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,
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
Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan.
were built in 18th century.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Approximately 300 wild Dolphins live in the sea between the Shimabara Peninsula and Amakusa.
The dolphin watching cruises have become increasingly popular for all ages, especially because
it is possible to see the dolphins so close that you could almost touch them.
Ferry to Kumamoto, from Shimabara
Two ferries are operated form Shimabara to Kumamoto–city
Kyusho Ferry : operated by Kyusho Ferry, 60 minutes ride
Ocean Arrow : operated by Kumamoto Ferry, 30 minutes ride.
Ferry to Amakusa (Oniike) , from Kuchinotsu (Minami-Shimabara-city)
Shimatetsu Ferry : operated by Shinabara Rail Way, 30 minutes ride.
Location of Shimabara
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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