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Nagasaki Hidden Christian History tour


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.

This tour introduce the history of Hidden Christian in Nagasaki Region while taking the World Heritages

and related sites of Nagasaki-city, Shimabara and Unzen.



Tour condition

・Start and end place of the tour : Fukuoka-city

・Places to be visited : Nagasakicity, Shimabara and Unzen

・Duration : 2 nights and 3 days

・Transportation : Chartered vehicle

・English speaking guide





Day 1

Depart Fukuoka-city and transfer to Nasgasaki-city

Sotome area → Martyrdom of 26 Saints of JapanOura Cathedral → Glover Garden → Mt. Inasa

Stay at Nagasaki


Day 2

Peace Park → Ground Zero  → Urakami Cathedral

Transfer to Unzen

Nita Pass → Unzen Jigoku

Stay at Unzen


Day 3

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins ;  Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Shimabara Castle

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at Fuuoka-city



 Where to visit  


 Day 1  


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


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 

 Day 2  

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 monument               


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


 Day 3  


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



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