Please contact us before you visit the churches nominated 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 nominated 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.

Hinoe Castle

Gilded roof-tiles implies some relationship with the Toyotomi government

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. There remain stone walls around the site of the front gate. A recent survey reveals that the construction materials including the stone steps were diverted from tombstones in Buddhist grave-yards which the lord had demolished. The fact indicates the religious situation in those days when Christianity was flourishing. In 1982, the location of the ruined castle was designated as a National Historic Site.

Access Reference

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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

related sites

Tabira ChurchTabira Church
Hirado City, Nagasaki
Hinoe CastleHinoe Castle
Minami-Shimabara City, Nagasaki