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Harajo Castle Ruins

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The Christian pilgrimage site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as 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.


 

 Location of Shimabara

   

 


 

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


 
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