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character ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’ are widely distributed across several remote islands and peninsulas in the Nagasaki region. Japan lies at the far eastern edge of the area within Asia in which Christianity was introduced during the Age of Exploration, and the Nagasaki region experienced the most extensive Catholic mission in the country at that time.

  1. 1Remains of Hara Castle

    The site of a historic event that led to the establishment of Japan’s national seclusion policy and Hidden Christians assuming responsibility for transmitting their own beliefs without the support of Western priests.


  2. 2Kasuga Village and Sacred Places in Hirado (Kasuga Village and Mt. Yasumandake)

    Hidden Christians concealed their faith in this village by venerating the mountain and island as their sacred places and the sites on which their ancestors had been martyred.

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    3Kasuga Village and Sacred Places in Hirado (Nakaenoshima Island)

    Hidden Christians concealed their faith in this village by venerating the mountain and island as their sacred places and the sites on which their ancestors had been martyred.


  4. 4Sakitsu Village in Amakusa

    In this fishing village, Hidden Christians were able to continue practising their faith over time by substituting everyday items used in daily life and work for Christian devotional objects.

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    5Shitsu Village in Sotome

    At this village, Hidden Christians were able to practise their faith by secretly revering sacred icons and keeping the Catholic liturgical calendar and catechism.

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    6Ono Village in Sotome

    At this place, Hidden Christians enshrined their own deities in Shinto shrines and disguised their faith by outwardly behaving as Shinto practitioners.

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    7Villages on Kuroshima Island

    Hidden Christians maintained their faith in these villages by praying to the Maria Kannon statue in a Buddhist temple after their migration to former clan pasturelands in need of redevelopment.

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    8Remains of Villages on Nozaki Island

    Here the villages were built on steeply sloping terrain. Hidden Christians continued to practice their faith after migrating to the island regarded as sacred by Shinto believers.

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    9Villages on Kashiragashima Island

    It was in these villages that Hidden Christians passed on their faith after their migration to the island under the guidance of a Buddhist man. Formerly, that once had been used for sick people; therefore, there were no pre-existing communities.

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    10Villages on Hisaka Island

    Hidden Christians maintained their faith in these villages after migrating to undeveloped land on the island in accordance with a migration policy established by feudal lords. There was mutual cooperation between the Hidden Christians and the pre-existing Buddhist communities.

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    11Egami Village on Naru Island(Egami Church and its Surroundings)

    This village was established by Hidden Christians who migrated to a valley near the seacoast, isolated from the pre-existing villages, and they later built a church after the ban on Christianity was lifted. The conventional church design was adapted to take the characteristic topography of the village into account.


  12. 12Oura Cathedral

    The site of an encounter with returned Catholic missionaries after an absence of over two centuries that triggered the transitional phase in the religious identity of Hidden Christian communities.