26 Martyrs Memorial


This memorial wall has reliefs of the 26 Christians – six Spanish friars and 20 Japanese – crucified in 1597 during a harsh crackdown. The youngest killed were boys aged 12 and 13. Behind the memorial is a simple museum with Christianity-related displays. The memorial is a 10-minute walk from JR Nagasaki Station.

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1. 26 Martyrs Museum

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Just next door to the memorial wall that honours the memory of 26 Christians murdered here in the 16th century, this museum houses Christianity-related…

2. Fukusai-ji Kannon

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This temple takes the form of a huge turtle carrying an 18m-high figure of the goddess Kannon on its back. Inside, a Foucault pendulum (demonstrating the…

3. Shōfuku-ji

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4. Nagasaki Museum of History & Culture

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5. Suwa-jinja

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6. Megane-bashi

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7. Nagasaki Ropeway

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8. Nakashima-gawa Bridges

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