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Study tours to Kyushu

  • Nagasaki / UNESCO Industrial Revolution One-day tour

Japan KYHUSHU Tourist offer the Study tours in Kitakyushu and Nagasaki. The themes of

study are Environment, Solid Waste management, Industry, Christianity in Japan, World

Peace, Science, Geography, Architecture as well as Economy.

 

We are providing the Study tours for Schools, Universities, companies and any other groups.

Furthermore, we are also providing the excursion tours for the customers of International

conferences and company visit. Our Study tour is a package including the planning,

arrangement of visiting places, tour conductor and interpreter, transportation and accommodations.

    


 

What to learn

We are offering various type of study tour utilizimg the following learning resources, environment

requirement of learning.

 

Solid waste management & Recycling  / Kitakyushu-city

Kitakyushu-city is the advanced city of solid waste management in Japan. Comprehensive solid

waste management syetem can be learned from waste collecing procedure at household to the

final stage of waste treatment such as incineration, landfill and recycling

 Eco Town Center

 

  Waste paper recycling

  Melting Furnace


 

Low Carbon Society / Kitakyushu-city

The city is promoting the low carbon society in Asia while taking leadership as the Environmental 

Future City.  The new generation technologies and the activities cooperated with Citizen to achieve

low carbon society can be learned.

 

Wind Power Generation

 

 Zero Emission Transportation

 System

 Solar Power Generation


 

Industrial modernization & KAIZEN strategy / Kitakyushu-city

Japanese industry at the end of 19th century was 200 years behind. Since Japan’s modern Steel 

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

industrialized country in only 100 years. There is the KAIZEN  strategy in the background to Japan

becoming an industrialrzed country at a rapid speed.

 Nippon Steel

 TOYOTA Motor Kyushu

 Yaskawa Electric


 

Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revokution / Kitakyushu-city and Nagasaki

Steel Industry Heritages in Kitakyushu-city and Ship building and Coal Industry Heritagesin Nagasaki ;

those Heritages show the history of Japan’s Industrial modernization.

Kitakyushu

one-day tour

Nagasaki

one-day tour

Japan’s Industrial

modernization tour         

The birth place of Steel Industry

in Japan and contributed to the development of the Japanese industry modernization

The origin of Japan’s

modernization. Nagasaki

contributed for Shipbuilding

and Coal Mining

To learn how Japan has become the world’s most industrialized

country in the short period


 

Christian Pilgrimage sites Nagasaki Region

The 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.

One-day tour

3 days tour

 6 days tour

 

To show how Christians have

been continued their faith since

26 martyrs were crucified in

Nagasaki in 1597

 

To visit Nagasaki, Shimabara

and Unzen. Shimabara was the

Battle field of Shimabara

Rebellion

 

 To visit Sotome, Nagasaki

 Unzen, Shimabara, Amakusa

 Kumamoto and Hirado


 

World peace learning / Nagasaki

Disastrous War must not be repeated. The Atomic bomb exploded in Nagasaki at 11:02 a.m. 

on August 9, 1945. Let us swear World Peace in Nagasaki.

  Peace Statue

 

 Ground Zero 

  Atomic Bomb Museum


 

STEM Education field  / Kitakyushu-city and Fukuoka-city 

There are a lot of Museums and facilities where Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

can be learned.

 Environmental Museum

 

 Kitakyushu Manga Museum

 and Aru Aru City

 Kitakyushu Innovation

 Gallery Studio


 

Architecture and construction design / Kitakyushu-city and Fukuoka

There are a lot of unique construction designed by renowned architects and civil engineers

that were constructed beginning of Japan’s Industrial modernizationThe design philosophy

of designers focused on the future can be learned.

  West Japan Industrial

  Club

 

  Minami Kawachi-bashi

  bridge

  Kawachi Reservoir


 

Geography   /  Kitakyushu-city

Geography is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitantsand

phenomena of Earth. Kitakyushu has unique geographical features, therefore Earth and its

human and natural complexities and also how they have changed and come to be can be learned.

  Hiraodai Limestone Caves 

  Sone Tideland

  Hiraodai karst plateau 


 

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

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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

 

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

 


 

 


 

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Nagasaki travel guide

  • Nagasaki travel guide

The city in harmony with foreign countries cultures

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)National isolation 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) Christian Pilgrimage sites

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

    on Christianity from 1587 to 1859.There are many Christian Pilgrimage site and

    Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki region is registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2018.

