Shimabara travel guide
Region spreads in the foot of gentle Mount Unzen and facing to Ariale sea, Shimabara is consist
of two cities on Shimabara peninsula, Shimabara-city west side of peninsula and Minami-Shmabara
city south-west side of peninsula. 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.
Located in Shimabara-city and 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
Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan. The Samurai Houses in
The street lined with stone walls and a spring water canal running down the center
commemorates the old samurai section of Shimabara. Three Samurai houses have been
restored and opened as exhibits.
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.
During the period of the Southern and Northern Courts (1337-92), the Arima family ruling the
Shimabara Peninsula constructed a castle named Hinoe-jo. The 14th lord, Harunobu (1567-1612)
was a Christian daimyo and refurbished his castle into a large scale which had gardens, a tea
arbor and many rooms.
Local delicacy food, Guzoni
Guzoni is said to created during the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637. When Cristian 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.
Approximately 300 wild Dolphins live in the sea between the Shimabara Peninsula and Amakusa.
The dolphin watching cruises have become increasingly popular for all ages, especially because
it is possible to see the dolphins so close that you could almost touch them.
Ferry to Kumamoto, from Shimabara
Two ferries are operated form Shimabara to Kumamoto–city
Kyusho Ferry : operated by Kyusho Ferry, 60 minutes ride
Ocean Arrow : operated by Kumamoto Ferry, 30 minutes ride.
Ferry to Amakusa (Oniike) , from Kuchinotsu (Minami-Shimabara-city)
Shimatetsu Ferry : operated by Shinabara Rail Way, 30 minutes ride.
Location of Shimabara
90 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city
70 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki Air port
30 minutes by a vehicle from Unzen-city