Top Choice Castle in Shimabara


Hilltop Shimabara Castle was ruled mostly by the Matsudaira Clan from the 1660s, played a part in the Shimabara Rebellion and was rebuilt in 1964. Amid lotus ponds, tangled gardens, almost 4km of mossy walls, pictur…
Top Choice Buildings in Shimabara

Samurai Houses

In the Teppō-machi area, northwest of the castle, are buke yashiki (samurai houses) set along a pretty, 450m-long gravel road with a stream down the middle. Most of the houses are currently inhabited, but several ar…
Tourist Information in Unzen

Mt Unzen Visitors Centre

The Mt Unzen Visitors Centre has displays on volcanoes, flora and fauna, and information in English.
Cable Car in Unzen

Cable Car

This cable car gets you close to a shrine and the summit of Myōken-dake (1333m), from where the hike via Kunimi-wakare takes just under two hours return.
Museum in Shimabara


The grounds of Shimabara-jō 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 (西望記 念館), dedicated…
Museum in Shimabara

Gamadas Dome Mt Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall

About 4km south of the town centre, this excellent high-tech museum about the 1991 eruption and vulcanology in general is plonked eerily at the base of the lava flow. Get the free English audioguide, and visit the d…
Statue in Shimabara


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 Buddha in Japan.
Notable Building in Shimabara

City Office

Museum in Shimabara

Seibō Kinenkan

Seibō Kinenkan is dedicated to the work of native son Kitamura Seibō, sculptor of the Nagasaki Peace Statue.