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Nagasaki Pilgrimage one-day tour

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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








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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