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Tabira Catholic Church
Tabira Catholic Church was founded by Catholics who immigrated from Kuroshima and overseas, on the land purchased by Priests Raguet and Rotz after 1886. In 1918, this Catholic community was able to complete the brick church designed and constructed by Yosuke Tetsukawa, with the help of donations collected by the efforts of Priest Fujiyoshi Nakata. The church is located on a plateau overlooking Hiradoseto, with the parsonage, gatepost and brick wall still intact, and the historical environment of its surrounding cemetery and fields has been well preserved. It was registered as an important cultural property in 2003.
- 19 Tabiracho Kotedamen, Hirado-shi, Nagasaki
- From JR Sasebo Station, take Matsuura Railway to Tabira Hiratoguchi Station and from the bus stop there take Saihi Bus towards Koekubi. Get off at bus stop Tenshudo-mae. 10 min drive from Hirato Ohashi.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
*To view Tabira Church, you must contact the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki Information Center in advance.
Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki Information Center: +81-95-823-7650 http://kyoukaigun.jp/en/reserve/list.php
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- Admission fee
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Colorful Red Brick Structure
The Romanesque-style brick church was built over a period of three years, with dedicated hard labor by the Catholic community. The colorful brick-piling technique and the decorative soot-painted black bricks are said to be at the finest level of a brick church construct. There is a bell tower in the front in the shape of an octagon dome, which rings three times a day at 6:00, 12:00 and 18:00.
Beautiful Church Interior
You must also see the beautiful inside. The stained glass with vivid colors is as beautiful as a painting. The interior is a beautiful space made up of painted wooden walls, one arched window after the other, camellia carvings and gold color used in different parts. *Advance request is required for viewing, contact Nagasaki Churches Information Center (+81-95-823-7650).
Japanese Cemetery with Crosses
Next to the church, there is a cemetery where generations of Catholic believers rest. The cemetery is characteristic for the crosses on top of the Japanese style graves. Names such as Maria, John, Petro and Joseph are carved above their Japanese names. The scenery around this area feels as if you are in a foreign land far from Japan.