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Nagasaki Pilgrimage one-day tour

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At a glance

 

Where to visit : Pilgrimage sites in Sotome and Nagasaki-city

Christian history in Japan was started when St. Francis Xavier came to Japan as a first Christian

missionary in 1549. Then Christianity was spread in Nagasaki region. However, unparalleled

hidden Cristian history was started from when Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shogunate proclaimed Christian

ban in 1587. During ban on Christianity, people secretly continued to faith while surviving in the

midst of the conventional society and Japanese religions.

Since ban on the Christianity was lifted in 1873, new Christian history in Japan has begun.

 


 

Travel style 

Charted taxi with English speaking driver who knows the places very well, and

    can give you local information anywhere you will visit.

    Option : Chartered taxi with Japanese drive if Professional Tour guide is requested

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka–city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Minimum number : 2 person 
・Maximum number : 8 person

 


 

 

 


 

Itinerary

 

8:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Nagasaki-city, 2hours 

Sotome Pildrimage sites

  Shitsu Church

  Former Shitsu Aid Center

  Endo Shusaku Literary Museum 

Ground Zero

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf  or China Town

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan       

Oura Cathedral  

Transfer to Fukuoka-city, 2hours 

18:00 Arrive at  Fukuoka-city

 


 

Where to visit

 

Sotome Pilgrimage sites  / UNESCO World Heritage  Hidden Christian sites

Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki. During the ban

on Christianity, Sotome was home to communities of “Hidden Christians”, many of whom

emigrated there from other parts of Nagasaki as the remote region allowed them to practice

their religion in secret. 

 

Shitsu Church

On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, Father Marc Marie de Rotz

established a church at his own expense 1882. The building was extended and renovated

again and again. A statue of Mary that he ordered from France is standing in the bell tower.

 


 

Former Shitsu Aid Center        

I want to save people in the Sotome from poor life.

Former Shitsu Aid Centeris indispensable in talking about the history and culture of the region.

 


 

Endo Shusaku Literary Museum         

The setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence. Sotome is blessed with a unique history and

culture of Christianity. In particular, the area in which the Endo Shusaku Literary Museum

stands is known as the site of a Christian village, one of Endo’s most notable work, Silence.

 


 

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 Nagasaki Wharf or China Town

 

Nagasaki 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 26 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, St. Lorenzo Luiz

from Philippines martyred here at Nishizaka hill.

 


 

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.

 


 

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.

 

 


 

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Nagasaki Pilgrimage 3 days tour

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At a glance

 

Where to visit : Pilgrimage sites in Sotome, Nagasaki-city, Shimabara and Unzen

Christian history in Japan was started when St. Francis Xavier came to Japan as a first Christian

missionary in 1549. Then Christianity was spread in Nagasaki region. However, unparalleled

hidden Cristian history was started from when Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shogunate proclaimed Christian

ban in 1587. During ban on Christianity, people secretly continued to faith while surviving in the

midst of the conventional society and Japanese religions.

Since ban on the Christianity was lifted in 1873, new Christian history in Japan has begun.

 


 

Overall itinerary

 

Day 1 : Depart Fukuoka  → Sotome & Nagasaki, stay Nagasaki

Day 2 : Nagasaki & Unzen, stay Unzen

Day 3 : Shimabara, stay Fukuoka

 


 

Travel style 

Charted taxi with English speaking driver who knows the places very well, and

    can give you local information anywhere you will visit.

    Option : Chartered taxi with Japanese drive if Professional Tour guide is requested

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka–city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

Accommodation, to be selected from budget hotels to luxury properties

・Minimum number : 2 person 
・Maximum number : 8 person

 


 

 


 

 Day by Day 

 

Day 1   Sotome & Nagasaki

 

Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki. During the ban on

Christianity, Sotome was home to communities of “Hidden Christians”, many of whom emigrated

there from other parts of Nagasaki as the remote region allowed them to practice their religion in

secret.   

Nagasaki is a sacred place of Christianity where Pope and Saint Mother Teresa officially visited.

 

 


 

Itinerary                                                                                    read more

 

Depart  Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Nagasaki-city

Sotome Pilgrimage sites

  Shitsu Church

  Former Shitsu Aid Center

  Endo Shusaku Literary Museum 

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf  or China Town

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan       

Oura Cathedral  

Glover Garden 

Mount Inasa

Stay at Nagasakicity

 

 
 
In Nagasaki, Atomic bomb exploded at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945.  The most part of
Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of lives were lost.

Nagasaki is now appealing for World Peace, Disastrous War must not be repeated.

Unzen is Located in the centre of Shimabara peninsula, at the southwest part of

Mount Unzen with an altitude of 700m. It is started receiving foreign tourists around the

year 1900 when Kaempfer and Siebold introduced the city to Europe and China.

 

 


 
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Transfer to Unzen

Nita Pass 

Unzen Jigoku

Stay at Unzen

 


 

Day 3   Shimabara

 

Shimabara is 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 Christian Pilgrimage sites.