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 and is Japan’s oldest wooden Western–style building

registered on the UNESCO World Heritage. The elegant scenery of Nagasaki harbor view from

Glover Garden can be enjoyed. 

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.

 

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.

 Atomic Bomb Museum

 

Exhibits a number of photograph 

 

Paper folded cranes wishing

for World 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. 

The time, Atomic bomb was

exploded

Atomic bomb exploded over 

the central monument

Ruin of destroyed Urakami

Cathedral


 

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 who born in

Minami-Shimabara-city, Nagasaki-prefecture in 1884. The raised arm points to the threat of

nuclear weapons and the out-stretched arm symbolizes peace.

Visiting from all over Japan and

the World

Wishing for eternal World peace

from Nagasaki

Peace Fountain, reminds the

tragic scene after the Bomb


 

Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution UNESCO World Heritages sites  

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. 

    Glover House

 Hashima island /

 Gunkan-jima island 

   Giant Cantilever Crane

 


 

Christian Pilgrimage sites in Nagasaki

 

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.

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     

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.

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 visited Nagasaki

 in 2019

 The 26 Martyrs Museum


 

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

     Former Shitsu Aid Centre

        The statue of Mary

 


 

Featured destinations

 

Mount Inasa

 

World’s three great night veiw 

can be seen from the summit        

Megane-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

 


 

Location of Nagasaki-city

  

 


 

General information

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

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

2 hours by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

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

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

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

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

 

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

Transportation

Tram : Convenient transportation system for sightseeing in Nagasaki-city

Almost all the tourist attractions are located within walking distance

from tram station

Population 418,000   Population density 1,030

 

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Kagoshima travel guide

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Kagoshima is the southernmost prefecture in Kyushu which can see Sakura-jima which raises

the smoke across the Kagoshima Bay. Kagoshima prospered in the Edo period as a castle

town, and is a hometown of Takamori Saigo who contributed to the Meiji Restoration

 


 

Where to explore


Sengan-en
/ UNESCO World Heritage

Sengan-en is the most famous garden in Kagoshima-prefecture, made by Shimazu lord in the 19th

century at the beautiful bayside Kinko bay. The garden contains many historic artifacts that tell of

its long history.

          Mount Sakurajima

     Shimazu family residence

            Suzumon gate


 

Shoko Shuseikan Modern Industrial Complex   / UNESCO World Heritage

The museum of the Classics located here exhibits a various of objests related to the Shimazu

family and the Satsuma domain, introducing a Shimazu family tree chart and many other

belongings. The stone buiding which houses the collection has been desighnated on the

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

        Shoko Shuseikan

     Reflectaance furnace

  Base of Reflectaance furnace


 

Shiroyama Park

The park is most famous for its Shiroyama Observatory with spectacular views over downtown

Kagoshima, Kagoshima Bay and Sakura-jima.

       Shiroyama Park

       Stand at the Observatory

        View from the top


 

Sakura-jima Island

An active strato volcano with three peaks, Kita-dake, Naka-dake and still active Minami-dake.

Formerly an island, it became connected with the Osumi Peninsula in 1914 when lava from its

summit closed the channel between the two.

 

  View from Yoshino Park  

 

  Yunohira Observatory

   Arimura Lava Observatory        


 

Sakura-jima Ferry

The Ferry connects Kagoshima-city and Sakurajima in 15 minutes and is operated for 24 hours.

          Kagoshima Port

           To Sakura-jima Island

       Sakura-jima Port


 

Cape Sata

The southernmost Cape of main land Japan at 31′ 00″ latitude. Cape Sata is home to many sub-tropical

flowers. Visitors may board a semi-submersible glass bottomed boat called the “Sata Day Go” to enjoy

coral reefs marine creatures and the underwater world.


 

 Location of Kagoshima

  

 


 

General information  

Address City hall  : 11-1 Yamashita-cho, Kagoshima-city, Kagoshima-prefecture
Access

3 hours and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

1 hours and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Hitoyoshi-city

 

90 minutes by a Shinkansen from Hakata to Kagoshima-chuo

60 minutes by a Shinkansen from Hakata to Kagoshima-chuo

Population 596,000   Population density 1,090 / km2

 

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Glover Garden

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Glover Garden is 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 Wlorld 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


 

Glover’s 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.

