Northern Kyūshū’s national parks showcase the region’s numerous active volcanoes, spectacular mountain and coastal landscapes, countless islands, and steaming hot springs.
Up to the mid-19th century, Kashiragashima, a small, rocky island in Nagasaki’s Goto Island chain, was a place of quarantine, where contagious patients were sent to recover or, more likely, die. As a consequence, most healthy people avoided the place. Who can’t relate to that sentiment these days? But there was one group happy to settle on Kashiragashima and make a life for themselves.
Uncover the secret world of Japan’s “hidden Christians” through a pilgrimage to the 12 spots listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. by Mikas Matsuzawa…
4 days 3 nights in Japan: What to do, where to go in Saga and Nagasaki; Mikas Matsuzawa; Philstar.com
Here are some things you can do in Nagasaki City—named as one of the 10 best places to visit in Asia this year by Lonely Planet—with a stop at the nearby Saga prefecture whose hot spring town carries a thousand-year history. by Mikas Matsuzawa
UNESCO’s designation focuses on secret churches where hidden Christians, known as Kakure Kirishitan, worshiped in 10 remote villages in northwest Kyushu.
Japan’s Hidden Christian Sites of Nagasaki Designated UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site; Luxury Travel Magazine
The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added Japan’s Hidden Christian sites in the Nagasaki region to the World Cultural Heritage list. The decision by the World Heritage Committee brings to 22 the total number of Japan’s World Heritage sites: 18 cultural and four natural sites.
The dozen sites related to the persecution of Japan’s “Hidden Christians” have been awarded World Heritage status largely due to the fact that they show how Japanese believers protected their faith at all costs, experts say.
UNESCO has decided to add a dozen Christian locations in parts of southern Japan to its World Heritage list.Japan’s main religions are Shinto and Buddhism. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland in the sixth century.Christianity is among its minority religions, with around one percent of the population () claiming Christian belief or affiliation.