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Kyushu Travel Guide

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

 

 

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

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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 

 


 

Harajo Castle Ruins

 

Site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

 

Harajo Castle Ruins is UNESCO World Heritage site

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

 

The site is located in Minami-arima in Minami-Shimabara-city and 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.

 

It was founded by Arima Takazumi in 1496 and was a flat castle with a fortress naturally created

both by the cliff facing Ariake Sea and the tide coming in. This Castle was abandoned since

Matsudaira. 

 

Shigemasa, the load of Shimabara, built Shimabara Castle after the rupture of Arima family ties. 
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. 

 

It is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage as Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region 

in 2018.

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Minamiarima-cho, Minami-Shimabara-city, Nagasaki-prefecture
Access

50 minutes by a vehicle from Shimabara-city

50 minutes by a vehicle from Unzen-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city


 
 

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 

 


 

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

 

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region 

has been registered on  UNESCO World Heritage in 2018

 

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 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.

 

Amakusa is the birthplace of Amakusa Shiro who was the leader of Shimabara

Rebellion occurred in Shimabara in 1637.

And there are two World Heritage sites in AmakusaOe Cathedral and Sakitsu Village.

 

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

propagated to Japan, by visiting Hidden Christian sites in Amakusa in Kumamoto-prefecture.

 


 

 

Tour condition

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

・Places to be visited :  AmakusaKumamoto-prefecture

・Duration : 1 nights and 2 days

・Transportation : Chartered vehicle

 


 

 Itinerary  

 

Day 1

8:00 Depart   Fukuoka-city

Transfer to  Amakusa via Kumamoto ( 3 hours )

Travel Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line

Visit Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites : Oe Cathedral , Sakitsu Village

Stay at Amakusa

 

Day 2

Exploring Amakusa

 Tomioka Castle Ruins , Matushima area

Amakusa Cruise

Transfer to  Fukuoka-city

17:00 Arrive at Fukuoka-city

 


 

 Where to Explore

 

 Day 1  

 

Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line

Amakusa Gokyo or Amakusa five bridges, is a general term for five bridges which connects from

Misumi at the Udo peninsula to the Oyano island, the Nagaura island, Ikejima, Maejima, and

Amakusa Kamishima, was built in 1966. The area on the National road route 266 called as the Pearl Line.

 

First Bridge

  

Second Bridge

        

Fourth Bridge 


 

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.

 


 

Oe Cathedral / UNESCO World Heritage

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.

 

 


 

 Day 2  

 

Tomioka Castle Ruins

Tomioka Castle was built in 1602, one year after Terasawa Shimanokami hirotaka came to Amakusa.

Although Amakusa ruled by proxy for Terasawa from Tomioka Castle, he revelled with his army in

the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637. After the rebellion, Yamasaki Kainokami Ieharu ruled from the castle,

and which was restored and enlarged to its present form. 

 


 

Amakusa Cruise

Connecting the islands of Amakusa with the inland of Kumamoto via the Uto Peninsula are

Amakusa Gokyo or Amakusa Five Bridge. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Amakusa

from the sea on a cruise.

 


 

Exploring featured sites

Sengan moutain Observatory

Ariage Octopus Street

Oppai Stone or breast stone


 

 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

 


 

 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

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 

 


 

UNESCO World Heritages in Kyushu

 

We have four UNESCO World Heritages in Kyushu.

Those sites are located all over Kyushu.

 

 Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution   registered in 2015

 

Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan   registered in 2016

 

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site

   in the Munakata region     registered in 2017

 

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region   registered in 2018

 


 

 Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution 

 

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.

Location of the site

Kitakyushu, Nakama, Saga, Omuta, Arao, Misumi, Nagasaki, Kagoshima


 

 Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan  

 

In cities and towns throughout Japan, float festivals are held by communities annually to pray

to the gods for peace and protection from natural disasters.

