While most of the churches still act as places of worship, Dozaki Church focuses on the education of Christianity in Nagasaki. Dozaki Church is the oldest western style church in Nagasaki, opening in 1908. Now, the church acts as a museum. The church’s displays showcase information on the hidden Christian believers and the Catholic missionaries who initially established western religion in Japan.
The church itself is an architect’s delight, with its grand and gothic design. The bricks were imported from Italy and the interior is decorated in stained glass. Dozaki Church should be the first church visitors visit on their tour around the Goto islands. The information displayed answers all questions about Japan’s complicated history with Christianity. Visitors have to pay at reception to enter.