Museums and Memorial Sites

Museums and Memorial Sites in Japan by Prefecture

NameTelephone / FaxLocationDescriptionPrefecture
Matsumae Culture Museum 01394-2-3060Matsumae-gun, Matsumae-cho, Aza, Shinmei, 30 Kirishitan Artefacts
Hokkaido
Matsumae Castle & Museum 01394-2-2216 Matsumae-gun, Matsumae-cho Kirishitan Artefacts
Hokkaido
Historical Village Of Hokkaido 011-898-2692 Atsubetsu-cho, Atsubetsu-ku, Sapporo-shi Historical buildings
Hokkaido
Hokkaido Kirishitan Pilgrim Caves Hokkaido
Ayako Miura Memorial Museum 0166-69-2626 Hokkaido
Hokkaido University Library 011-716-2111 Kanzo Uchimura's Latin Bible and other pieces of memorabilia of his.
Hokkaido
Hirosaki History Museum 0172-35-0700 1-6 Shimoshirogane-cho Hirosaki-shi History and artifacts of Christian pilgrims to the area during the time of the Kirishitan Daimyo Tsugaru.
Aomori
Hirosaki Kirishitan King Tsugaru Memorial 0172-33-8733 1-6 Shimoshirogane-cho Hirosaki-shi Aomori
Kirishitan Pilgrim Villages & Memorial Aomori
Mysterious Christ Tomb Aomori
Iwate Yakuba 0191-63-2111 Museum & Site Information
Iwate
Mizusawa Kyoiku Iinkai 0197-24-2111 Museum & Site Information
Iwate
Zyuan Goto Kirishitan Memorial 0197-24-2111 Goto Juan was the Christian feudal lord of Fukuwara. Around 1620, he created in this area. In his honour, every year in spring and autumn a Festival known as the Juan Festival is held.
Iwate
Okago Kirishitan Martyrs Memorial Museum 0191-62-2255 Memorial & artefacts of the village's Kirishitan history. Nearby river ran red from blood of the Kirishitan martyrs in 17th century.
Iwate
Sendai City Museum 0222-25-2557
0222-25-0814
Fax: 022-262-7947
Sannnomaru Ato, Kawauchi, Sendai-shi Letters and documents of Daimyo Date and Kirishitan History
Miyagi
Miyagi Museum & Library 022-377-8441
Fax: 022-377-8484
Tsutsujigaoka, Sendai-shi Glass Candle holders
Miyagi
Zuiganji Temple Museum 022-353-4486 Matsushima-cho, Miyagi-gun Rokuuemon Shikura-s cristal candle holders
Miyagi
Sendai Kyoiku Iinkai 022-214-8856 Information for local museums
Miyagi
Suifu Meitoku Kai Museum 022-299-3890 1-1215-1 Mizukawa, Mito-shi, Ibaragi-ken Western byobu, books, and ceramics
Ibaraki
Daimyo Date Kirishitan Memorial Ibaraki
Eastern Cross Museum Info: 03-5780-1113
FAX: 03-5780-1112
1-6-19-65, Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo Documents, artefacts of Keikyo and Kirishitan history. In Art plaza at Kamiya-cho station on Hibiya-line. Open 10-6, closed Sunday.
Tokyo
Kokuritsu Kobunsha Publishers 03-3214-0621 3 Kitanomarukouen, Chiyoda-ku Old Western Newspapers and history of Christianity in Japan. ID required.
Tokyo
Suntory Museum 03-3470-1073 11F, Tokyo Suntory Bld, 1-2-3, Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo
Eisei Publishers Hosokawa Exhibit 03-3941-0850 1-1 Mejirodai Bunkyou-ku Arms & arts of the Hosokawa family, of whom some were Christian Kings in the 16/17th centuries. And the family of the famous Christian noble woman, Garcia Hosokawa.
Tokyo
Sophia University Kirishitan Exhibit & Library 03-3238-3822 7 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku Usually on loan to various museums around the country. Call for current place fo exhibition. A collection of Kirishitan artefacts and history.
Tokyo
Tokyo University Hensanjo 03-3812-2111 3-7 Hongou Bunkyou-ku Letters and documents of famous Christian leaders in Japan.
Tokyo
Tokyo University Library 03-3815-8354 3-7 Hongou Bunkyou-ku Messiah pictures etc.
Tokyo
Tokyo National Museum 03-3822-1111 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito-ku Etchings, ceramics, world maps and Kirishitan fumie
Tokyo
Toyohiko Kagawa Museum 03-3302-2855 3-8-19 Kamikitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Life of Pastor Kagawa, pastor and leader of major social movements, Meiji era.
