Follow the hidden history of Christianity in Japan!
Located in the Southwest region of Kumamoto Prefecture, Amakusa is a remote beauty waiting to be discovered. It is made up of 2 main islands Kamishima and Shimoshima, along with other small islands of varying sizes.
The region is connected by five bridges that showcase amazing scenery of the scattered islands. Despite its distance from the city, Amakusa is a place where people can enjoy and peruse the quiet fishing village.
Hidden Christians of Amakusa
Christianity was first brought to Japan in 1549 by a Jesuit priest named Francis Xavier when trading opened in Kagoshima. Not long after, it spread to neighboring areas such as Nagasaki and Amakusa.
In 1614, the Tokugawa regime felt threatened by the growth of Christianity out of their fear of colonialism. Persecutions began and the eradication of Christianity started. Missionaries and priests alike were killed, while those who practiced Christianity were given an option to renounce their faith or face death. Some chose to convert to Shintoism and Buddhism in order to hide their Christian faith.
Fed up with famine and cruel treatment, peasants from Amakusa organized a rebellion to fight against the regime. This resulted in the Shimbara Rebellion, which is considered as one of the largest revolts during the Edo period.
Places to Visit in Amakusa
Sightseeing & Tourists Destinations
During the time of Christian prohibition, the quaint fishing village of Sakitsu became the focal point for the propagation of Christianity because of its hidden location. Some of the settings are still present in the village such as the villages main road, stone walls, and sacred sites. On the time of Christian propagation, almost 70% of the population were believed to be Christians.
Oe Church is the oldest Catholic Church in Amakusa and was one
Few locals of Amakusa know that there is a blessed martyr in their
Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall
Before going around Kami Amakusa, it is best to drop by
Amakusa Saraca Somemoto
Immerse yourself in the culture of Amakusa and learn how to make
Robi x Kumamon Coupon KUMAMOTO AMAKUSA
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|1||Amakusa Dolphin Information||4689-1, Itsuwamachi Futae, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2421, Japan||0969-26-4500|
|2||Blue Marine Service||2286, Ushibukamachi, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-1901, Japan||0969-73-1173|
|3||Road station Ariake Ripple Land||1955, Ariakemachi Kotsura, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 861-7311, Japan||0969-53-1565|
|4||Dolphin Cruises||4689-10, Itsuwamachi Futae, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2421, Japan||0969-33-0881|
|5||Marukensuisan||4622-5, Itsuwamachi Futae, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2421, Japan||0969-33-1131|
|6||Santa's Ice Factory||6472-1, Itsuwamachi Goryo, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2201, Japan||0969-32-2221|
|7||Amakusa Kaisengura||Itsuwamachi Oniike, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2331, Japan||0969-52-7707|
|8||Tanakachikusan||101-1, Itsuwamachi Jogawara, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2114, Japan||0969-34-0288|
|9||Reishuuya||48, Higashimachi, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-0033, Japan||0969-22-9966|
|10||Kaisenya Fukushin||6003-1, Matsushimamachi Aitsu, Kamiamakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 861-6102, Japan||0969-56-0172|
|11||Kaisenya Fukushin Hanare Rikyu||45, Higashimachi, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-0033, Japan||0969-22-7277|
|12||Sea Cruises||6125-22, Matsushimamachi Aitsu, Kamiamakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 861-6102, Japan||0969-56-2458|
|13||L’isola Terrace Amakusa||6215-16, Matsushimamachi Aitsu, Kamiamakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 861-6102, Japan||969-56-3450|