Location of the site

Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Hita, Karatsu, Yatsushiro


 

 The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata  

 

The island of Okinoshima is located sougonnni in the ocean between Japan and Korea, 

As even landing on the island has been prohibited, the strict taboos have preserved archaeological

ritural sites on the island almost intact over a millennium.In three shrines of Munakata Taisha, located

in the islands of Okinshima, Oshima and Kyushu.  From Okitsu-miya Yohaisho on Oshima, we can

worship Okinoshima from afar. And Shimbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tomb Group is the evidence of people

who nurtured the tradition of worshipping the sacred island.

Location of the sites

Munakata, Fukutsu, Oshima

 


 

 Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region  

 

Hidden Christian Site 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 the sites

Nagasaki, Shimabara, Amakusa


 

 

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 

 


 

UNESCO Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

 

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 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   / Nagasaki-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


 

 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  / UNESCO World Heritage

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.

 


 

 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 

 


 

Study tours & field trips to Kyushu

 

We offer a various themes of Study tours in Kitakyushu-city including Fukuoka-city

and in Nagasaki-city

 

 Reasons of Kitakyushu-city   

 

1. Industrial and Environmental features

Japanese industry at the end of 19th century was 200years behind. After Mathew C Perry came

to Japan in 1853, Japan’s industrial Revolution was started. Since Japan’s modern Steel Industry

operation commenced In 1901 in Kitakyushu, Japan became the world’s leading industrialized

country in only 100 years

・Birthplace of Japanese modern steel industry

・Various Industries in Japan were born here follow the Steel industry

・Many Environmental tecnologies have been developed after experienced serious environmental

    pollution problem

・Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society established in 2010

    for promoting carbon reduction in Asia

Selected the Environmental Future City and the Model City for Green Growth in Asia

    by OECD in 2011

・The city has been awarded the special prize of the Japan SDGs (Sustainable Development

    Goals ) awards in 2017

・World leading Solid Waste and Recycling Management

・Providing Water treatment technologies and know-how to the World

 

2. Geographical features

The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature and have One National Park

(Seto Inland Sea) and two Quasi-National Parks (Genkai and Kitakyushu).

Those Nature offer the Geographical and Science educational study.

 

3 Economical and Political features

・Cabinet designated city with 940,000 population

・Japan’s most advanced Active Aging city

 

 Reasons of Nagasaki-city   

 

Only the trading port open gateway to Europe during Japan’s self-imposed isolation of Edo period

・Hidden Christian site, the Christian faith continued even during the ban on Christianity 

・Greatly contributed Japan’s Industrial developement for Ship building and Coal mining Industies

The Atomic Bomb was dropped in1945, and the Mayor of Nagasaki makes the “Nagasaki peace

    declaration” for the whole world on August 9 every year.

 

 


 

 What to learn  

 

We offer a various themes of Study tours, by providing the following Resources, Natures,

Humman’s history and other required things including lectures.

 

 Industry, Environment, Recycling & Waste treatment   Kitakyushu-city

 

Study tour to Kitakyushu 

 

Kitakyushu-city offers a various Resources Study tours for Industry,  Environment,

Recycling & Waste tratment, as well as well organized proper management systems.

We can arrange the Customized Study tour in accordance with your requirement  

by the use of Study tour resources in Kitakyushu.

 

 


 
 STEM Education field    Kitakyushu-city and Fukuoka-city

 

Kyushu provide a various Educational fields for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering

and Mathematics) as well as Japanese Culture, World peace and History of Christianity

 

Science

 

 

Learn Science, Environment,

Nature, Industry, various history

Geography

 

 

Field of science devoted to the

study of the lands, features, inhabitants, phenomena of Earth

Architectures

 

 

Various unique architectures

designed by renowned designers


 

UNESCO World Heritages and Industrial Heritages

Kitakyushu-city presents various Industrial Heritages including UNESCO World Herigate of Meiji Japan’s

Industrial Revolution.

 

 


 
 Learning of World peace and Christianity    Nagasaki-city
 

World Peace

learning

 

 

Disastrous War must not be

repeated

 

Hidden Christian Sites

in Nagasaki region

 

 

UNESCO World Heritage sites

Japan’s unique practice of the

Christian faith continued even

during the ban on Christianity

 

 

 

 

 

 
 Our services  
 
We are the specialist for study tour in this field and are the member of Kitakyushu-city Environment
and Health Association.
 
