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.
・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
Depart Fukuoka-city and transfer to Nasgasaki-city
Sotome area → Martyrdom of 26 Saints of Japan → Oura Cathedral → Glover Garden → Mt. Inasa
Stay at Nagasaki
Peace Park → Ground Zero → Urakami Cathedral
Transfer to Unzen
Nita Pass → Unzen Jigoku
Stay at Unzen
Transfer to Minami Shimabara
Harajo Castle ruins ; Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion
Transfer to Fukuoka-city
Arriva at Fuuoka-city
Where to visit
The mission base of de Rotz, who dedicated himself to assisting the needy
When he discovered the underground Christians, Petitjean realized that there were many other
Christians hiding in the Sotome region.
demonstrated their spiritual unity despite differences in races, ages and professions.
It was built in 1865 under the supervision of the French priest Bernard Petitjean.
On March 17, 1865, a group of peasants from Urakami came to the church and professed their faith to
Father Petitjean, thus revealing that Christianity had survived through the centuries of persecution.
The white marble statue of the Holy Mother at the entrance was built in commemoration of
the dramatic discovery of the “Hidden Christians.
One of Nagasaki’s popular tourist attractions. The garden takes its name from Thomas Glover
(1838 to 1911), 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.
The Park was established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was dropped
at 11:02 am on Aug. 09, 1945.
Part of the concrete wall of the Nagasaki prison, which was located here prior to the bombing,
can still be seen. At the park’s north end is the 10-metre-tall Peace Statue.
Disastrous War must not be repeated. 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.
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.
Jigoku, 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.
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.
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.
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