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Shimabara Castle | Shimabara City

Shimabara Castle was built in the orders of Matsukura Shigemasa taking as much as 7 years, and is a historically famous place as the center of opression of Christianity in Japan. Besides the marvelous view of the numerous cherry trees blossoming along the moat in spring, the view from the castle tower looking out over the townscape of Shimabara and Ariake Bay is also very impressive.

■Omura Park | Omura City
Omura Park is located on Kushimazaki, a cape sticking out on Omura Bay. 1,500 Someiyoshino start to blossom in late March followed by 500 Yaezakura in April. 300 trees of national natural monument Omurazakura grow here as well. The blossoms of Omurazakura look like double-layering the blossoms of Yaezakura, and the number of petals on each blossom counts up to 200.

Foliage Spots October

Unzen | Kohama Town

Unzen has been desgnated the first nationa park in Japan, and has been used as a summer resort by foreigners from long ago. From the peaks of the Unzen moutains, Ariake Bay and the moutains of Aso and Kirishima can be seen. From mid October leaves start to change colors and autumn leaves can be enjoyed. The view from the observatory at Nita-touge is especially outstanding for the entire view is just a carpet of red. Besides the autumn scene, for various moutain plants grow, you can enjoy beautiful scenery during all four seasons.

Prefectural Guide


Nagasaki was the only place in Japan that was allowed to have international trade during the Edo Period when the entire country was closed and isolated.
Thus the historical sites in Nagasaki City of that time period is a bit different from elsewhere in Japan, and you will find traces of European and Chinese influences in this city.
Facing the sea on three sides, you can have a great sunset view at pretty much anywhere along the coast.

Hashijima Island, better known by the name of Gunkanjima (=warship island) used to be a prospered city of coal until four decades ago.
Today the island is deserted and is instead popular among people as an occult location.
Kujukushima Islands

The biggest attraction of this city is perhaps the 17th century Dutch amusement resort Sasebo Huis Ten Bosch, consisted of 10 vast areas containing hotels, restaurants, attractions, shops, etc..
A canal runs across the city, and the city is filled with flowers and green all year round.

A boat ride on the Kujukushima Cruise will take you to a fantastic tour around more than 200 small islands off coast and shows you the astonishing beauty of the nature each season.


Shimabara is a former castle town facing the Ariake Bay and is located in the middle of Shimabara Peninsula. Shimabara Castle with a marvelous castle tower of five layers is the city’s landmark.
The air of the city is refined and pleasant with fresh water springs and hot springs, former samurai residences, and more than 1,000 cods swimming in the waterway running through the city.

There are other popular spots such as Mayuyama Road (a popular driving course) and the mountain trolley which invites you to the rich nature to the area.
The Goto Islands (Goto-retto)

Goto-retto is the general name for more than 140 big and small islands off the western coast of Nagasaki, and most of the islands are designated as a part of Saikai National Park.
The area is surrounded by beautiful water and rich nature, and many people come to enjoy marine sports in the summer.
There are many churches and historical spots as well, and the islands are well-known and popular tourist spots.

The islands have a number of fine harbors and fans of sea fishing from all over Kyushu region gather to take pleasure in fishing here.

Until the Dutch Commercial House moved to Nagasaki Dejima, this port town flourished thanks to the trade with the Netherlands.
This city has a mixed atmosphere of foreign and Japanese cultures: it has a trace of European, Southeast Asian and Christian influences and that of a genuine Japanese castle town at the same time.
Hirado Castle owns some precious historical items including national important cultural assets, and also serves as a museum.

The city is also a treasury of food especially seafood, such as flatfish and moreover sawedged perch which is regarded as one of the most rare and expensive fish in Japan.
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