Waterfront Odaiba brings in the crowds for its 21st century shopping and leisure amenities.
Despite the ultramodern atmosphere, the cannon batteries were built there to defend against the threat of Commodore Perry's black ships in 1853.
Beyond the cannon batteries ("daiba") which give the island its name are the beautiful arches of Rainbow Bridge.
Odaiba, with a blend of old and new that make it one of Tokyo's top tourist hotspots, is also a spectacular sight from the water.
Amakusa is an archipelago of some 120 islands.
Sakitsu village is known as the location of a number of heritage sites related to the Hidden Christians.
The grand Sakitsu Church is the symbol of this port town.
It is a most distinguished building established nearly 100 years ago.
An inscrutable place peppered with the vestiges of the Hidden Christians like graveyards, villages and statues of Shiro Amakusa, leader of the Christians' Shimabara Uprising.