Church Spots in Japan

  • Tokyo Camii and Turkish Culture Center
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Oyamachou 1-19
    The largest mosque in Japan, Tokyo Camii stands along Inokashira-dori Street in Oyama-cho, Shibuya City, Tokyo. In addition to five prayer services each day, Tokyo Camii also conducts wedding ceremonies, worship workshops, and other events. In addition, Camii actively seeks to provide information on Islam-during prayer times, the mosque is open to visitors who wish to view the building (parties of five or more require an advance reservation) and a guided tour in Japanese is provided during the 14:30 prayer on Saturdays and Sundays.

    You can perform your prayer when you come here. this building have 5 floor. they provide male prayer room and female prayer room as well

  • Hakodate Orthodox Church
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 3-13
    With the beautiful contrast between its green roof and white walls, Hakodate Orthodox Church was Japan’s first Russian Orthodox church. It is located at the top of Daimi-saka going up from Benten Suehiro-dori Street. The current church was built in 1916 to replace the original church that was burnt down in the great fire in Hakodate in the Meiji period, and it was subsequently designated as an Important Cultural Property. In 1996, the sound of the bell in the tower was chosen as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.

    Beautiful architecture built in 1860, this is accessible from the Daikan Zaka slope. This church was originally built as a chapel attached to the first Russian Consulate. The original church was...

  • Urakami Cathedral
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Motomachi 1-79
    This Cathedral of the Catholic Church is located to the north of Nagasaki City. Its story began in the Edo period, with the ban on Christianity and the persecution of believers who lived in Urakami. The cathedral was built during the Meiji and Taisho periods. It was, however, later destroyed by the atomic bomb, leaving only a single wall standing, and the present building is a reconstruction of the original cathedral, built in 1959. It is located 5 minutes' walk from the Heiwa Koen (Peace Park) tram stop.

    Only 500 yards from ground zero, this church was almost obliterated by the bomb in 1945. Only a corner was left standing, which was moved to the Ground Zero Park. Rebuilt now, its something of a...

  • Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Nikorai-do)
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kanda Surugadai 4-1-3
    A Christian church located close to Shin-Ochanomizu Station in Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda City. The church's popular name, the Nikolai-do, is derived from St. Nicholas of Japan, who proselytized for the Orthodox church in Japan. Construction of the church was completed in 1891. The church was later restored after being damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and in 1962 it was designated a National Important Cultural Property. The church permits visitors to view the interior outside of worship times as well (persons of junior high school age and older must pay a donation fee to view the church).

    I liked the view of this place. It was maintained well. Place was neat and clean. Architecture is nice.

  • Motomachi Roman Catholic Church
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 15-30
    Motomachi Roman Catholic Church is distinguished by its Gothic-style architecture and large bell-tower. The Church that visitors see today was rebuilt in 1924 after a fire. Having originally been built shortly after the restrictions on Christian proselytizing in Japan were relaxed, Motomachi Roman Catholic Church’s long history makes it one of the oldest congregations in Japan. To reach the Church, take the Hakodate Streetcar service and get off at the Jujigai Stop in Motomachi, near Mt. Hakodate; the Church is around 10 minutes’ walk from the Jujigai Stop.

    Walk up the Daisan Zaka slope and you will see this Motomachi Catholic Church which was started by a French missionary with a temporary church hall in 1867. You will see a rooster at the top of the...

  • Tabira Catholic Church
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Tabirachoukotedamen 19
    This church is located in Kotedamen, Tabira-cho, Hirado City. A church built by believers who moved from Kuroshima and overseas after 1886 and whose temporary building was a private house, the permanent building was completed in 1918 from the donation of accumulated money from worshippers. The last brick church designed by Yosuke Tetsukawa, who helped design many churches in Nagasaki, it has been designated a nationally important cultural property. You must contact them in advance for tours.

    You have to make reservation before your visit. A very small church, with only wooden columns, but the stained glasses, depicted with many different bible stories are the highlight. Light reflection...

  • Himonya Catholic Church (Salesian Fathers of Don Bosco)
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    Tokyo Meguro-ku Himonya 1-26-24
    A friendly-looking white catholic church dedicated to Saint Mary which was founded in the Edo period. Inside, there are beautiful white marble statues depicting the Pieta, Don Bosco, and Our Lady of Lourdes. When visiting for the first time, mention this fact at the entrance to receive an explanation of the church's rules and proper etiquette.

