Harajo Castle Ruins
Site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion
Harajo Castle Ruins is UNESCO World Heritage site
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
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
Location of Shimabara
|Address||Minamiarima-cho, Minami-Shimabara-city, Nagasaki-prefecture|
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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