History Course

History Course

Recommendation short course

  • START JR Nagasaki Station
  • walk 5 min
    1
    Suggested Time
    15min
    Nihon Nijuroku Seijin Junkyochi

    Site of the Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

    The sad history of the martyrdom is commemorated at this Memorial Hall
    In 1962, in commemoration of the centennial of the Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan that occurred on Nishizaka hill, the Memorial Relief of the Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan was constructed concurrently with the adjoining Saint Filippo Nishizaka Church. The Memorial Hall that stands quietly behind the life-sized bronze statues of the 26 saints is divided into two themes - things handed down from Christian times and things created today in order to clarify history. It introduces the history of Christianity from the time of Saint Frances Xavier's visit until the Meiji period. Exhibitions include a letter by the priest Nakaura Julien from the Tenshou youth facility, letters addressed to Portugal's King John III from Saint Francis Xavier, the record of the battle of Shimabara, the Maria Kannon sculpture, and a bronze Pieta from the 16th century, as well as frescoes and Japanese paintings.
    Business Hours 09:00-17:00
    Days Closed for Business December 31-January 2.
    Price Adults: \250, Aged 12-17: \150, Aged 6-11: \100
    Directions4 minutes'walk from Nagasaki Eki-Mae Streetcar Stop
  • walk 11 min
    2
    Suggested Time
    1hour
    Nagasaki Rekishi Bunkka Hakubutsukan

    Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture

    Built in the Suwa area, this museum contains many valuable items such as historical documents related to foreign cultural exchange, art, and ancient manuscripts. A recreation of a part of the Nagasaki Magistrate’s Tateyama Office is also inside the museum.
    Website http://www.nmhc.jp/global/english_leaf.pdf
    Business Hours 08:30-19:00
    throughout the year, except the 3rd Tuesday of the month (or 3rd Wednesday if 3rd Tuesday is a national holiday).
    Price Adult : JPY600
    Elementary, Middle and High school student : JPY300
    Directions5 minutes'walk from Sakura-Machi Streetcar Stop
  • walk 10 min
    3
    Suggested Time
    30min
    Megane Bashi

    Megane-Bashi (Spectacles Bridge)

    One of the renowned stone bridges spanning the Nakajima River, the lifeblood of Nagasaki
    In 1570, during the period of national isolation when Dejima was established upon the opening of the Port of Nagasaki, the Nakajima River's importance to trade made it the central artery of the city. In 1634, Japan's first Chinese-style stone bridge, the Spectacle Bridge, was constructed by Mokusunyoujo, the second-generation Chinese monk of Kofukuji Temple, Japan's oldest Chinese Temple. The bridge gets its name from its resemblance to a pair of spectacles when the arches of the bridges are reflected as ovals on the surface of the river. This bridge, along with Edo's Nihonbashi Bridge and Iwakuni's Kintaikyou Bridge, are considered the three most famous bridges in Japan. Although it is not well known, Spectacles Bridge was the inspiration for the Double Bridge of the Imperial Palace. By the end of the 17th century, following the construction of the Spectacles Bridge, numerous stone bridges were built for many of the roads that join the Nakashima River. It is said that these stone bridges were only constructed on roads that lead to temples when one stands at Teramachi.
    Price Free of charge
    Directions5 minutes'walk from Kokaido-Mae Streetcar Stop
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