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Nagasaki Pilgrimage one-day tour

Nagasaki is the Pilgrimage sites of Christianity where Pope John Paul II, Saint Mother Teresa

and Popr Francis officially visited.

The tour introduces the Pilgrimage sites in Nagasaki-city and Sotome.


Japanese Christianity has the unparalleled and 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-cityShimabara  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 the Pilgrimage sites..



Travelling route 


















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

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.





8:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

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

Visiting Pilgrimage sites including UNESCO World Heritage Hidden Christian sites

  Sotome Pildrimage sites  ; Shitsu Church, Endo Shusaku Literary Museum 

Ground Zero

Lunch at Nagaaski Wharf  or China Town

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 Pilgrimage sites  / UNESCO World Heritage  Hidden Christian sites

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

 Endo Shusaku Literary Museum

Kurosaki Church

 Kurosaki district


Ground Zero

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.  

Pope Francis visited Nagasaki on November 24, 2019, and calls for a ‘world without nuclear

weapons’ at the Ground Zero.



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.




Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan     

Nishizaka hill is the most significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan.

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 1637, Lorenzo Luiz from Philippines martyred here at Nishizaka hill.
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 in 1982
and Pope Francis visited here in 2019.


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

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.

 Saint Lorenzo Luiz from Philippines   

 Pope Francis visitedNagasaki

 in 2019

 The 26 Martyrs Museum


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.

For this reason, the church faces Nishizaka hill.



Entrance gate of Oura



Japan’s oldest Gothic-style

Cathedral building


Statue of Mary, at entrance of

Cathedral, installed in 1867


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