 


 

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Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins

Shimabara Castle

Lunch at Shimabara, local cuisine Guzoni

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at  Fukuoka-city

 

 


 

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Nagasaki Pilgrimage 6 days tour

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At a glance

 

Where to visit : Pilgrimage sites in Sotome, Nagasaki-city, Shimabara, Unzen, Amakusa

Kumamoto and Hirado

Christian history in Japan was started when St. Francis Xavier came to Japan as a first Christian

missionary in 1549. Then Christianity was spread in Nagasaki region. However, unparalleled

hidden Cristian history was started from when Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shogunate proclaimed Christian

ban in 1587. During ban on Christianity, people secretly continued to faith while surviving in the

midst of the conventional society and Japanese religions.

Since ban on the Christianity was lifted in 1873, new Christian history in Japan has begun.

 


 

Overall itinerary

 

Day 1 : Depart Fukuoka  → Sotome & Nagasaki, stay Nagasaki

Day 2 : Nagasaki & Unzen, stay Unzen

Day 3 : Shimabara, stay Amakusan

Day 4 : Amakusa & Kumamoto, stay Kumamoto

Day 5 : Hirado, stay Hirado

Day 6 : Hirado, stay Fukuoka

 


 

Travel style 

Charted taxi with English speaking driver who knows the places very well, and

    can give you local information anywhere you will visit.

    Option : Chartered taxi with Japanese drive if Professional Tour guide is requested

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka–city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

Accommodation, to be selected from budget hotels to luxury properties

・Minimum number : 2 person 
・Maximum number : 8 person

 


 

 


 

 Day by Day 

 

Day 1   Sotome & Nagasaki

 

Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki. During the ban on

Christianity, Sotome was home to communities of “Hidden Christians”, many of whom emigrated

there from other parts of Nagasaki as the remote region allowed them to practice their religion in

secret.   

Nagasaki is a sacred place of Christianity where Pope and Saint Mother Teresa officially visited.

 


 

Itinerary                                                                                    read more

 

Depart  Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Nagasaki-city

Sotome Pilgrimage sites

  Shitsu Church

  Former Shitsu Aid Center

  Endo Shusaku Literary Museum 

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf  or China Town

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan       

Oura Cathedral  

Glover Garden 

Mount Inasa

 

Stay at Nagasakicity

 

 

 
In Nagasaki, Atomic bombexploded at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945.  The most part of
Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of lives were lost.

Nagasaki is now appealing for World Peace, Disastrous War must not be repeated.

Unzen is Located in the centre of Shimabara peninsula, at the southwest part of

Mount Unzen with an altitude of 700m. It is started receiving foreign tourists around the

year 1900 when Kaempfer and Siebold introduced the city to Europe and China.

 


 

Itinerary                                                                                     read more
 
Transfer to Unzen

Nita Pass

Unzen Jigoku

Stay at Unzen

 


 

Day 3   Shimabara & Amakusa

 

Shimabara is 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 Christian Pilgrimage sites.

 


 

Itinerary                                                                                   read more 

 

Exploring Shimabara

  Shimabara Castle  

  Samurai Houses & Samurai street

Lunch at Shimabara, local delicacy food, Guzoni

Transfer to Minami Shimabara

Harajo Castle ruins 

Transfer to Amakusa from Kuchinotsu

Stay in Amakusa

 


 

Day 4  Amakusa & Kumamoto  

 

Amakusa, is located in a southern part of Kumamoto-city, and consists of Shimo-jima,

Kami-jima and many other islands varied in size, which belong to Unzen-Amakusa 

National Park along with Unzen

Amakusa has the Christinan Pilgrimage sites where Christian faith

continued even during the ban on Christianity, Sakitsu Village has been registered on

UNESCO World Heritage / Hidden Christian Sites

 


 

Itinerary                                                                                 read more      

8:00 Depart Hotel 

Visiting Hidden Christian sites in Amakusa

  Oe Cathedral 

  Sakitsu Village 

  Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

Travel Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line

Transfer to Kumamoto

Exploring Kumamoto 

  Sakurano-baba Josaien 

  Kumamoto Castle  

Stay in Kumamoto

 


 

Day 5  Hirado

 

Hirado off the North West coast of Nagasaki-prefecture is a beautiful and historic location

full of interesting museums, Christian churches, white sandy beaches and an imposing

castle. Portuguese ships first landed in Hirado’s superb natural harbor in 1549 and

St. Francis Xavier is known to have visited in 1550. In the 1580s, the Portuguese established

a trading station, followed soon by the Dutch and the British. 

 


 

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Depart Kumamoto

Transfer to Hirado

Visit Tabira Church

Lunch at Hirado, local delicacy sea food

Exploring Hirado

  Matsura Historical Museum

  St Francis Xavier Memorial Church

  Dutch Trading Post

Stay at Hirado

 


 

Day 6  Hirado

 

The island had been an important port for trade with Korea and China since earlier

times, with the rights to foreign trade held by the local Matsuura clan. William Adams

was instrumental in establishing the British trading post and he is buried on the island. 

