In the Teppō-machi area, northwest of the castle, are bukeyashiki (samurai houses) set along a pretty, 450m-long gravel road with 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...
Off Shimabara's central arcade, this delightful, Meiji-era teahouse features a lovely garden, spring-fed pond and obsessive collection...
This polished restaurant across from the castle serves Shimabara's best-known dish, guzōni (¥980), a clear broth with mochi (pounded...
Lonely Planet review
Built between 1618 and 1625, the five-storey, hilltop Shimabara Castle was ruled mostly by the Matsudaira Clan since the 1660s, played a part in the Shimabara Rebellion and was rebuilt in 1964. Amid carp ponds, tangled gardens, almost 4km of mossy walls, picturesque pines and staff dressed in period costumes, the grounds house four museums . Most notable is the main castle, displaying arms, armour and items relating to the Christian uprising with English explanations; and Seibō Kinenkan , dedicated to the work of native son Kitamura Seibō, sculptor of the Nagasaki Peace Statue.