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.

Kuroshima Church

An Important Cultural Property of Japan A dignified church on a Christians island

Many Christians from Sotome, Ikitsuki and Goto came and settled in Kuro-shima, the largest island in the Kujukushima Archipelago.

In the center of the island stands a magnificent church in Romanesque style. In 1897, Joseph Ferdinand Marmand assumed missionary commitment to the parish of Kuroshima. To fulfill his mission, he devoted himself wholly to building a church. His sincere leadership and the parishioners’ sacrificial cooperation completed the construction in 1902. The castle-like square bell tower has rose windows on the front side, and a framed tablet with the characters is fit in the upper central part. The main building with dome-like roof is surrounded with tile-piled outer walls, which presents an impressive appearance. Facing a shortage of funds, the parishioners contrived a scheme to make cheap materials look high-graded. Boards with grains drawn by hand are used for the doors and the Rib Vault (bat-like) ceilings. They adopted local materials including Kuroshima’s specialty product granite. The altar was floored with earthenware tiles produced in the nearby area of Arita. The items requiring high quality such as stained glass and holy icons were ordered from abroad. The parishioners saved their food budget, took the task of manual labor and made the best of the limited fund. Dedication of the missionary and his followers realized their long cherished dream.

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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Tabira ChurchTabira Church
Hirado City, Nagasaki
Hinoe CastleHinoe Castle
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