Tokyo
Former Kirishitan Hospital, Leprosarium & Neighbourhood Site at Bunkyoku 03-3851-4009 Tokyo
Kirishitan Martyrs Hill Tokyo
Nanban Museum 0427-34-2136 Artifacts. Documents.
Tokyo
Sugamo Christian Prison Site Old Sugamo Prison site where captured Kirishitan were brought for interrogation, brainwashing and tortures in the 16/17th centuries. And during WW2, Christians were brought for interrogation.
Tokyo
Inoue Kirishitan Prison Site Tokyo
International Christian University 0422-33-3020 Tokyo
Shogun Tokugawa National Shrine Tochigi
Kanagawa Museum 045-201-0926 5-60 Minami-Nakadori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi Documents, artifacts of Christian history in Japan
Kanagawa
Yokosuka Museum 0468-24-3688 95 Fukadadai, Yokosuka-shi Documents of Will Adams, trade, persecution methods from European Advisors to the Shogun
Kanagawa
Museum of Ancient Christian Artefacts 0463-61-0007 Elizabeth Snaders Home, Oiso, Naka-gun The largest collection of Kirishitan and Kakure Kirishitan artefacts
Kanagawa
Kyusei Atami Museum 0557-81-5785 Ohkubo, Izuyama, Atami-shi Kirishitan Relics
Shizuoka
Kunozan Toshogu Museum 054-237-2437 Negoya, Shizuoka-shi Christian documents and artefacts etc.
Shizuoka
Tagata Museum Toda-mura Tagata-gun Shizuoka
Shimoda, kaikou Monument Shirahama-beach, Shimoda-shi Letters etc. at open port
Shizuoka
Shimoda, kaikoku Monument 1-18-26, Shimoda-cho, Shimoda-shi Documents of release of Christian Prohibition
Shizuoka
Kanazawa Church 076-264-2536 1-1-54 Hirosaka, Kanazawa-shi Kirishitan Relics and items pertaining to Ukon Takayama, famous Christian king of 16th/17th century
Ishikawa
Nakamura Museum 076-221-0751 3-2-30 Honda-cho, Kanazawa-shi Kirishitan documents etc.
Ishikawa
Iahikawa History Museum & Library 076-264-2536 2-1 Dewa-cho, Kanazawa-shi Books about Kirishitan history of the area including influence of Ukon Takayama.
Ishikawa
Kirishitan Daimyo Ukon Takayama Exhibit (Kanazawa Church)History of Ukon Takayama and Kanazawa. Also see Naruwa Church for info about Ukon Takayama.
Ishikawa
Ohara Village Martyrs Memorial Gifu
Kirishitan Daimyo Inuyama Castle site Gifu
Kirishitan Daimyo Oribe Memorial Gifu
Sekigahara Battle Site Gifu
Aichi Kirishitan Monument 052-321-5307 Eikokuji, 1-21-38 Tachibana, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi Kirishitan Relics, documents and Kirishitan lantern etc.
Aichi
Meiji Village Museum 0568-67-0314 1 Uchiyama, Inuyama-shi Kirishitan Cathedral modeled after the former Kirishitan Cathedral of Kyoto.
Aichi
Eikokuji Temple Kirishitan Museum 052-321-5307 1-21-38 Tachibana, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi Kirishitan Relics
Aichi
Kyoto University Museum 075-753-3273 Yoshida Hon-cho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto
Kyoto University Institute 075-753-7531 Yoshida Hon-cho, Sakyo-ku Sian Fu Christian monument replica & original wax mold. Sian Fu monument is from Aramaic Christians of the 7th century. Called Keikyo in China and east Asia. They also have several Kirishitan tombstone from all over Japan from the 17th century and documents and writings of the 16&17 centuries.
Kyoto
Kyoto City Museum 0722-45-6201 Books and maps about Kirishitan and Keikyo in museum library
Kyoto
Kirishitan Gokinai Concentration of churches with over 20,000 Christians in the 16th & 17th centuries.
Kyoto
26 Martyrs Memorial Site Kyoto
Hosokawa/Otomo Sorin Family Kyoto
Subtemple at Daitokuji Temple Kyoto
Kyoto Culture Museum 075-222-0888 Takakura Sanjo Chukyou-ku Kyoto-si Kyoto
Kawaramachi Kirishitan Research Kai Kyoto
Urasenke Tea Ceremony Research left Kyoto
Daimyo Kawakatsu Residence & Daikokuden Site Where ancient christian engravings were recently discovered from the 6th century or earlier. Excavated at the site of Hata no Kawakata's former residence.
Kyoto
Doshisha University & Pastor Nishima Exhibit University library and museum annex displays many old Kirishitan and documents of Protestant Christian history since the Meiji era. Also contains historical documents of "Kumomoto Band" a group of Japanese Christian physicians from Kumomoto who were instrumental in founding the University Medical School. Relics, history and pastor Nishima museum of Meiji era.
