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Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 3 days tour

 

Nagasaki has arduous and sacrifice histories during the ban on Christianity, such as

Shimabara Rebellion and many religious persecutions.

 

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.

 

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.

 


 

 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

 

Itinerary

 

Depart  Fukuoka-city

transfer to Nagasaki-city

Sotome areaMartyrdom of 26 Saints of Japan

Lunch at Nagaaski Wharf  or China Town

Oura 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

Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki is the place of Martyrdom of 26 Japanese Saints.

The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan were a group of Catholics who were executed by
crucifixion on February 5, 1597.Their martyrdom is especially significant in the history
of the Catholic Church in Japan.
In 1950, Pope Pius XII designated this place as an official pilgrimage site for Catholics.
And Saint Teresa of Calcutta commonly known as Mother Teresa visited here in 1982.
 

 

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


 

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

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

Cathedral

 

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

harbour


 

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 


 

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.

 

 

 

 JR Nagasaki Station

 

 Main street of Nagasaki

 

 Nagasaki tram


 
Day 2  Nagasaki & Unzen
 
Itinerary
 

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 

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


 

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.

 

 

“ 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 

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.

 

 

 Bus Center in Unzen Onsen

 Resort

 

 Many hotels arelocated around

 Unzen Jigoku

 

 

Each season brings a vivid

change to the appearance 

the face of Unzen


 

Day 3   Shimabara

 

Itinerary

 

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins ;  Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

Shimabara Castle

Lunch at Shimabara

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

Ruins

 

Battle field of Shimabara

Rebellion

 

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


 

Lunch at Shimabara, local delicacy food, Guzoni

Guzoni are said to date back to the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637 when the leader of the

uprising, Amakusa Shiro Tokisada, held a siege in Hara Castle with about 37,000 followers.
He made the local farmers provide the rebels with rice cake. The rebels gathered other

ingredients from the ocean and the mountains to put in the soup they cooked the rice cake

in, and thus were able to fight for three months sustained by nutritious food.

 


 

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.

 

 

 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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