 

Inside of the residence


 

Nagasaki harbor view from Glover Garden

  Venus Bridge

  Mitsubishi Heavey Industries,

 repair dock

 Giant Cantilever Crane,

 World Heritage


 

Golver Residence is generally believed to have been the scene of Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly.

Inside the park is the life-size statue of the famous opera singer, Tamaki Miura, who received

international acclaim for her performance as Cho-Cho-san in Madam Butterfly.


 

Location of Nagasaki-city

  

 


 

General information  

Address 8-1 Minamiyamate-machi, Nagasaki-city
Access

10 minutes walk from Oura tensyudo-mae tram station

through in front of Oura Cathedral

Open hours 8:00 to 18:00, until 21:00 in summer time and peak season
Admission fee JPY 610
Days closed No closing days

 

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Gunkan-jima island cruise

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The cruise ship take you exploring Tachibana bay from Nagasaki port and landing on Hashima

island. Now Hashima is a ruins called “Gunkanjima”, so called after its resemblance to the

silhouette.  Hashima Island is located 3 km southwest of Takashima, and it was the success of

Takashima that led Mitsubishi to purchase this island, both islands giving access to the same

undersea coal deposit.


 


 

Hashima coal mining island is an artificial reclaimed island and the site of Japan’s first major

undersea coal exploitation pioneered by Mitsubishi – and host to one of the world’s most

extraordinary former mining communities


 


 


 

General information  

Address Hashima Takashima, Nagasaki-city
Access

about 40 by a ferry from Nagasaki port


 

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

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Oura Cathedral

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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.

For this reason, the church faces Nishizaka hill. 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

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


 
Pope John Paul II visited here in 1981, and Saint Teresa of Calcutta commonly known as
Mother Teresa visited in 1982.
 

 

 Location of Nagasaki-city

  

 


 

 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.

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

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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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UNESCO / Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution

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

an important part in the industrialization of Japan in the Bakumatsu during National

isolation period and Meiji periods, and are part of the industrial heritage of Japan.

The UNESCO World Heritages consist of eight areas with thirty component sites located

throughout Japan from Northern part Tohoku to Kyushu.

 

Kyushu has 5 areas with 16 sites as follows;

Kitakyushu : 4 sites for Iron and Steel

Miike (Omuta, Arao and Misumi)  : 3 sites for Coal Mining

Saga : 1 site for Shipbuilding

Nagasaki : 5 sites for Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

Kagoshima : 3 sites for Iron and Steel

 


 

Kitakyushu  

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

Industry. The buildings of The Imperial Steel Works, Japan at Yawata Works NSSMC are the

surviving components of Asia’s first successful integrated iron and steel works: the State-run

Imperial Steel Works opened in 1901. It is located in the northernmost part of Fukuoka Prefecture,

the north end of Kyushu, 8 km south of Hibiki-Nada Seashore close to the continent of China.

Their present-day setting is still a working industrial landscape set in the southeastern section of

NIPPON STEEL Yawata Works which, for over a century, has consistently maintained a leading

role in the Japanese steel industry. Now, NIPPON STEEL is one of the world leading steel

manufacturers.


 

Miike  

Miike Coal Mine, Railway and Port forms a Western-style linear coal mining landscape located

in the southernmost part of Fukuoka Prefecture and the northernmost part of Kumamoto Prefecture,

bordering the Ariake Sea to the west. The mines are situated in the relatively flat and low-lying area,

to the south of Omuta City and the north of Arao City which developed as industrial cities centred on

Miike Mine. Miike Coal Mine and transport infrastructure sites are physically linked and comprise.


 

Saga  

The former (1858-71) ship repair and shipbuilding yard at Mietsu is one of Japan’s pioneer

Westernstyle maritime facilities. Most of the site is located in the present-day Riverside Park,

Hayatsue, Kawasoe-machi, on the southern outskirts of Saga City, Saga Prefecture. The site,

much of it a buried structure, lies on the western bank of a 90° meander in the Hayatsue River,

a tributary channel of the Chikugo River near its mouth, just over 6 km north of the northern

shore of the Ariake Sea. Mietsu had been a mooring facility, with warehouses, since at least

the latter half of the eighteenth century and the Ofunate-Keikosho was expanded as a training

facility for operating Western style ships in 1858.


