Visiting rules and access
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Why was Christianity prohibited in Japan?

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japan’s most powerful lord in the late 16th century, decided to expel Christian missionaries from Japan because he found it troublesome that baptised feudal lords (Kirishitan Daimyo) strengthened their relationships to missionaries, and committed various acts without his permission, such as ceding their territories to missionaries. However, his edict was not fully carried out because the profits from overseas trade with Europeans, mediated by missionaries, were too considerable to ignore. Tokugawa Ieyasu, who ruled the country after the death of Hideyoshi, tolerated the Christian faith at first, but finally banned Christianity in the entire country, to strengthen the foundation for the Tokugawa family-led regime.

 

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Questions about this website on ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

  1. What is the purpose of this website?
  2. How can I know ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’?
  3. How can I know the access to the property?

Questions about the value of ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’

  1. What is ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’?
  2. Where is the Nagasaki region?
  3. Why is the Nagasaki region important in the history of Hidden Christians?
  4. Who are ‘Hidden Christians’?
  5. Who are ‘Kakure Kirishitan’?
  6. What is the significance of each of the 12 components of the property?
  7. Why did Japan lift the ban on Christianity in the 19th century?
  8. Can I learn the religions in Japan?
  9. Are there any similar Christian sites within Japan or in other countries?
  10. Why are only Catholic sites included in the property?
  11. Are church buildings not the components of the property?
  12. Are other Christian sites in Nagasaki Prefecture and Amakusa City not associated with the property?
  13. When will ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’ be inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List?

Questions about related information

  1. How can I go to the components of ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’?
  2. Are there any recommended sightseeing courses?
  3. Can I visit the components of ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’ anytime?
  4. Is there a charge for visit to the components of ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’?
  5. Are there any specific visiting rules in the components of ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’?
  6. Can I take photos within the property?

Questions about basic information on UNESCO World Heritage

  1. What is ‘World Heritage’?
  2. How many World Heritage sites are there in the world?
  3. How many World Heritage sites are there in Japan?

Questions about basic information on Catholicism and its believers

  1. What is the Catholic Church?
  2. How many Catholic church buildings are there in Nagasaki?
  3. How many Catholics are there in Nagasaki?
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