Ōura Church, Nagasaki

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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. Make Ōura Church part of your personalized Nagasaki itinerary using our Nagasaki trip planner .
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  • When I visited here two years ago when I became a World Heritage Site, the exterior was grayish. I was surprised that it was pure white this time. Although the admission fee was 600 yen, I was surprised to see that the eyeballs popped up to 1000 yen. However, please go once even if you pay by all means. First of all, the booklet "Oura Cathedral Story" is thick and good. The church is also beautiful... However, perhaps because of the increase in tourists in recent years, the solemn atmosphere inside the church is halved. The building of the museum and the contents are good. You should watch every corner. You should not only experience the exterior of Oura Cathedral, but also inside.
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  • The first impression is too beautiful, maybe because I always look at temples and so on, it's too beautiful for a historic building... The entrance fee was 1000 yen, and the glover garden was about 500 yen, so I feel that it is expensive.
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  • It was a smaller church than I thought. The stained glass inside is wonderful. Because it is a building with various history, you may be able to enjoy it more if you study a little before going.
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  • Apart from the historical importance itself, the building is not particularly significant (architecturally speaking). Besides it's a 1000 yen ticket. Better take a picture from the outside.
  • The entrance fee is 1000 yen, which is quite pricey, but do come here if you want to learn more about the history of Christianity in Japan! There's a lot of interesting facts about the growth of Christianity and how that affects many aspects of Japanese culture. No need to worry about not being able to read Japanese, they provide a good and detailed brochure in English about this place, and related information regarding the subject around Nagasaki.
  • The ticket fee is ¥1000, which is absurd. As with most historical churches in Japan, pictures are forbidden in the church interior. That being said, Oura Church is the oldest extant church in Japan. It is quite beautiful. It is dedicated to the 26 Martyrs of Japan, and a museum next to the church gives a brief overview of the tumultuous history of Christianity in Japan. Included with the ticket is a booklet giving a more detailed history of Christianity in Nagasaki. Oura Church is one of the most interesting and beautiful attractions in Nagasaki, but the price is shameful.
  • I will admit, the entrance fee is expensive. It has been raised quite a bit since 2015, but overall I still enjoyed coming to this church. If you know the history of the Nagasaki's catholics, this church has huge cultural signifigance. The courtyard beneath the church is very nice as well. It's a literally a japanese garden with catholic accents.
  • We were blessed to celebrate Mass at the beautiful Oura Church on the 4th if July. This is the oldest church in Japan and recently recognized as a World Cultural Site. Such a wonderful experience.
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