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Ōura Church, Nagasaki

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Religious Site
Visit the oldest church in Japan at Ōura Church. Built in 1864 to honour the 26 martyrs of Japan crucified back in the 16th century, the church remains a significant monument to the Christians of Japan, as whole Christian communities came out of hiding following its construction. Steep stairs lead you up to the church building, with a striking white marble statue of Mary in front of the entrance. Inside, you can read information in English elaborating on the history of the church, as well as a small museum displaying artifacts that survived religious persecution. To visit Ōura Church and get the most from your holiday in Nagasaki, create itinerary details personal to you using our Nagasaki travel itinerary planner.
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  • Didn't realize that we had to pay to visit this Catholic Church since it was part of our Nagasaki tour. Surprising that a Catholic Church would have an entrance fee. I realize that there is much histo...  more »
  • So much and every where is written of this church it makes one curious not to miss and then having arrived one is taken aback ! At the entrance you are asked to pay Yen 6000 per person Yen 5000 per pe...  more »
  • Better churches in the Philippines but i did not know why i paid an entrance fee. and its quite expensive. But other than that, the place is serene and a good place to pray.  more »
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  • I would suggest to skip this place and just have a look at the images: the entry fee of 600 ¥ for a visit that takes approximately 10 minutes and includes a small guide/ flyer with further information is quite expensive. In front of the church you will find a small garden with a pond and some statues. You wont find anything special in the church itself if you have seen a catholic church before.
  • “Great old church” Lots of history in this old church, in 1981 Pope John Paul visited and after which a bust of his holiness was displayed near a beautiful pond, it's a great old church that has been around for about 150 years.
  • Nice gothic chapel, can't take any photographs within the church
  • It is expensive and there is not much to see if you compare it with European churches. Nevertheless, the story of the church is very interesting and of the people who run it as well as the contrast of christian images with japanese kanjis and culture.
  • very first visit to a catholic church here in japan i was in tears reading the history of the place.