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.
Lunch at Shimabara, local delicacy food, Guzoni
Transfer to Minami Shimabara
Transfer to Amakusa from Kuchinotsu
Stay in Amakusa
Where to visit
The castle 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”. It was an almost rectangular flatland castle built in the Renkaku-style.
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.
Lunch at Shimabara
local delicacy food, Guzoni
Guzoni is said to created during the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637. When Cristians were fought under
the leader ship of Amakusa Shiro, they brought various ingredients such as rice cake, fishes and
vegetables, and made a stew. This is the origin of Guzoni.
The Christian pilgrimage site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as Hidden Christian Sites
in the Nagasaki Region. 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.
Transfer to Amakusa (Oniike) , from Kuchinotsu (Minami-Shimabara-city)
Shimatetsu Ferry : operated by Shinabara Rail Way, 30 minutes ride.