Providing the Study tour plan

The visiting company and places are suggested in accordance with theme of learning.
And the plan and schedule is decided by discussing with Customer.

 Arrangement the tour

・Inspection of the company and technical facility
・Visiting the university and school

Visiting Municilal and Local goverment including Residents’ Association
・Provide the lectures to respond the questions and requirements

・Organize a interpreter

・the accommodation and transportation                                      

 


 

 How to make your customized study tour  

 

1. Enquiry

 The tours we are offering are customized study tour in accordance with your requirements.

  Please tell us what you want to learn and where you want to visit,

  and click the   Enquiry Form   to tell us your requirements.

 

2. Proposal

・Preliminary quotation which is guide line of the tour price as per the Enquiry.

・Basic suggested itinerary including visiting places and facilities will be provided.

 

3. Clarifications

 All the tour conditions are to be clarified including the visiting places and experiences,

 transportation, meals and other excursions, in order to meet your requirements

 and budget.

 

4. Final proposal

 The quotation and itinerary are provided based on the Clarification.

 

5. Make an agreement 

 The agreement for proceeding the customized tour is conducted.

 

6. Enjoy the customized journey 

  All the arrangement are made as per the agreement and operated the study tour

 in accordance with the plan

 

Price of the tour

The price is customized based on travel date, number of participants, hotel choices,

transportations, and other custom preferences.

 


 

 

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 

 


 

We have a lot of experiences to offer a various themes of Study tours.

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Oura Cathedral

 

Basilica of Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

 

Registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage as Hidden Christian site

 

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

1,000 yen admission fee

Japan’s oldest Gothic-style

Cathedral building

Windows of Cathedral building

 

“On March 17, 1865, a group of peasants from Urakami came to the church and professed

their faith to Father Petitjean, thus revealing that Christianity had survived through the 

centuries of persecution.

The white marble statue of the Holy Mother at the entrance was built in commemoration of

the dramatic discovery of the “Hidden Christians.

 

Former Latin Seminario

Nagasaki

Statue of Mary, at entrance of

Cathedral, installed in 1867

Statue of Pope John Paul II,

visited here in 1981

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 5-3 Minamiyamate, Nagasaki-city
Access

10 minutes walk from Oura tensyudo-mae tram station

Open hours 8:00 to 17:45
Admission fee JPY 1,000
Days closed No closing days

 

 

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 

 


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

 

Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki reminds us of the Martyrdom of 26 Japanese Saints.

 
Their long trek to the Cross, verification of their faith in God and their chant for ascension
are well visualized with memorial made by Yasutake Funakoshi.
 

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

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.

 

 


 

 General information  

 

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

 

 

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 

 


 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Region, World Heritage Site

 

Congratulations on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site registration

 

Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith continued even during the ban on Christianity

 

Hidden Christian Site 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.

 


 

Oura Cathedral

It was built in 1865 under the supervision of the French priest Bernard Petitjean.

On March 17, 1865, a group of peasants from Urakami came to the church and professed their faith to

Father Petitjean, thus revealing that Christianity had survived through the centuries of persecution.

 

The white marble statue of the Holy Mother at the entrance was built in commemoration of

the dramatic discovery of the “Hidden Christians.

Access: a 10minited walk from Ouratensyudo-shita tram station

 


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

Their long trek to the Cross, verification of their faith in God and their chant for ascension
are well visualized with memorial made by Yasutake Funakoshi. 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. 
Access: a 10minited walk from JR Nagasaki station

 


 

Sotome area

The mission base of de Rotz, who dedicated himself to assisting the needy

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. On an elevation

commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, he established a church at his own expense.

The building was extended and renovated again and again. A statue of Mary that he ordered

from France is standing in the bell tower.

Access: about One hour from Center of Nagasaki-city by a vehicle  

 


 

Harajo Castle ruins

Harajo Castle ruin is located in Minami-Shimabara-city and 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. 
Access : about two hours from Center of Nagasaki-city by a vehicle  
 

 

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.

This is a striking reminder that Unzen Volcano is still very much alive.

 

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.

Access : about two hours from Center of Nagasaki-city by a vehicle  

 


 

 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