Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site 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…
Top Choice Castle in Shimabara

Shimabara-jō

This hilltop castle was ruled mostly by the Matsudaira clan from the 1660s, played a part in the Shimabara Rebellion, and was rebuilt in 1964. As well as lotus ponds, tangled gardens, almost 4km of mossy walls, and …
Museum in Shimabara

Gamadas Dome Mt Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall

About 4km south of the town centre, this excellent high-tech museum is larger than many a good-sized city's city hall. It focuses on the 1991 eruption and vulcanology in general, and is plonked eerily at the base of…
Statue in Shimabara

Nehan-zō

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.
Museum in Shimabara

Seibō Kinenkan

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