    This church is popular for celebrity weddings but I have yet to find that is offers service for regular folk; maybe I am wrong but every time I pass it the church is closed. Isnt a church a kind...

  • Matsugamine Catholic Church
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    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Matsugamine 1-1-5
    This church is located in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. Built from Oya-ishi stone, the church is known as being one of the largest Romanesque buildings still in existence. It has also been chosen as a national Registered Tangible Cultural Property by the Japanese government. Visitors can tour the church and its grounds. The church is not just visited by many tourists; it is also used as a venue for weddings and other events by locals.

    This church is built with stones from the Oya Quarry. Othere than its stones relevance, the church is just like any other modern churches. The church is within a short walking distance from Tobu...

  • Tsuwano Catholic Church
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    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda B 66 - 7
    Tsuwano Catholic Church, with its eye-catching Western Gothic style exterior, was built by a German priest in 1931. The inside of the church is a mix of both Western and Japanese influences with tatami flooring and impressive stained glass windows. Many Japanese Christians were persecuted and tortured for their religious beliefs at the Otome Pass in Tsuwano by the government during the Edo and Meiji periods from 1868 to 1872. Next to the Tsuwano Catholic Church is the Otome Pass Exhibition Room with exhibits on the persecution. The nearest station is Tsuwano Station.

    I was here last January 15, 2020. I took the shinkansen from Kokura station to Shin Yamaguchi . Transferred to the Limited Express train Super Oki and reached Tsuwano station an hour after leaving...

  • Shitsu Church
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Nishishitsumachi 2633
    "This church is included in the ""Shitsu Village of Sotome"" collection of cultural assets included under the ""Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region"" World Heritage listing. The church was completed in 1879 and was constructed by father Marc Marie de Rotz, who visited Shitsu in 1879, and local believers. The church is notable for its white plaster walls and its low roof, a design choice made due to the area's strong winds. Visitors interested in viewing the church must make contact in advance."

    There is a good castella shop on the approach to this church. Other than that, not all too much to see here. To the learned visiter of course there is a lot more to it as this church represents the...

  • Catholic Hirosaki Church
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    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Hyakkokumachikouji 20
    Located around five minutes’ walk to the east of Hirosaki Park, Catholic Hirosaki Church was built in 1910. It was constructed in the Romanesque style, with a spire, and with prominent pillars at the left and right corners of the front face. The oak-wood altar that faces the door at the far end of the interior was a gift from the Church of St. Thomas in Amsterdam; the altar was made in 1866, and won an award for its design at an exhibition held in Antwerp, Belgium.

    This is a small Catholic Church, capable of holding no more than 120 people. The architecture is European in style. Inside, the altar is beautiful, so are the stained colour windows. There are no...

  • Catholic Tsuruoka Church
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    60 Reviews
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    Yamagata Tsuruoka-shi Babacho 7-19
    Tsuruoka Catholic Cathedral is located a five-minute walk from the Shiyakusho (City Hall) mae bus stop on the bus line from Tsuruoka Station. It is a beautiful church with a red roof and white walls, designed by Father Papineau and completed in 1903. A masterpiece of Meiji (1868–1912) period Romanesque architecture. On one of its altars stands the only statue of the Black Madonna in Japan and one of the few in the world. Another feature unique among Japanese churches is that its pictorial windows are not made of stained glass but of pictures painted on transparent paper pressed between two panes of glass.

    Black Madonnas are very unusual in Japan and it is even more unusual to find one in such a small city as Tsuruoka. This little church is very simple and small. The wooden floor and the red carpet...

  • Hirosaki Church, United Church of Christ in Japan
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    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Mototeramachi 48
    A church built by the Hirosaki Methodist Church in 1906. Located close to Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden, the wooden building’s gothic style architecture with two towers is an extremely rare example constructed during the Meiji period. A variety of traditional crafts were used in the decorate of the church as well. The pulpit and communion table are painted Tsugaru-nuri lacquer, and the donation baskets are traditional woven vine work. Visitors are permitted, but not when staff are not present or during church events.

    I had seen the 1/10th scale building and bumped into it in the middle of my walk-about. I did not enter for it isnt my faith and i was heading somewhere else. It is is large enough to see.

