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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  

 

 


 

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Nita pass

 

Nita pass is one of the best scenic spot in Unzen

 

At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita Pass in Unzen is magnificent.
Azaleas, green leaves, brilliant autumnal tints of maples and silver frost represent 

each season of the year.

 

 Azalea in Spring

 Autumn leaves

 Frost in Winter

The ropeway take you slowly from Nita Pass to Mt. Myoken at a highest of 1300 meters, from the

observation point of Mt. Myoken, you can get a 360 degree panorama view which encompasses

not only the Ariake Sea and Amakusa Island but the smoke the crater Mt.Aso.

 


 

Featured tours related to Unzen

11 days Kyushu tour

8 days Northern Kyushu tour

6 days North-West Kyushu tour

Hidden Christian History tour

 


 

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.

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

These springs are highly valued by Japanese even now as according to Buddhist teaching,

 “If you live in a bad manner, you cannot go to Paradise, but rather, you will fall into the Hell of agony”.

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.

 

 


 

Featured tours related to Unzen

11 days Kyushu tour

8 days Northern Kyushu tour

6 days North-West Kyushu tour

Hidden Christian History tour

 


 

Unzen Onsen Resort

 

Unzen is a Onsen resort located in the Unzen National Park, at the southwest part of Mt. Fugen 

with an altitude of 700m.

It is started receiving foreign tourists around the year 1900 when Kaempfer and Siebold introduced

the city to Europe and China.


 

Characteristics

The hot springs of Unzen is characterized by its sulfurous hot water with high acidity (pH: 2.0 – 2.2),
which is uniquely high comparing to hot springs in Europe where the hot springs treatment is actively 
performed.
The temperature of the hot springs of Unzen is as hot as around 90 Degree Celsius.
Unzen hot springs is known by its component of hot water such as “acid hydrogen sulfide springs”, “aluminiferous springs including hydrogen sulfide” or “ferrous salfate springs” but it is generally called 
“sulfurous hot springs.
 

 

Efficacy

The hot springs of Unzen is highly effective in sterilization because of its acidity.
It takes effect against skin diseases in general such as eczema, chilblain, incisuresand 
other skin related problems.
 
 

 

 

 

It is also noted that the Unzen hot spring is effective to facial treatment as well as effective 
against chronic rheumatism, diabetes, neuralgic pain, muscle pain, joint pain, and fatigue
with health-promoting benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Featured tours related to Unzen

11 days Kyushu tour

8 days Northern Kyushu tour

6 days North-West Kyushu tour

Hidden Christian History tour

 


 

The Japan’s longest foot bath

 

Called “ Hot foot 105” is the Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama Onsen Resort, located at the

mountain foot of Unzen in Shimabara peninsula.



The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring source temperature of

105 degree Celsius.


 

 

 

Unzen

 

Unzen is a beautiful mountain and Onsen resort, and was the first area to be designated

as a National Park in Japan.  Whether you are taking in the stunning  panoramic views 

from top one of the many peaks including Nita-toge Pass or looking up these volcanic 

mountains or Fugen, you will marvel at the spectacular scenery. 

As each season brings a vivid change to the appearance the face of Unzen you may wish 

to return again and again to enjoy the full range of rich variations.

 


 

Welcome to Unzen

Unzen Bus center Onsen Onsen Resort  Entrance of Unzen Onsen Resort

 

Exploring Unzen

Nita pass

 Azaleas in Spring


 Autumn leaves

 Frost in Winter


 

Bideo Museum Bideo Museum Unzen Golf Course

 

                 Location of Unzen

    

Access to Unzen

 

・30 minutes by car from Shimabara

・80 minutes by car from Nagasaki-city

・2 and half hours by car from Fukuoka-city

 

Obama Onsen

 

Obama Onsen is a hot spring resort, established in 713 and located in Obama, Unzen.

It is known for having the hottest and most active springs in Japan, with some of them

reaching 80-100 °C and producing over 15,000 tons of hot water daily.

 


 

 Onsen Resort town Onsen Resort town   Ariake bay
     

 

The Japan’s longest Foot bath The Japan’s longest Foot bath A public bath


 

 

Jigokumushi, Onsen steam cooking Jigokumushi Hot spring

 

 


 

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