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Hara Castle Ruins原城跡

Castle / Ruins of Castle

Hara Castle was the site of the end of the Shimabara Rebellion. Naturally fortified by the surrounding Ariake Sea, the castle was once considered impregnable. The Shimabara Rebellion was led by Amakusa Shiro, who barricaded himself inside the castle with tens of thousands of locals for 88 days until they were wiped out completely. Countless human bones and crosses have been excavated here, attesting to the tragedy which occurred at the site.


Nagasaki Pref. Minamishimabarashi Minamiarimachou (Unzen / ShimabaraArea)

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Reviewed:2019/06/15 A UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Hara Castle Ruins in Nagasaki, stands today is just a small reminder of the Shimabara Rebellion. It was an uprising on the Shimabara Peninsular in Nagasaki from 1637–1638 during the Edo Period...
Reviewed:2019/06/08 The Tokugawas ordered the complete demolition of all remaining buildings, so only some of the stone foundations remain.
It was still early in the afternoon, so we decided to travel further south on the peninsula to the ruins of Hara Castle, which is another component of the World Heritage designation, “Hidden...
Reviewed:2016/06/11 No castle, just ruins
Siege at Hara Castle during Shimabara Rebellion in 1936. No castle, just ruins now. Very scary if you visit here during the night. If it is a beautiful day, it is great view to overlook Ariake sea.

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Nagasaki Pref. Minamishimabarashi Minamiarimachou [ map ]
Unzen / ShimabaraArea
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          This hidden corner of the country is rural Japan at its best, where underground activity is to thank for active volcanoes and bubbling natural hot springs along the Shimabara Peninsula as well as the crystal clear waters of the Goto Islands off the west coast. Less well known than Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, Nagasaki commemorates its own past at the Nagasaki Peace Park, which sits alongside the charming Meganebashi stone bridge and a mix of religious buildings with beautiful architecture, such as the Zen Buddhist Sofukuji Temple, the Confucian Shrine, and the Oura Christian Church.

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