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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

Meiji Jingu Shrine

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
Around 30 minutes/170 yen

The National Museum of Western Artmore


The National Museum of Western Art

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.”

Around 10 minutes

Ameyoko(Shopping Street)more

Ameyoko(Shopping Street)

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.

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Haneda Airport

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Nagasaki Airportmore

Nagasaki Airport

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 Around 35 minutes
Taxi Nagasaki Shinchi → Oura Cathedral Around 5 minutes

Hashima Island (Gunkanjima, Battleship Island)more

Hashima Island (Gunkanjima, Battleship Island)

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.

Oura Kaigan Dori → Nagasaki Station Around 10 minutes, 120 yen

Nagasaki City
The Hotel Nagasaki or Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel and Resort


Nagasaki City
The Hotel Nagasaki or Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel and Resort

Oura Cathedralmore


Oura Cathedral

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.

Train Oura Tenshutou Shita → Nagasaki Station Around 15 minutes

Nagasaki Eki-mae
↓ (85 minutes)
Sasebo Bus Center
↓ (80 minutes)
Hirado Sanbashi Bus Center
↓ (5 minutes on foot)
Matsura Historical Museum

Matsura Historical Museummore

Matsura Historical Museum

The Matsura Historical Museum is housed in the impressive residence that belonged to the Matsura clan, who ruled Hirado island from the 11th to the 19th century, and prospered though international trade.
Inside the museum, you can dress up in armor or a kimono, and admire the treasures of the Matsura clan. You can also enjoy tea made in the style of the samurai tea ceremony and authentic sweets in the thatched tea ceremony house. As you drink, feel 400 years of tradition in this building nestled amid a quiet natural setting, where the only sounds are the songs of the birds and the bamboo swaying with the breeze.

In Hirado City
(Scheduled to stay in Saigetsuan)


In Hirado City
(Scheduled to stay in Saigetsuan)

↓ Taxi (10 minutes)
Hirado Sanbashi Bus Center
↓ Bus (80 minutes)
Sasebo Bus Center
↓ Bus (25 minutes)
Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort

Kujukushima (“Ninety-Nine Islands”)more

Kujukushima (“Ninety-Nine Islands”)

Kujukushima (“Ninety-Nine Islands”) is the collective name for the 208 tiny islands located in the Saikai National Park. The sparkling ocean here contains treasures such as pearls and oysters, and the evening views from Yumiharidake appeared in the movie “The Last Samurai” as a symbol of the beauty of the Japanese coast.
At the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, the focal point of your “Ninety-Nine Islands” adventure, you can enjoy a trip on an excursion boat or a kayak, or visit the aquarium “Umikirara” to get a close look at the aquatic creatures that live around the islands.

Pearl Sea Resort
↓ 25 minutes
Sasebo Bus Center
↓ 80 minutes
Nagasaki Airport

Nagasaki Airport

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Haneda Airport

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