Kamigoto 3: Kashiragashima Church

Church on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

By Takako Sakamoto    - 2 min read

Kashiragashima had been uninhabited until Domingo Mori Matsujiro moved to escape the government's oppression of Christians in 1859. He later established a temporary church with a missionary school for Japanese youth, which was the beginning of the Kashiragashima Church. The construction started in 1910, and was completed in 1919, This church is one of the rare stone churches in Japan. It's one of the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki, which are now on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. It was also designated as an important national asset in 2001.


Nagasaki's Kamigoto Island Series
1. Ebukuro Church  2. Aosagaura Church  3. Kashiragashima Church
4. Ryoma Memorial Park  5. The Beauty of Kamigoto Island  6. Hotel Margherita

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

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