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Self-guided Christian Pilgrimage 3 days tour

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Where to visit : Pilgrimage sites in Sotome, Nagasaki-cityShimabara and Unzen

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.



Overall itinerary

Day 1 : depart Fukuoka  → Nagasaki, stay Nagasaki

Day 2 : Sotome & Unzen, stay Unzen

Day 3 : Shimabara, stay Fukuoka


Travel style 

・The journey to explore by yourself independently without a escorted Tour leader or Tour guide

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka–city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

Accommodation, to be selected from budget hotels to luxury properties

・Limited express train is utilized between JR Hakata and Nagasaki station

Tram is utilized for travelling in Nagasaki  

Chartered taxi in the areas where Local transportation are not convenient





Day by Day


Day 1  Nagasaki 


Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith continued in Nagasaki region even during the ban

on Christianity from 1587 to 1859.There are many Christian Pilgrimage site and

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki region is registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2018.



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8:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Nagasaki by JR Limited express train from Hakata to Nagasaki, 2 hours 

Exploring Nagasaki, Tram is used for the following sites

Visiting  Peace Park  

  Atomic Bomb Museum   

  Ground Zero 

  Peace Fountain

  Peace Statue 

Lunch at Nagasaki Wharf

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan   

Oura Cathedral 

Glover Garden 

Stay Western style hotel in Nagasaki-city



Day 2  Sotome & Unzen


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


Unzen is Located in the centre of Shimabara peninsula, at the southwest part of

Mount Unzen with an altitude of 700m. It is started receiving foreign tourists around the

year 1900 when Kaempfer and Siebold introduced the city to Europe and China.



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Check out Hotel in Nagasaki

A Chartered taxi is use for traveling 

Visiting Sotome Pilgrimage sites

  Shitsu Church

  Former Shitsu Aid Center

  Endo Shusaku Literary Museum

Transfer to Unzen

Nita Pass 

Unzen Jigoku

Stay at Unzen



Day 3   Shimabara


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.



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Check out Hotel in Unzen

A Chartered taxi is use for traveling

Harajo Castle ruins

Shimabara Castle

Lunch at Shimabara, local cuisine Guzoni

Transfer to Isahaya by Shimateshu local train from Shimabara to Isahaya station, 1 hour

Transfer to Fukuoka by JR Limited express train from Isahaya to Hakata station, 1 hour and 40 minutes

Stay in Fukuoka



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