Arima Naozumi, the 15th ruler of the domain, recanted his belief in Christianity and initiated the persecution of the Christians. In 1613, on the spacious beach in front of Hinoe Castle, he executed his Christian vassals and their families who had refused to recant. More than 20,000 Christians gathered and watched as the condemned were burned alive.
Despite Naozumi’s intention to set an example, the local Christians consolidated their religious belief, spurring the Shogunate to issue the Anti-Christian Edicts the following year. In 2007, the executed Christians were beatified and added to the list of 188 Blessed Japanese Martyrs.
- Shimabara Peninsula (Unzen City & Shimabara City & Obama Town & Minami-Shimabara City)
- NEARBY ATTRACTIONS
- 1Site of Martyrdom at Arima
- 2Hinoe Castle Ruins
- 3Remains of Hinoe Castle
- 4Harajouonsen Masago
- 6Dolphin Watching (from Minami Arima)
- 7Festivitas Natalis (Christmas Festival) ...
- 8Hara Castle Revolt Festival
- 9Arima Christian Heritage Museum
- 10Experience MINPAKU(Staying at Farmers an...
- 11Hara Castle Ruins
- 12Summer Festival in Nishi Arie
- 13Misogoro Festival in Nishi Arie
- 14Christian Tombstone
- 15sioyu Ryokan
- 16Remains of Hara Castle, Site of Shimabar...
- 17Seibo Kitamura Memorial Hall
- 18Yon no Kura Yamakome – Soy Sauce and Mis...
- 19San no Kura Kiyoya － Soy Sauce and Miso...
- 20Ni no Kura ― Urakawa Brewery
- 21Summer Festival in Arie
- 22To No Sumi Waterfall Park Festival
- 23Ichi no Kura － Yoshida Sake Brewery
- 24To No Sumi Waterfall
- 25Shirakino-Tanimizu Rice Terraced Fields
- 26Arie Hamankora Beach Festival