 

Nagasaki   

The natural harbour and commercial city at the mouth of the Urakami River already had a long

history of interaction with Europe, China and Southeast Asia. Throughout the Japanese isolation

period (1639-1854) Dutch traders were the principal foreign power permitted to remain in Japan,

being confined to the tiny island of Dejima. In 1854, the Tokugawa Shogunate’s response to

Perry’s visit was to build a navy. They lifted the ban on building large ships and established the

Nagasaki Naval Training Institute and Nagasaki Foundry. Following on from the Shogunate’s

foundations, Mitsubishi’s shipyard turned out many of Japan’s greatest vessels. The company

also pioneered its undersea coal mines, the first to be developed with Western technology,

and which supported the global naval and commercial network of steamships operating in

East Asia and the Pacific.


 

Kagoshima

The site is located on the western side of Kagoshima (Kinko) Bay, formed from the collapsed Aira

volcanic caldera and dominated by the active Sakurajima stratovolcano, and is backed by sheer

and wooded cliff faces traversed by narrow valleys. Shuseikan is a National Historic Site. Sengan-en,

the location and setting for the Shuseikan complex, was a garden created by the 19th Lord Mitsuhisa

Shimazu in 1658.


 

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Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival

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One of the most exciting summer festival in Japan. takes place from July 1 to 15 and is

held at Kushida-jinja Shrine in Hakata. There are two kinds of festival floats called Yamakasa.


 

One is Kazari-yamakasa with 15 meters high, a gorgeously decorated festival float which is decked

with elaborate dolls and castles. The other is Kakiyamakasa with 6 meters high, a simply decorated

festival float which is made for carrying on the shoulders and used in the Oiyama race.

The festival features the exciting race called Oiyama climaxing on July 15.

Teams of men clad in short happi-coats and loincloths dash down the city street at full

speed carrying their own one-ton Kakiyamakasa on their shoulders along a 5-kilometer course.

A spectacle that must be seen to be believed.

 


 

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Industrial Heritages in Kitakyushu

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Kitakyushu-city  is the industrial innovation city where a lot of Japan’s Industries were born

and Japan’s industrial modernization has been achieved. The city presents various Industrial

Heritages including UNESCO World Herigate of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.

 


 

First Head Office of the Steel Works   UNESCO World Heritage

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


 

Onga River Pump Station, UNESCO World Heritage

Built in 1910 on the east bank of the Onga River. It served, and still serves, to deliver industrial

water to Yawata via an 11.4 km pipeline. This supply is integral to the steel production process

and was necessary to cope with the 1st phase expansion of the Imperial Steel Works.

 Onga River

 Onga River Pump Station

 Water piping to the Steel Works


 

Kawachi Reservoir 

The first-class civil construction heritage that triggered the registration of World Cultural Heritage of

Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution.Th e Kawachi Reservoir was constructed for the industrial water

supply to Yawata Steel Works


 

Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge

The only remaining lenticular truss bridge in Japan or lens type truss bridge, located at the south
side of Kawachi Reservoir and it was designed by Hisanori Numata.  This shape and colour really
harmonize with nature and become a symbol of the Iron town Yahata.

 

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

The Blast Furnace used to make the pig iron and was where Japan’s steel industry began in 1901.

It contributed greatly to the development of the Japanese steel industry and was used until 1972,

and has been preserved just as it was.

Indication of the year of Steel

Works operation commencement

Proper of Blast furnace, Hot

Stoves and Stack

Cast house floor, the pig iron

is being discharged


 

Dedicated railway for Yawata Steel Works 

Connected between Yawata and Tobata.  Construction work took three years, and completed in

1930. The most difficult and hard work was making Miyatayama tunnel with a total length of 1180m

due to suffering from floods. The gates of the Miyatayama tunnel are decorated with stately designs.

The rail way crossing the road

Miyatayama tunnel Yahata side

Miyatayama tunnel Tobata side


 

The western-style building of Art Deco style architecture which was completed in 1927, and opened
as an employee club of the then-owned Yawata Steel Works. The Hall building received the
Kitakyushu City Architectural Culture Award in 1989. 

 


 

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