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  • Catholic Tsuruoka Church
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Babachou 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...

  • 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.

    just walk around & take some picture as not much special of this church but outlook is still beautiful

  • Egami Church
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    Nagasaki Pref. Gotoushi Narumachiokushi 1131-2
    "A church located in Okushi, Naru-machi, Goto City. The church is included in the ""Egami Village on Naru Island UNESCO World Heritage listing, a part of the overarching ""Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region"" site. The church began operating in 1881; the current building was constructed in 1918 through the donation of funds gathered through dragnet fishing conducted by parishioners. Visitors who wish to view the church must make contact in advance."
  • Ono Church
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Shimoonomachi 2619
    "A church located in Shimoono-machi, Nagasaki City. The church is a part of the ""Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region"" World Heritage listing. The church was built by father Marc Marie de Rotz and 26 families in Ono Village believed to be descendants of the Koteda family, who fled Hirado Domain after being pressured to apostatize. The simple stone church resembles a family home. Visitors who wish to view the church must make contact in advance."
  • Former Gorin Church
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    Nagasaki Pref. Gotoushi Warabichou 993-11
    "A church located on Hisaka Island in the Goto Islands in Warabi-cho, Goto City. The church is included in the ""Villages on Hisaka Island"" cultural property group, a part of the ""Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region"" World Heritage listing. The church was originally the Hamawaki Church, built in 1881, and was moved to this site in 1931. The church was almost demolished due to deterioration, but was saved thanks to the advice of a local Buddhist and today the structure is being preserved for future generations. Note that the area where the church is located cannot be reached directly by car. Visitors interested in viewing the church must make contact in advance."
  • 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."
  • Himosashi Church
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Himosashichou 1039
    This church is located in Himosashi-cho, Hirado City. A Catholic cathedral second in size only to the Urakami Cathedral in Motoo-machi, Nagasaki City, it was designed by Yosuke Tetsukawa and completed in 1929. Beautiful stained glass fills the Romanesque-style building.
  • Hoki Church
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Houkichou 1170
    This church located in Hoki-cho, Hirado City was built in 1898. Built by carpenters for temple and shrine construction on Ukujima Island who had been baptized, it has various architectural features such as a structure combining wooden tile roofing with brick. It is a prefecturally-designated tangible cultural property for its valuable construction that shows the history of faith in the area and the history of church architecture that moved from wood to brick.

    ピンクと白、内部はエメラルドグリーンの可愛い教会でした。 こちらの教会は内部も祭壇近くまで見学ができ 小古曽かな雰囲気を味わえました。 狭い坂道を車で登って行く間、 対向車が来たらどうしようとドキドキしました。 駐車場は結構広いので大丈夫です。

  • Aosagaura Church
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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.
  • Former Tainoura Church
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    Nagasaki Pref. Minamimatsuragunshinkamigotouchou Tainouragou 326
    This church is located in Tainourago, Shinkamigoto Town, Minamimatsuura County. Originally built in 1880 by Father Bourelle, it was rebuilt in 1903. During the war, the navy seized the building, and it was added to after the war, using bricks from the former Urakami Cathedral that was bombed. A new church was built in 1979.
  • Kusuhara Church
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    Nagasaki Pref. Gotoushi Kishikumachikusuhara
    A church located in Kusuhara, Kishiku-machi, Goto City. The church was designed by Yosuke Tetsukawa, known for his work on numerous churches in Nagasaki, and was completed in 1912. The brick church is designed in the Gothic style and is the second oldest church in lower Goto, the oldest being Dozaki Church.
  • 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.
  • Catholic Kurosaki Church
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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."
  • Miyazu Catholic Church
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    Kyoto Miyazu-shi Miyamoto 500
    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.
  • Hirosaki Anglican Ascension Church
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    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Yamamichicho 7
  • Hoshino Resort Tomamu Chapel on the Water
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    Hokkaido Yufutsu-gun Shimukappumura Nakatomamu
    "This chapel is inside Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, in Shimukappu village, Yufutsu county, Hokkaido, and is based on the idea of coexistence with nature. The planning was done by architect Tadao Ando, with the idea of ""Using nature as-is, to create a sacred space through human intent."" This chapel offers a novel experience by removing any clear boundary between nature and structure. The building is approached on a path through a white birch forest lined with L-shaped concrete, marking the beginning of an extraordinary space. The water running over the altar creates a holy precinct into which no human may tread."
  • Catholic Tokyo Cathedral Sekiguchi Church
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Sekiguchi 3-16-15
  • Tenshinoseibo Trapistine Shudoin
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Kamiyunokawachou 346
  • Sakitsu Church
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    Kumamoto Amakusa-shi Kawauramachi Sakitsu 539
  • Takamatsu Izumi Christ Church
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    Kagawa Takamatsu-shi Fuseishicho 2018-5

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