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.
Day 1 : depart Fukuoka → Sotome & Nagasaki, stay Nagasaki
Day 2 : Nagasaki & Unzen, stay Unzen
Day 3 : Shimabara, stay Fukuoka
Location of Nagasaki-prefecture
The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.
・Minimum number : 2 person
・Maxum number : 30 person
・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.
Day 1 Sotome & Nagasaki
Transfer to Nagasaki-city
Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki
On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz
established a church at his own expense
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
The peaceful Sotome, the setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence
The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan were a group of Catholics who were executed by
The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan
Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine Western style
buildings including the Glover’s Residence
Enjoy the magnificent views of Nagasaki
Stay at Nagasaki–city
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Visiting Peace Park
Exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by Atomic Bomb
The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument
Reminds us of the tragic scene unfolded shortly after dropped the Atomic Bomb
The Peace Statue was completed ten years after the atomic bombing for World Peace
One of the best scenic spot in Unzen. At any time of the year the natural scenery
The Pilgrimage site, the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of
sulfur emitted from the springs
Stay at Unzen
The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring
source temperature of 105 degree Celsius
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.
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
Transfer to Minami Shimabara
Christian Pilgrimage site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion
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
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
The Christian pilgrimage site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as Hidden Christian
Sites in the Nagasaki Region. 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.
The castle was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who 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 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.
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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