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The top five attractions in the Shimabara region.
1. Shimabara Castle
Shimabara Castle, built over a period of seven years beginning in the year 1618, has been restored and is host to museums and historically significant bronze statues. Shimabara City can be seen from the castle tower. Visitors are encouraged to wear ninja and samurai costumes as you slip back into historical Japan.
2. Old Samurai Houses
Experience the dwellings of famous samurai from the Edo era of Japan. Traditional residences exist, even now, with tatami rooms, roofs of straw, and gardens filled with exquisite fruit trees and fauna hearkening back to historical times. To visit this area is to know historical Japan.
3. The Town of Swimming Carp
A unique aspect of Shimabara City is the 100 meter long waterway, filled with colorful carp. Be sure not to miss the unique experience of seeing these fish throughout the city. These waters are recognized as one of the “hundred famous waters” of Japan for good reason.
4. The Shimabara Mayuyama Road
If you have the opportunity to drive while visiting this area...the Shimabara Mayuyama Road is an experience not to be missed. You can feel the natural significance of the area as you view the results of the Mount Fugen eruption of 1991. It is said that Mount Mayu protected the city of Shimabara from volcanic eruption. Visit the Dome or the Heisei Shinzan Nature Center for more information about this famous event.
5. Hot Springs
Thanks to the volcanic activity of the region, the Shimabara Peninsula is home to many Onsen(Hot Spring). Several of these onsens are available for a simple, drop-in visit. Experience these Onsen with the locals of the region and understand why the Shimabara region is truly blessed.
Shimabara Guide Station
Upon arrival, brochures are available in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese.
Shimabara Tourism Bureau
7-5 Shimokawashiri-cho Shimabara-shi Nagasaki prefecture