About Amakusa

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.

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Oe Church

Oe Church is the oldest Catholic Church in Amakusa and was one

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Adam Arakawa

Few locals of Amakusa know that there is a blessed martyr in their

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Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

Before going around Kami Amakusa, it is best to drop by

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Amakusa Saraca Somemoto

Immerse yourself in the culture of Amakusa and learn how to make

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Hotel Nikko

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Ladder of Angel

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Robi x Kumamon Coupon KUMAMOTO AMAKUSA

1Amakusa Dolphin Information4689-1, Itsuwamachi Futae, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2421, Japan0969-26-4500
2Blue Marine Service2286, Ushibukamachi, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-1901, Japan0969-73-1173
3Road station Ariake Ripple Land1955, Ariakemachi Kotsura, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 861-7311, Japan0969-53-1565
4Dolphin Cruises4689-10, Itsuwamachi Futae, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2421, Japan0969-33-0881
5Marukensuisan4622-5, Itsuwamachi Futae, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2421, Japan0969-33-1131
6Santa's Ice Factory6472-1, Itsuwamachi Goryo, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2201, Japan0969-32-2221
7Amakusa KaisenguraItsuwamachi Oniike, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2331, Japan0969-52-7707
8Tanakachikusan101-1, Itsuwamachi Jogawara, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-2114, Japan0969-34-0288
9Reishuuya48, Higashimachi, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-0033, Japan0969-22-9966
10Kaisenya Fukushin6003-1, Matsushimamachi Aitsu, Kamiamakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 861-6102, Japan0969-56-0172
11Kaisenya Fukushin Hanare Rikyu45, Higashimachi, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 863-0033, Japan0969-22-7277
12Sea Cruises6125-22, Matsushimamachi Aitsu, Kamiamakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 861-6102, Japan0969-56-2458
13L’isola Terrace Amakusa6215-16, Matsushimamachi Aitsu, Kamiamakusa-shi, Kumamoto, 861-6102, Japan969-56-3450



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