Kyoto
Kirishitan Court Physician Manase Dosan Kyoto
Hospital Memorial Site Kyoto
Uzumasa Keikyo Church Memorial Site 075-822-2369 Kyoto
Kirishitan Museum (Kirishitan Cathedral, Hospital & Orphanage Memorial Site) 388 Shijo Sagaru Iwagami Dori Shimogyo-ku, Kirishitan relics, books, and videos. Located at the former site of the Kirishitan church, hospital and Kirishitan neighbourhood of 16th&17th century Kyoto. This Christian neighbourhood of Kyotowas called the City of Our Lady of the Angels.
Kyoto
Shugakuin Imperial Garden Oribe075-211-1211 Former house prison and imperial garden of Mrs. Ume, daughter of Emperor Go Mizuno. Legend says she was secret Christian persecuted for her faith. Ume's husband was banished and she was imprisoned in a Buddhist convent in Nara then reunited with her family in Kyoto. Imperial family was banished to a house prison in Kyoto. Secret Kirishitan cross lantern(Oribe Toro) is still located in the garden of Ume's residence at this house prison. Oribe Cross lanterns were used for secret worship. Christianity was prohibited for all members and relatives of the Imperial family.
Kyoto
Kirishitan lantern Kyoto
Katsura Imperial villa House prison of Imperial family during Edo era. 5 Kirishitan crosses kept in their garden.
Kyoto
Tekula Hashimoto & Children Crucifixion Memorial Kamogawa river & Rokujo street Mrs. Hashimoto and her husband were Christian church leaders in Kyoto. She had 3 children and was 6 months pregnant. She and her husband were arrested Mrs. Hashimoto was molested and burned on a cross with her children tied around her feet burned alive on a cross.
Kyoto
Myoshinji Temple 075-463-3121 Where famous Kyoto Kirishitan Church Bell is kept. Myoshiji Abbots acquired the bell in the 16th century when the Kirishitan church next to the Imperial Palace was burned and residents persecuted.
Kyoto
Midono Gracia Home Teramoto Eiko
Kyoto
Old Kirishitan Neighbourhood Site of North Central Kyoto Kyoto
Old Kirishitan Neighbourhood Site of Saint Marys Church Central Kyoto Kyoto
Old Kirishitan Neighbourhood Site of South Central Kyoto Kyoto
Old Kirishitan Neighbourhood Site of North East Kyoto Kyoto
Kobe Namban Museum 078-391-0035 1-8-21 Kumauchi-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi Statue of St. Xavier and Christian artefacts.
Hyogo
Kosetsu Museum 078-851-2756 Onkage-cho, Higashinada-ku, Kobe-shi Kirishitan artefacts and world map byobu.
Hyogo
Sumiyoshi Kirishitan Memorial Church & Museum 2-18-23 Miyamachi, Sumiyoshi, higashi-nada-ku Hyogo
Kirishitan Daimyo Ukon Takayama Castle Site at Akashi City Hyogo
Lady Gracia Hosokawa Memorial Grave Osaka
Namban Culture left 06-451-0088/ 0232 6-2-18 nakatsu, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi Christian Artifacts
Osaka
Osaka Castle/Tenshukaku 06-941-3044 1-1 Osaka-jo, Chuou-ku, Osaka-shi Christian Artifacts, Site of battle where Shogun Hideyoshi was defeated which resulted in the significant loss of religious freedom in Japan.
Osaka
Kirisu Mountain Trail of Martyrs Osaka
Itsuo Museum of Issa Kobayashi 0727-51-3865 7-17 Tateishi-cho, Ikeda-shi Collections of Issa Kobayashi
Osaka
Sekime 26 Martyrs Memorial Church Museum 0724-82-3668 9-2-8 Tarui, Sennan-shi One of the sites along the Trail of the 26 Martyrs
Osaka
Daimyo Hosokawa's Kirishitan Refugee Osaka
Villages at Kokura Osaka
Sakai Museum 0722-45-6201 2 Sekiun-cho, Mozu, Sakai-shi Osaka
Ibaragi Kirishitan Museum 0726-49-3443 Osaka
Tea Master Sen No Rikyu's Well Osaka
Garden & Tea Room Osaka
Nanshuji Temple 0722-32-1654 Osaka
Takatsuki Church 0726-75-1472 2-26, Nomi-cho, Takatsuki-shi Osaka
Osaka, syakai, kyouikubu, bunkazaihogo-ka 06-208-9071 Organization for the Preservation of important cultural Property in Japan
Osaka
Yamato Bunkakan 0742-45-0544 1-11-6 Gakuen Minami, Nara-shi Ancient silk Road artefacts
Nara
Kirishitan Samurai Koremasa Wada Baptism Memorial Nara
Kirishitan Seminary Memorial Site Nara
Chuguji Temple 0745-75-2106 Nara
Asuka Silk Road Immigrant Tombs Nara
The Silk Road Exposition Museum Nara
The Institute for Silk Roadology Nara
Oriental Silk Road Museum of Nara Machi Nara
YMCA Christian Artefacts Museum Hiroshima
Fukuyama Kirishitan Daimyo Inaba Memorial Hiroshima
Tomo no Ura Kirishitan Village Site Hiroshima
Keikyo Scholar Yoshiro Saeki Memorial Hiroshima
Yamaguchi Museum 0839-22-0294 8-2, Kasuga-cho, Yamaguchi-shi Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi Tenshudo Kirishitan Museum Yamaguchi
Daidoji First Kirishitan Temple Memorial Site First Church built in Japan. Many Shingon buddhist believed Jesus was the Miroku revealed in truth for them and fulfilment of their ancient beliefs. Many Kirishitan came out of Shingon buddhism.
