Please contact us before you visit the churches for UNESCO World Heritage status.
* You can visit Oura Cathedral without prior notice.

■Reference number for your prior notice

Notice for visiting the churches

As the churches are the places for prayer, please observe visiting manners and feel the solemn atmosphere quietly.
In some cases we cannot accept visitation to the churches due to religious events (Mass, funerals, etc.) or a too large number of visitors. To avoid such situation, we ask you to make a prior notice for your visit.
In addition, the inside of Ono Church is not open to the public basically because of the deterioration, so the visit is the outside only.
Tabira Church is an important property to be related to the sites for UNESCO World Heritage status, and a lot of people visit the church.
For this reason, we ask to make a prior notice for your visit Tabira church in the same way as the sites.

Hara Castle

*Tombstone of Amakusa Shiro Tokisada
*Monument to the Shimabara Rebellion
*Honekami Jizo〈guardian deity〉

Hara-jo castle was the main stage of a large scale war of the Shimabara Rebellion. In October, 1637, local farmers rose up in revolt against the domain ruler’s maladministration and cruel persecution of Christianity. Occupying a deserted castle of Hara-jo as their military base, the insurgent troops fought against the Shogunate army. After fierce and desperate battles, the 37,000 rebels including non-combatants of women and children were annihilated by an all-out assault of 120,000 soldiers at the end of February, 1638.

The main enclosure of the former castle has two main monuments to the war. One is the tombstone of Amakusa Shiro, chief general, who commanded the insurgent army. The other is Honekami Jizo, a statue of a guardian deity. In 1766, a Buddhist priest called Reverent Chuyo of Ganshin-ji Temple gathered and buried bones of the victims in disregard to friend or foe. On the burial mound he set up the statue of deity to console the dead.

In 1848, Suzuki Shigenari, the first governor in charge of the Amakusa region under the direct control of the Shogunate, held a service for departed souls, having more than 100 Zen Buddhist monks chant sutras. The monument to the Shimabara War stands in the precincts of Hachiman Shrine near the battlefield of Hara-jo castle.

The Rebellion-related Exhibition Room preserves and displays not only relics excavated in research surveys but also ceramics and construction materials including roofing tiles and gargoyles used for the castles owned by the Arima family, the former Christian lord of the region.

Access Reference

world heritage

Oura CathedralOura Cathedral
Nagasaki City, Nagasaki
Shitsu Village in SotomeShitsu Village in Sotome
Nagasaki City, Nagasaki
Ono Village in SotomeOno Village in Sotome
Nagasaki City, Nagasaki
Villages in Kuroshima IslandVillages in Kuroshima Island
Sasebo City, Nagasaki
Kasuga Village and Sacred Places in HiradoKasuga Village and Sacred Places in Hirado
Hirado City, Nagasaki
Village Sites in Nozaki IslandVillage Sites in Nozaki Island
Ojika-cho, Kita-Matsuura-gun, Nagasaki
Villages in Kashiragashima IslandVillages in Kashiragashima Island
Shinkamigoto-cho, Minami-Matsuura-gun, Nagasaki
Villages in Hisaka IslandVillages in Hisaka Island
Goto City, Nagasaki
Egami Village in Naru IslandEgami Village in Naru Island
Goto City, Nagasaki
Hara CastleHara Castle
Minami-Shimabara City, Nagasaki
Sakitsu Village in AmakusaSakitsu Village in Amakusa
Amakusa City, Kumamoto

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