  • Aosagaura Church
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    53 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Minamimatsuragunshinkamigotouchou Namagou 1241
    This cathedral is located in Namago, Shinkamigoto Town, Minami-matsuura County. The first church building was built around 1878, and the current third generation building was built in 1910. Designed by Yosuke Tetsukawa, known for helping with the construction of many churches in Nagasaki, believers are said to have made and carried the bricks from the coast. It has been designated a nationally important cultural property.

    I visited this brick church by taxi tour. This is the 3rd church built in this site and a national important cultural property. Stained glasses were especially beautiful. It is a pity that this...

  • Catholic Kurosaki Church
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    43 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Kamikurosakimachi 26
    "This church is located in Kamikurosaki-machi, Nagasaki City. Its construction began under the guidance of Father de Rotz in 1897 and was completed in 1920. It is a brick church made by the hands of believers. The land of Kurosaki is known as the stage for the novel ""Silence"" written by Shusaku Endo."

    This is a relatively newer and larger red brick Romanesque church located just above the national road as you drive towards central Nagasaki City from the Ohno and Shitsu area which are components of...

  • Toyohashi Orthodox Church
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    35 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Toyohashishi Hacchoudori 3-15
    The Toyohashi Orthodox Church is a white church with a green spire in Hachodori Town, Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture. It was built as a Russian Orthodox cathedral church in 1920, the oldest Orthodox church in Aichi Prefecture. The wooden building is constructed in the Byzantine style, sparsely decorated, simple and elegant. Many works of art are preserved in the church, including the religious paintings by famous icon painter, Rin Yamashita. The building is a National Important Cultural Property.

    There is the distinct orthodox architecture seen in this church building which seems out of place in this city much like the one in Hakkodate. Unfortunately this church eas closed when we were there...

  • Miyazu Catholic Church
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    24 Reviews
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    Kyoto Miyazu-shi Miyamoto
    This catholic church was built in 1896 by the French priest Jean Louis Relave. The Romanesque church blends elements of Western and Japanese architecture such as a French-style exterior and an interior with Japanese tatami mat flooring and Parisian stained glass. The beautiful church is an excellent example of mid-Meiji architecture. It is closed to visitors during mass.

    It is the oldest active Catholic church in Japan. You can also get inside and look at the interior. The stained glass windows were uniquely built, combining French and Japanese architecture. Very...

  • Karuizawa Kogen Church
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    Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa Town Hoshino
    This church full of history and located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County Nagano Prefecture began in 1921 as a small wooden building, and was the origin of the Free Education of Art Salon  movement that attracted cultured people such as Hakushu Kitahara and Toson Shimazaki. The building, which is enveloped in the nature of Karuizawa, is characteristic for its pointy triangular roof. As a church that is open to all people, it holds gospel worship every Sunday and events in accordance with the season. It is also popular as a place for resort weddings.
  • Kyoto Orthodox Church (Kyoto Cathedral of the Annunciation)
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Yanagi Baba Tousu Nijo climb 6-283
    The Kyoto Eastern Orthodox Church is located in a quiet residential area coming out of Yanaginobanba-dori Street from Oike-dori Street. As the center for the propagation of the Greek Orthodox Church across western Japan it was completed in 1903 and as a genuine Russian / Byzantine construction church it is has been designated one of Kyoto’s Important Cultural Properties. The highlight is the cathedral’s iconostasis inlayed with 30 icons made in the era of the Russian Empire. However, to see it one must arrange in advance.

    京都市中央区柳馬場通二条を上がった右側にあります。日本正教会の現存する聖堂・会堂のうち最古の聖堂とのことです。ロシアビザンチン様式の白い建物の上には十字架が青空に突き出すように建っています。 京都市指定文化財となっています。

  • Sakitsu Church
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    Kumamoto Amakusa-shi Kawauramachi Sakitsu 539
    "A Gothic style church reconstructed in 1934. The composed and dignified building has a spire with a crucifix on top. The chapel's floor is covered with tatami mats, which is rare in Japan. The ""hidden Christians"" from the hamlet of Sakitsu on Yokaku Bay maintained their faith for nearly 240 years in the face of intense persecution that started with the complete ban of the religion in 1638. Also known as the ""Church of the Sea,"" the whole fishing port area where it stands was selected as an Important National Cultural Landscape in 2011."

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