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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.



 Location of Nagasaki-prefecture





Tour conditions


The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Accommodations is selected as per your required grade, room conditions and budget

    and the location is considered sightseeing, dinner and nightlife as well.

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.



Where to visit  


Day 1   Sotome & Nagasaki




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



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



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 





Most Hotels are located close to the main street and walking distance from Nagasaki

tram stations. And you can find many restaurants around the Hotels.




 JR Nagasaki Station


 Main street of Nagasaki


 Nagasaki tram

Day 2  Nagasaki & Unzen

Transfer to Unzen

Visit Nita Pass  → Unzen Jigoku

Stay at Unzen


Option : the following site can be arranged as a option

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama



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 



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




The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

Called “Hot foot 105  The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring

source temperature of 105 degree Celsius.



“ Hot foot 105 ” is the Japan’s

longest foot bath, 105 meter 


Hot spring source temperature

of 105 degree Celsius


Obama Onsen Resort, located

at the mountain foot of  Unzen 




Unzen Onsen Resort

There are 17 Hotels and Japanese style inns around Unzen Jigoku.

From every hotel,  beautiful scenery which changes by season can be enjoyed.



 Bus Center in Unzen Onsen



 Many hotels arelocated around

 Unzen Jigoku



Each season brings a vivid

change to the appearance 

the face of Unzen


Day 3   Shimabara




Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins ;  Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Shimabara Castle

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at  Fukuoka-city


Option : the following site can be arranged as a option

Hinoe Castle Ruins



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



Battle field of Shimabara



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




Hinoe Castle Ruins         

During the period of the Southern and Northern Courts (1337-92), the Arima family ruling the

Shimabara Peninsula constructed a castle named Hinoe-jo.

The 14th lord, Harunobu (1567-1612) was a Christian daimyo and refurbished his castle into

a large scale which had gardens, a tea arbor and many rooms.



 Entrance of the Castle


 The castle made by Christian

 Daimyo, Arima Hironobu


  Remain stone walls around

  the site of the front gate


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