The ruins of Hinoe and Hara Castles, located in Minamishimabara, are part of the ‘Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki’, included on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage sites. Minamishimabara has established the Arima Christian Heritage Museum with the purpose of promoting the inscription of the collection of sites on the World Heritage List.
Both of these historical places give testimony to both the light and dark sides of Nagasaki Prefecture’s Christian history. They represent a valuable memory transmitted through generations. Their tale, handed down only in this very limited area, is just a tiny piece of the vast puzzle of world history, but the flowering of Christian culture and the subsequent religious persecution causing followers to go into hiding, until the faith’s eventual revival, constitute a theme that runs through human history.
The Arima Christian Heritage Museum exhibits 250 years of Christian history showing its propagation, prosperity and suppression, ending in the Shimabara-Amakusa revolt.
- Shimabara Peninsula (Unzen City & Shimabara City & Obama Town & Minami-Shimabara City)
High School Student: ￥200
Elementary/Junior High School Student:￥150
Updated October 2016
|Access information||By car:
15 min drive from Minami Shimabara Town Office
By Shimatetsu bus:
11 min walk from Minami Arima Chousha-mae bus stop
|Days Closed||Every Thursday
New Year's Holidays
- NEARBY ATTRACTIONS
- 1Arima Christian Heritage Museum
- 2Experience MINPAKU(Staying at Farmers an...
- 3Remains of Hara Castle, Site of Shimabar...
- 4Hara Castle Revolt Festival
- 5Hara Castle Ruins
- 6Seibo Kitamura Memorial Hall
- 7Harajouonsen Masago
- 9Dolphin Watching (from Minami Arima)
- 10Shirakino-Tanimizu Rice Terraced Fields
- 11Festivitas Natalis (Christmas Festival) ...
- 12Site of Martyrdom at Arima
- 13Remains of Hinoe Castle
- 14Hinoe Castle Ruins