Harajo Castle Ruins
The Christian pilgrimage site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as Hidden Christian
Sites in the Nagasaki Region. The site is located in Minami-arima in Minami-Shimabara-city
and 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.
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
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.
Location of Shimabara
|Address||Minamiarima-cho, Minami-Shimabara-city, Nagasaki-prefecture|
50 minutes by a vehicle from Shimabara-city
50 minutes by a vehicle from Unzen-city
100 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city