Mt. Sarakura, the most dynamic night view in the World, in Kitakyushu-city
Mount Sarakura is the best scenic spot in Kitakyushu-city.
The height of the mountain is 622 meters from sea level. At the top you are presented with a
magnificent and spectacular view of Kitakyushu. In 10 minutes, you can reach the summit
from the Cable Car Station using the Cable car and the Slope car.
We offer the most dynamic night view in the World.
The dynamic city where one million people are living and working, is creating the beautiful Night view
which you have never seen before. The night view from the mount Sarakura is chosen the three major
Night View in Japan along with Nagasaki from Mount Inasa.
The area of Night view is the largest in the World ; about 40km east to west and 10km south to north
And also the number of lighting to create the night view is the largest in the World.
Soba and tempura, そば & 天ぷら
Soba and tempura are two of Japan’s most popular dishes, along with sushi.
Soba (right cuisine of the photo) is a noodle dish made from buckwheat flour made
from buckwheat seeds.
Tempura (left cuisine of the photo) is a dish of seafoods and vegetables coated
with flour and fried in oil.
Chanpon is a Japanese cuisine created in Nagasaki.
It was invented to provide a cheap and nutritious meal by the Chinese chef at Shikairo
restaurant in 1899 originally for Chinese students visiting Japan at that time, which is
a noodle dish made with chicken bone and pork bone soup and plenty of seafood and
vegetables from Nagasaki.
Now, it is one of the popular Japanes cuisine which you can eat any place in Japan.
Unzen jigoku Martyrdom, 雲仙地獄殉教
When Matsukura Shigemasa became the new federal lord of Shimabara in 1616,
many people were Christians. Initially, he acquiesced in Christianity, because
he needed people’s cooperation to build Shimabara Castle.
However, this situation was known to Tokugawa Shogunate, and he strongly
commanded Christians in Shimabara to convert.
From 1627, Christians who did not convert were persecuted using the boiling water
of Unzen jigoku.
Many Christians were taken to this Unzen jigoku and martyred.
Unzen Church is dedicated to Father Antonio Ishida, a martyr of Unzen Hell, and
martyrdom festival is held every May.
Unzen jigoku is a tourist spot in Unzen.
Jigoku, means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur
emitted from the springs, and boiled hot water and white smoke rising from the ground
over a wide area. This is a striking reminder that Unzen Volcano is still very much alive.
Sushi is a popular Japanese dish consisting mainly of seafood on top of vinegared rice.
Sushi has a wide variety of toppings, and you can enjoy sushi according to the season.
The freshness of the ingredients is especially important for sushi.
The sushi restaurant is generally counter-style, with the sushi toppings displayed in a
refrigerated showcase on the counter, and the sushi chefs making the sushi according
to customer orders.
Atomic bomb in Nagasaki in 1945
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.
And about 70,000 of Nagasaki’s 240,000 residents died instantly, and up to 60,000 were injured.
The radius of total destruction was about 1.6km, followed by fires across the northern portion of the
city to 3.2km south of the bomb.
The total number of residents died may have been as many as 80,000, including those who died
from radiation poisoning in the following months. Even now, many atomic bomb survivors are
suffering. The list of names of the atomic bomb victim who died up to now is stored in the monument.
Karato Fish Market, in Shimanoseki
Karato Fish Market, is a fish market in Shimonoseki establish in 1933, and the blowfish
trading volume is Japan’s highest. This market is not only the wholesale market of fresh
fishes taken in the sea around Shimonoseki but also the retail market for general consumers
of fishes, marine products and sushi.
Plenty of tourists including oversea people visit and enjoy shopping.
The Special event is “Iki iki Bakngai” which is the food stall event held every weekend
Friday to Sunday and on public holidays.
There are so many kinds of seafood stalls that you’ll be spoiled for choice with Sushi, hearty
seafood bowls and seafood soup.
We recommend having lunch of purchased sushi overlooking the Kanmon Straits
in front of you.
Genna great Martyrdom in 1622, 元和の大殉教
25 years after the martyrdom of the 26 Saints, the blood of Christians was shed
once again at Nishizaka in Nagasaki.
55 Christians were martyred who were arrested at Suzuta Prison in Omura and
Kurusu Prison in Nagasaki.
These included Italian missionary Carlo Spinola and Portuguese missionary
Rokubei is a local cuisine in Shimabara.
In 1792, Shimabara Disaster was occurred that Mt. Mayuyama exploded and caused
major damage due to landslides entire area of Shimabara.
After that, the Shimabara Peninsula experienced a food crisis, and sweet potatoes
became the staple food.
Rokubei is a noodle dish using sweet potatoes invented by farmer Rokubei.
The sweet potatoes were powdered, yams were added, and kneaded in boiling
water to make udon-like noodles.
Ban on Christianity in 1614
The number of Christians in Japan continued to increase, and reaching 300,000 in 1614.
Fearing the ever-increasing number of Christian rebellions, Tokugawa Shogunate finally
issued a ban on Christianity in Nagasaki in 1612, and two years later in 1614 throughout
the country in Japan.
After that, the history of martyrdom began in various places.
・in 1617, 4 missionaries were martyred in Omura
・in 1622, Genna great martyrdom (55 Christians) at Nishizaka
・in 1622-24, Ikutsuki and Nakae-no-shima island martyrdom
・from 1627, Unzen jigoku martyrdom
・1633, Nakaura Julian martyred in Nishizaka
・in 1637, Shimabara Rebellion
・in 1644, Konishi Manjo martyrdom, Domestic priests become absent
・in 1657, Persecution of Christians in Omura
・in 1790, Persecution of Christians in Urakami
・in 1839, Persecution of Christians in Urakami
・in 1856, Persecution of Christians in Urakami