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Shimabara travel guide


Region spreads in the foot of gentle Mount Unzen and facing to Ariale sea

Shimabara is consist of two cities on Shimabara peninsula, Shimabara-city west side of

peninsula and Minami-Shmabara-city south-west side of peninsula.


Located in the foot of Mount Unzen and facing Ariake Sea,  and those geographical conditions

and mild climate create natural scenic beauty in the east and Mount Unzen including Mount Fugen. 

The region offers various enjoyable things such as Nature, Onsen, Castle town of Shimabara-city,

and UNESCO World Heritage Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Region .



Exploring Shimabara  

Shimabara Castle

Located in Shimabara-city and 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”.


Samurai Houses

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

The street lined with stone walls and a spring water canal running down the center

commemorates the old samurai section of Shimabara.

Three Samurai houses have been restored and opened as exhibits.



Harajo Castle ruins

Site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

as Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region, to tell the Christian faith continued even during

the ban on Christianity.

Located in Minami-Shimabara-city, 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.


Ferry to Kumamoto, from Shimabara

Two ferries are operated form Shimabara to Kumamotocity

Kyusho Ferry : operated by Kyusho Ferry, 60 minutes ride

Ocean Arrow : operated by Kumamoto Ferry, 30 minutes ride.

             Shimabara port

                 Ocean Arrow

                Kumamoto port


Ferry to Amakusa (Oniike) , from Kuchinotsu (Minami-Shimabara-city)

Shimatetsu Ferry : operated by Shinabara Rail Way, 30 minutes ride.

            Kuchinotsu port


                 To Amakusa



 Location of Shimabara





 General information  


Address Shimabara-city, Nagasaki-prefecture

90 minutes by a vihecle from Nagasaki-city

70 minutes by a vihecle from Nagasaki Air port

30 minutes by a vihecle from Unzen-city


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