighting the Tokugawa on the losing

side of the Battle of Sekigahara as a gesture of loyalty to the victor. The Matsura Clan continued

ruling Hirado for the next two and a half centuries.


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.


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We offers various types of customized private tours and trips exclusively for you.

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Our Study tour is being offered for Schools, Universities, companies and

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Fukuoka and Kyushu are Paradises of Golf. Kyushu has about 250 golf

courses and you can play golf comfortably throughout the year because

it is warmer than other areas in Japan.

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Takeo and Ureshino travel guide



Takeo Onsen resort

Takeo has 1200 years history and is located in the western part of Saga-prefecture.

The hot spring temperature is 18 to 52 degrees. Spring quality is smooth with alkaline simple

hot spring.  It is said that the color is colorless and transparent and has an outstanding effect

on recovery from fatigue.



Romon Gate

The landmark of Takeo Onsen. Romon Gate, which was designed by a renowned architect in

the Meiji Era, Kingo Tatsuno, and is at the entrance of the Onsen area.



Mifuneyama-rakuen Garden

Beautiful Japanese Garden, located in the southwestern foot of Mifuneyama, construction of the

garden took about 3 years and completed in 1845, the area is about 5ha. The dynamic cliffs of

Mifuneyama Mountain can be seen from the garden.



Great Camphor tree at Takeo Shrine

One of the oldest Camphor tree in Japan. The tree is one of the largest in Japan and over 3,000 years

old. Designated a natural monument of the city. It is 30 m high, has a circumference of 20 m, and its

branches extend 30 m east-west and 33 m north-south.


Ureshino Onsen Resort

Ureshino Onsen is a hot spring town in southwestern Saga Prefecture. Its clear onsen waters

are high in sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride and feel extremely smooth on skin, giving

rise to its popularity as a “Bihada no Yu” ( beautiful skin waters).


Ureshono tea, local speciality

Ureshino is famous for its tea. Terraces of tea fields sprawling out one after the next is a scene

typical of Ureshino. Proper cultivation of Ureshino Tea was begun between 1648 and 1651 by

tea grower, Jinbei Yoshimura, who is even sung about in the local folk songs. Tea seeds were

gathered from Mount Sefuri and planted in the mountainous region of Ureshino Onsen, ideal

as a tea growing area.



Ochacha Mura Villaege

Visitors get to taste test green teas and products, see and tour the warehouse factory where green

tea is cultivated and packaged, and leave with a better understanding of the ever-so-popular tea.

You can even experience the process of picking young green leaves for cultivation.


 Location of Takeo




General information  

Address City hall : 12-30 Oaza-showa, Takeo-cho, Takeo-city, Saga-prefecture

25 minutes by a vehicle from Arita

50 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

Population 48,000   Population density 250


Contact us

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

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,

please ring our office a call in English    Tel : +81-93-521-8897



Tour results

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

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