After appreciating artworks and its architectural and historical building at The National Museum of Western Art in the Ueno Park, Tokyo, take in the Oura Tenshudo, a Catholic church located in Nagasaki prefecture. It's considered the oldest existing Christian church in Japan, and was the first Western building designated as a national treasure. This journey will fully gratifies you with the historic beauty of arts and buildings.

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Meiji Jingu Shrinemore

The shrine was established in 1920 as a dedication to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and the Empress Dowager Shōken. The extensive forest around the shrine in the center of the city was created artificially by planting a hundred thousand trees donated from people all over the country.
The shrine attracts the greatest number of worshippers every year during "hatsumode" over the New Year period.

JR Yamanote Line
Yoyogi Station → Ueno Station
About 40 minutes / 170 yen

The National Museum of Western Artmore


A museum specializing in Western art located in Ueno Park in Taito Ward, Tokyo.
The main building was registered as a World Cultural Heritage on July 17, 2016 as an architectural asset of “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement.”

About 10 minutes

Ameyoko (Shopping Street)more

A shopping street full of life now and in the old days, in addition to fresh food and candy, it also has shops offering clothes, shoes, bags, and even cosmetics. The good-humored vendors of each shop are firm supporters of face-to-face interaction. The area is always lively with vendors calling out to potential customers. While it is famous for fish and crabs, apart from grocers, there are countless shops that carry shoes, clothing, and even international knick-knacks.

About 10 minutes

Sutton Place Hotel Ueno



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Nagasaki Airportmore

Nagasaki Airport is an international airport with regular flights to Shanghai and Seoul.
It was the first airport in the world to be built in the ocean from reclaimed land.
The tourist information desk on the first floor provides information covering the entire prefecture of Nagasaki.

Highway bus : Nagasaki Airport→Nagasaki Shinchi, about 35 minutes
Tram : Nagasaki Shinchi China Town (Tsukimachi Station) → Oura Tenshudou Shita Station, about 5 minutes

Oura Cathedralmore


The Oura Cathedral is the oldest church in Japan and the first and only Minor Basilica in Japan.
French missionary Furet designed the church, while French Bishop Petitjean served as its first Catholic priest. Construction was supervised by Koyama Hidenoshin. The church was completed at the end of 1864 and officially opened in February the following year. In March 1865, the hidden Christians of Urakami visited and proclaimed their belief. After 250 years of harsh persecution.
The church was designated as a national treasure in 1933, but was partly damaged in the atomic bombing of World War II. In 1953, it was once again designated as a national treasure for being the oldest existing church in Japan. The church is a candidate to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2019.

5 minutes on foot

Hashima(Gunkanjima, Battleship island)more

This island was once site of an undersea coal mine. It is also known as Gunkanjima (battleship Island) because the sight of island’s high standing walls of steel reinforced concrete appears like a battleship.
At the height of mine production in 1960, some 5,300 people lived on the island. Coal from the mine supported Japan’s modernization, but the mine closed in 1974 after Japan switched its main form of energy to petroleum. Today the island is uninhabited.
In 2015, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list as part of Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining. It also featured in the movie Skyfall.

The Hotel Nagasaki or Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort


The Hotel Nagasaki or Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort

Nagasaki Station→Isahaya Station
20 minutes

Shimabara Railway
Isahaya Station→Shimabara Station
70 minutes

City of Swimming Carpmore

The Shinmachi area located below Shimabara Castle is a number of natural springs and a canal that spans 100 meters in length. It is known by the name Koi-No-Oyogu-Machi, or the City of Swimming Carp. This former castle town where colorful carp swim offers Shimeiso, where you can enjoy tea made from the spring water of the water garden, Yusuikan, where you can experience making kanzarashi, a traditional sweet, and at Seiryutei, which is a free rest area and information center where visitors can relax as they listen to the flowing sounds of the spring water.

Samurai Residence→Unzen Hell
30 minutes by car or bus

Unzen Hellmore

Unzen Hell is a famous tourist destination within Unzen Hot Springs, chosen as the number one hot springs in Kyushu by tourists from around the world. It is located in Japan’s first national park, Unzen-Amakusa National Park. The area is covered in the aroma of sulfur, steam billowing from underground, and steam clouds hovering around, making it look like a scene from hell.
Visitors can explore on foot around 30 different hells free of charge, including Daikyokan Hell, Ohimo Hell, and Seishichi Hell. There is also a monument dedicated to those who martyred, which appeared in the opening scene of the movie Silence.

Miyazaki Ryokan or Fukudaya


Miyazaki Ryokan or Fukudaya

Shimatetsu Bus Unzen Station→Isahaya Station 80 minutes
Isahaya Station→Nagasaki Airport 45 minutes

Nagasaki Airport

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