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Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites one-day tour


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 Site in Nagasaki-city Shimabara  and  Amakusa regions bear unique testimony

to the tradition of people and their communities who secretly transmittraryed their faith in Christianity

while surviving in the midst of the conventional society and its religions during the time of prohibition.


The tour introduces how Christians have been continued their faith since Christianity was

propagated to Japan, by visiting Hidden Christian sites in Nagasaki-city.



Travelling route 

















Tour conditions

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 4 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

・English, Chinese or Korean speaking guide is accompanied

・Chartered vehicle is utilized such as a taxi or bus as per number of person

    if you use a taxi, a foreign language (English, Chainese or Korean ) speaking driver

    can be arranged.  




8:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Nagasaki-city using Kyushu Expressway and Nagasaki highway, 2hours 

Exlore Unesco World Heritage sites and related sites in  Nagasaki-city

  Sotome area Hidden Christian Site  

  Urakami Cathedral 

  Lunch at Nagaaski Wharf

  Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan     

  Oura Cathedral  

Transfer to Fukuoka-cuty using Nagasaki Expressway and Kyushu Expressway, 2hours 

18:00 Arrive at  Fukuoka-city



Where to visit

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


Urakami Cathedral

Originally constructed in 1895 as a brick Romanesque building, after a long-standing ban on

Christianity was lifted. When completed in 1914, it was the largest Catholic church in East Asia.

The atomic bomb dropped on August 9, 1945 explored in Urakami, only 500m from the

cathedral, which was completely destroyed. What remained of the cathedral is now on display 

in the Atomic Bomb Museum.

A replacement the Cathedral

was built in 1959

Ruins of destroyed Urakami

Cathedral are displayed

Ruins of destroyed Cathedral,

displayed nearby Ground Zero


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.

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


Featured tours  

Hidden Christian sites

・ Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites one-day tour

・ Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 3 days tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour


・ Nagasaki one-day tour

・ Nagasaki / UNESCO Industrial Revolution one-day tour       

・ Shimabara & Unzen 2 days tour

・ Sasebo & Huis Ten Bosch one-day tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour




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