The British stayed only ten years before leaving after bitter feuding with the Dutch, who

were moved to Dejima in Nagasaki by the Japanese authorities in 1641.

 


 

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Depart Hotel

Exploring Hirado 

  Hirado Castle  

  Nakae no Shima  

  Kasuga Village

Transfer to Fukuoka

Arrive at Hotel in Fukuoka

 


 

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History of Japanese Christianity

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Christian history in Japan was started when St. Francis Xavier came to Japan as a first Christian

missionary in 1549. Then Christianity was spread in Nagasaki region. However, unparalleled

hidden Cristian history was started from when Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shogunate proclaimed Christian

ban in 1587. During ban on Christianity, people secretly continued to faith while surviving in the

midst of the conventional society and Japanese religions.

Since ban on the Christianity was lifted in 1873, new Christian history in Japan has begun.

 


 

1549  St. Francis Xavier came Kagoshima Japan as a first Christian missionary and

           commenced the Christian history in Japan

1550  St. Francis Xavier came Hirado as a Christian missionary

1551  Catholic Hirado Church was constructed as first church in Japan

1557   Introduction of Catholicism to Ikitsuki, Kasuga in Hirado

1563  Omura Sumitada, feudral lord of Nagasaki who was first lord convert to Christianity

1569  Todos os Santos Church was constructed as first in Nagasaki

1571  Nagasaki Port was opend to Portugal by feudral lord Omura Sumitada

1580   Arima Harunobu, lord of Arima convert to Christianity and the Seminario was

          established in Kuchinotsu as first in Japan

1582  Arima Harunobu teamed up with Kyushu Christian lords Otomo Sorin and ura Sumitada

          to dispatch the Tensho Mission to the Pope in Rome

1587  Shogunate, Toyotomi Hideyoshi proclaimed Christian ban

1590  The Tensho Mission retured to Nagasaki

1597  The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan, were a group of Catholics who were

          executed by crucifixion on February 5 at Nagasaki. Their martyrdom is especially

          significant in the history of the Catholic Church in Japan.

 

1603 Tokugawa Shogunate was established and the natioal isolation policy was applied

1614 The Tokugawa Shogunate prohibited Christianity throughout Japan

Continue Christian faith during the ban period in the following hidden Christian sites registered on

the UNESCO World Hiritage Sites

Kasuga Village in Hitado

・Ikitsuki in Hirado

Sotome district

・Goto island

・Amakusa

 

1622 five Christians were martyred at Nakae no Shima in Hirado

1624 three Christians were martyred at Nakae no Shima in Hirado

1627 twenty seven Christians were martyred at Unzen Jigoku

1637 Shimabara Rebellion : a peasant uprising against bakufu’s persecution of Christians

         under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro

1637 Lorenzo Luiz from Philippines martyred at Nashizaka hill in Nagasaki

1641 Dejima, the small artificial island was opened as Dutch trading port in Nagasaki 

1644  Last Christian missionary in Japan is martyred

 

1862     The 26 Japanese Martyrs at Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki were canonized by Pope Pius IX.

1865     Oura Cathedral was built as the basilica of Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan 

1868     Meiji Restoration : led to enormous changes in Japan’s political and social structure and

             spanned both the late Edo period and the beginning of the Meiji period.  

1873     Ban on the Christianity was lifted

1882     Shitsu Church in Sotome construction started by Father de Rotz’s design

1909     Shitsu Church was completed 

1914     Urakami Cathedral construction was completed, it was the largest Catholic church in East Asia

              at that time

1912     Yamada Church in Hirado was constructed

1917     Tabira Church in Hirado was constructed

1920     Kurosaki Church was completed by Father de Rotz’s design

1931     St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church in Hirado was constructed at the present location

1945     Atomic bomb dropped in Nagasaki on Aug. 9

    The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of lives were lost.  

              and Urakami Cathedral was completely destroyed.

    About 73,000 died instantly, and up to 60,000 were injured.

 

1950     Pope Pius XII designated the Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaaki of Martyrdom of 26 Japanese

             Saints as an official Pilgrimage site for Catholics

1959     Urakami Cathedral replacement was built

1981     Pope John Paul II visited in Nagasaki

1982     Saint Teresa of Calcutta commonly known as Mother Teresa visited in Nagasaki

1987    Saint Lorenzo Ruiz was canonized by the same pope in the Vatican city on 18 October,

            making him the first Filipino Saint

2000    Ebdo Shusaku ( novelist of Silence ) Literary Museum is opened in Sotome

2018    Hidden Christian site is registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage

 

2019     Pope Francis visited Nagasaki on Nov.24 and and calls for a ‘world without Nuclear

             Weapons’ at the Ground Zero.

 

 


 

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