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Nagasaki Pilgrimage 3 days tour

Where to visit : Pilgrimage sites in Sotome, Nagasaki-city, Shimabara and Unzen

Christian history in Japan was started when St. Francis Xavier came to Japan as a first Christian

missionary in 1549. Then Christianity was spread in Nagasaki region. However, unparalleled

hidden Cristian history was started from when Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shogunate proclaimed Christian

ban in 1587. During ban on Christianity, people secretly continued to faith while surviving in the

midst of the conventional society and Japanese religions.

Since ban on the Christianity was lifted in 1873, new Christian history in Japan has begun.

 


 

Overall itinerary

Day 1 : depart Fukuoka  → Sotome & Nagasaki, stay Nagasaki

Day 2 : Nagasaki & Unzen, stay Unzen

Day 3 : Shimabara, stay Fukuoka

 


 

 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.

 


 

 Itinerary  

 

Day 1   Sotome & Nagasaki

 

Depart  Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Nagasaki-city

Sotome Pilgrimage sites

  Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki

Shitsu Church

  On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz

  established a church at his own expense

Former Shitsu Aid Center

  I want to save people in the Sotome from poor life. Former Shitsu Aid Centeris indispensable

  in talking about the history and culture of the region

Endo Shusaku Literary Museum 

  The peaceful Sotome, the setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf  or China Town

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan       

  The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan were a group of Catholics who were executed by

  crucifixion 

Oura Cathedral  

  The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan

Glover Garden 

  Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine Western style

  buildings including the Glover’s Residence

Mount Inasa

  Enjoy the magnificent views of Nagasaki 

Stay at Nagasakicity

 


 

Where to visit  

 

Sotome Pilgrimage site / 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

On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz established

a church at his own expense 1882. The building was extended and renovated again and again.

A statue of Mary that he ordered from France is standing in the bell tower.


 

Former Shitsu Aid Center        

I want to save people in the Sotome from poor life.  Former Shitsu Aid Centeris indispensable in

talking about the history and culture of the region.


 

Endo Shusaku Literary Museum         

The setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence. Sotome is blessed with a unique history and

culture of Christianity. In particular, the area in which the Endo Shusaku Literary Museum

stands is known as the site of a Christian village, one of Endo’s most notable work, Silence.

 

 

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.


 

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.

 

 

Lunch at Nagaaski Wharf or China Town

 

Nagaaski Wharf  

Elegant international & domestic tourist harbour. Made up of around 20 unique shops and

restaurants lined up at the water front, offering various choices such Japanese, Western,

and Italian cuisine, to beauty salons, outdoor shops and more.


 

China Town

Nagasaki China town at shinchi is one of the big three china town in Japan. There are about 50

Chinese restaurants and many Chinese sundries shops in there.

   


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

Stay

Nagasaki

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.

 


 

Dinner at Nagasaki-city

 

Local restaurants

 

 

Sushi restaurant


 

Beef restaurant

 

 
Day 2  Nagasaki & Unzen
 
Itinerary

Visiting  Peace Park  

Atomic Bomb Museum   

  Exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by Atomic Bomb

Ground Zero 

  The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument

Peace Fountain

  Reminds us of the tragic scene unfolded shortly after dropped the Atomic Bomb

Peace Statue 

  The Peace Statue was completed ten years after the atomic bombing for World Peace

Transfer to Unzen

Nita Pass 

  One of the best scenic spot in Unzen. At any time of the year the natural scenery

  is magnificent

Unzen Jigoku

  The Pilgrimage site, the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of

  sulfur emitted from the springs

Stay at Unzen

 


 

Option

The Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama

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

   source temperature of 105 degree Celsius

 


 
Where to visit  
 

Established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was droppedat 11:02 am

on Aug. 09, 1945. Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue on August 9 every

yearand 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.


 

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. 


 

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. The raised arm points to the

threat of nuclear weapons and the out-stretched arm symbolizes peace.


 

Lunch at Obama Onsen

 

Obama Chanpon 

It is a local cuisine in Obama Onsen resort, made of noodles, seafood, and vegetables. The feature

of the restaurant in Obama Onsen serving everything from any Japanese style including Susi and

Chanpon. Shrimp are found in abundance along the beaches near the Onsen, and a special soup

is made from them.

 

 

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.


 

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.


 

Option

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.


 

Local specialities, Souvenir shop

 

 

Stay

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.


 

Day 3   Shimabara

 

Itinerary

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins

  Christian Pilgrimage site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Shimabara Castle

  Built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was regarded as a master

  of castle building

Lunch at Shimabara, local cuisine Guzoni

  Guzouni is a local cuisine created in the 17th century during Shimabara Rebellion

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at  Fukuoka-city

 

Option

Hinoe Castle Ruins

   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.

 


 

Where to visit  

 

Harajo Castle ruins

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

Sites in the Nagasaki RegionThe battle field of Shimabara Rebellion which was a peasant

uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.  


 

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.


 

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.


 

Lunch at Shimabara

 

local delicacy food, Guzoni

Guzoni is said to created during the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637.  When Cristians were fought

under the leader ship of Amakusa Shiro, they brought various ingredients such as rice cake, fishes

and vegetables, and made a stew.   This is the origin of Guzoni.


 

Option

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.


 

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