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Shimabara Rebellion


The site is located in Minami-arima in Minami-Shimabara-city

and the Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion which was a peasant uprising against bakufu’s

persecution of Christians under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.


It was founded by Arima Takazumi in 1496 and was a flat castle with a fortress naturally created

both by the cliff facing Ariake Sea and the tide coming in. This Castle was abandoned since

Matsudaira Shigemasa, the load of Shimabara, built Shimabara Castle after the rupture of Arima

family ties. 

Christian farmers rose in a riot due to their grievance about the oppression by Matsukura 
Shigemasa. The Shogunate regarded this riot as Christian rebellion and sent its punitive force,
therefore locked themselves in the castle and with their leader Amakusa Shiro Tokisada fought
against the Shogunate.

On February 27, 1638, he died in battle. The following day, the castle fell. 37,000 Christians

including women and children died a violent death.

It is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage as Hidden Christian Sites in the

Nagasaki Region in 2018.

Japan’s modern Steel industry in 1901


Japanese industry at the end of 19th century was 200 years behind. 

After Mathew C Perry came to Japan in 1853, Japan’s industrial

Revolution was started.


Japan’s modern Steel industry was started as Yawata Steel Works 

at Higashida district in Kitakyushu in 1901. 

Since then, the Steel Works greatly contributed to Japan’s industrial modernization.

And Japan became the world’s leading industrialized country in only 100 years.

26 Saints Pilgrimage route from Tokitsu to Nishizaka


26 Christians arrive at Tokitsu Port by the boat on the cold night of February 4, in 1597

and stayed one night on the boat. At dawn on February 5, they got off the ship with a cold b

ody and landed at Togitsu Port. Then they began walking the 12km path to Nishizaka,

the place of martyrdom. Passed through the mountain pass, and through Michinoo, Akasako,

and Urakami, and arrived at Nishizaka at 10 o’clock.

And as soon they arrived, they were all crucified on the cross.



Then, Paul Miki said from the Cross

All of you who are here, please listen to me.

I did not com from the Philippines, I am a Japanese by birth, and a brother of the Society of Jesus.

I have committed no crime, and the only reason why I am put to death is that I have been

teaching the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am very happy to die for such cause, and see my death as great blessing from the Lord.

At this critical time, when you can rest assured that I will not try to deceive you, I want to stress

and make it unmistakably clear that man can find no way to salvation other than the Christian

way. The Christian law commands that we forgive our enemies and who have wronged us.

I must therefore say here that I forgive Taikosama (Hideyoshi).


Then they all ascended to heaven with the happy of giving the life to Christ.


In 1862, 26 Martyrs at Nishizaka were canonized by Pope Pius IX.

In 1950, Pope Pius XII designated the Nishizaka of Martyrdom of 26 Japanese

Saints as an official Pilgrimage site for Catholics

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, ちゃんぽん


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, 寿司


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.