Built between 1618 and 1625, the five-storey, hilltop Shimabara Castle was ruled mostly by the Matsudaira Clan since the 1660s, played a...
In the cemetery of Kōtō-ji Buddhist temple (江東寺) is this tranquil Nirvana statue, dating from 1957. At 8.6m, it's the longest reclining...
For a quick break, this city-owned former villa sits on stilts over a spring-fed pond. No charge for entry or a cup of tea.
This polished restaurant across from the castle serves Shimabara's best-known dish, guzōni (¥980), a clear broth with mochi (pounded...
513 Yorozumachi · interesting places nearby
Shimabara Mizuyashiki information
Off Shimabara's central arcade, this delightful, Meiji-era teahouse features a lovely garden, spring-fed pond and obsessive collection of maneki-neko (lucky cat) figurines from all over Japan, some for sale. The enthusiastic owner has created a detailed walking map of sights and restaurants in town.