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 “Moritake Castle”.
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.
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.
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.
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.|
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