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Shimabara travel guide

  • Shimabara Castle

 

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.

 


 

Exploring Shimabara  

 

Shimabara Castle

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 Houses

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.

 


 

Samurai Street

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.

 

 


 

Harajo Castle ruins

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. 

 


 

Hinoe Castle Ruins         

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.

 


 

Dolphins watching cruise

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 Kumamotocity

Kyusho Ferry : operated by Kyusho Ferry, 60 minutes ride

Ocean Arrow : operated by Kumamoto Ferry, 30 minutes ride.

 

             Shimabara port

                 Ocean Arrow

                Kumamoto port


 

Ferry to Amakusa (Oniike) , from Kuchinotsu (Minami-Shimabara-city)

Shimatetsu Ferry : operated by Shinabara Rail Way, 30 minutes ride.

 

            Kuchinotsu port

               Kuchinotsu

              To Amakusa


 

 Location of Shimabara

 

   

 


 

General information  

Address Shimabara-city, Nagasaki-prefecture
Access

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

 


 

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