Oura Catholic Church
Oura Catholic Church
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The oldest wooden Gothic church in Japan was built for the exclusive use of foreign residents.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Frank H
Morecambe, UK101 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
As a practising Catholic, when ever visiting an area, I always make a point of searching for the local church. Never, at anytime or anywhere, have I been charged to enter. Till I happened upon here. Don't waste your money. Even though it no longer has a mass, it shouldn't be turned in to a money making scheme, if people want to leave a donation, fine. But don't make it mandatory, blasphemous.
Written March 30, 2018
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Feel Fukuoka Japan
Kyushu, Japan184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
You can find this church close to Glover Garden. It is nicely maintained and one of the most popular tourist sites in Nagasaki. To get to the church you have to climb many stairs so be sure to be in good shape.
Written June 24, 2019
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Lambretta101
Gourock, UK3,783 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
Small wooden Catholic Church that even if was free to entry would be a waist of time. My suggestion is to keep on walking and use the time and money you save to have a tea in the Tea House within Glover Garden
Written January 17, 2018
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Chuzaa
Vancouver, Canada3,514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015
Oura Catholic Church

This Catholic church is officially known as the Church of the Twenty-six Japanese Martyrs to commemorate the twenty six Christians in Japan who were rounded up from various places in Western Japan and eventually executed in Nagasaki in 1597. Designed by French Fathers Louis-Theodore Furet and Bernard-Thadée Petitjean, who started this church for French and other Catholic followers in Nagasaki. It was built by a Japanese carpenter Hidenoshin Koyama.

Unfortunately, no photo was allowed inside the church buildings.

The church has a moving story that took place right in this building. In 1865 when Christianity was still banned in Japan by the Tokugawa Shogunate, some kakura-Kirishitan (underground Christians, or Christians who hid their faith during the Tokugawa period) visited and confessed their faith to Priest Petitjean and asked for an image of Saint Mary. A special monument about this incident is found at the lower square near the church building.

Even though Japan was officially opened to the rest of the world in mid 19th century, the prohibition on Christian faith by the Japanese people was still in place. So, those who confessed their hidden Christian faith were immediately apprehended by the Japanese authorities and sent to prisons in various places in Western Japan. The prohibition was reluctantly lifted by the new Meiji government in 1873 with strong protests coming from the Western powers.

The Twenty-six Japanese Martyrs were canonized in 1862 by Pope Pius IX.

The church building is a small wooden structure that imitated a European Cathedral building, but with the story like this and Christian images, stained glass windows make a visit truly worthwhile.
Written May 16, 2015
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olafoomes
Amstelveen, The Netherlands1,671 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
According the information this is the oldest Christian church still standing today. Might be so but I considered the ¥ 1.000,-- entrance fee too excessive to enter the church itself. From the outside it did not look that special nor impressive either.
Written October 26, 2018
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Anouk v
Melbourne, Australia77 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
The entrance fee is really expensive and you only get to see the church, which is disappointing since it is very simple.
Written April 4, 2017
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freedml
Los Angeles, CA156 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Looks interesting from the outside but not much to see inside and the 600 yen entry fee is outrageous.
Written March 3, 2017
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Raju T
16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Having heard that the most passionate Catholics in Japan are located in Nagasaki, I had high hopes for this church. I paid my 600 yen entrance fee, entered and then my ears were immediately bombarded by this non-stop recording on the church's history. I was confused because the sign at the entrance said that visitors had to be respectful to others praying but how could playing such a recording be *respectful*? In fact, I saw an elderly woman with her hands in prayer. How she managed to connect with God with that racket going on, I have no idea! The architecture of the church is plain at best; nothing like what you would see in Europe. If you would like a place to pray and can deal with the noise, I would say "yes" go. But, otherwise, don't bother, and spend your 600 yen on some castella cake instead.
Written April 18, 2016
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YS @
London, UK118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Located just a stroll away from Glover Gardens is the Oura Catholic Church.

You need to pay a nominal entrance fee to enter the church compounds.

Very nice historical church that gives you an idea how the Catholic faith was first introduced in Nagasaki.

We enjoyed the exhibit area that had exhibits displaying artifacts. We found particularly interesting illustrations and pictures portraying an inter-mix of the Catholic faith with Japanese culture.

The exit of the exhibit area leads to the entrance of Glover Gardens.
Written May 20, 2015
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harle l
58 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Need to pay to go inside the church. Did not find the church that special or spectacular. Clover gardens was much better.
Written March 17, 2015
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