Yamaguchi
Xavier Memorial Hall 0839-20-1549 Yamaguchi
Kirishitan History Tour of Kurashiki Yamaguchi
Ohara Museum 086-422-0005 1-1-15 Chuou, Kurasiki-shi Okayama
Kirishitan Daimyo Ikeda Memorial Okayama
Sako Town Temple Exhibit of Keikyo & Kirishitan Artefacts Okayama
Catholic Ise Church 0596-28-3885 1-2-1, Okamoto-cho, Ise-shi One of the 26 martyrs' places
Mie
Ancient Keikyo Monument at Koyasan Wakayama
Takamatsu City Museum 0878-61-4520 Syouwa-machi, Takamatsu-shi Kagawa
Takamatsu Kirishitan Memorial Site Kagawa
Tokushima Memorial Church & Display 08567-2-0251 Tokushima
Tsuwano Christian Prison, Tono-machi, Tsuwano-cho, Kasi-gun Shimane
Martyrs Site & Museum One of the sites where Kakure Kirishitan were taken for interrogation imprisonment and torture after they came out of hiding during the Meiji era. There is a museum, church, memorial, and prison remains at this site
Shimane
Fukuoka City Museum 092-714-6051 1-8-3 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi Books on ancient Aramaic Christians of east Asia. Also examples of ancient Christian
Fukuoka
Nishijin Church 092-851-8032 3-14-1 Josai, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka-shi One of stopping points along the Trail of the 26 martyrs'.
Fukuoka
Kirishitan Daimyo Jousui Kuroba Memorial Site Fukuoka
Mongolian Invaders Temple Museum Fukuoka
Koteda Islands Kirishitan History Exhibit Fukuoka
Kirishitan Daimyo Memorial Fukuoka
Ooura Cathedral 0958-23-2628 Minamiyamate-cho, Nagasaki-shi Christian Paintings
Nagasaki
Site of the Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan 0958-22-6000 Nishizaka-cho, Nagasaki-shi Site of 26 martyrs crucifixion. Documents on 26 martyrs, relics, artefacts and painting on the Kirishitan
Nagasaki
Nagasaki Library 095-826-5257 Kminishiyama-cho, Nagasaki-shi Old maps and Christian history of Nagasaki.
Nagasaki
Nagasaki Museum 095-821-6700 2, Tateyama-cho, Nagasaki-shi Kirishitan relics, history and documents.
Nagasaki
Nagasaki city Museum 095-845-8188 Dejima-cho, Nagasaki-shi Kirishitan relics and documents
Nagasaki
Ijinkan095-823-0191
095-827-6111
Minami-Yamate-cho, Nagasaki-shi Kirishitan history and documents
Nagasaki
DO Ro Priest Museum 09592-5-1081 Old letters, documents and paintings of Kirishitan
Nagasaki
Sotome-cho Shiryokan 09592-5-1188 Shitsu, Sotome-cho Kirishitan liturgies, artefacts and old ceramics of the Kirishitan
Nagasaki
Matsuura Museum 0950-22-223 12 Kagamikawa-cho, Hirado-shi Kirishitan artefacts and documents&
Nagasaki
Hirado Museum 0950-22-2813 Ohkubo-cho, Hirado-shi Kirishitan and kakure Kirishitan history and relics. Hirado is site of underground Christians since 1600' and Dutch and English trade ports.
Nagasaki
Kirishitan Museum 0950-28-0176 Hirado-shi Nagasaki
Shimabara Castle Tensyukaku 0957-62-4766 Shimabara-shi 1-1183-1 History of Kirishitan and Shimabara Massacre.
Nagasaki
Dozaki Cathedral 0959-73-0705 Okuura, Fukue-shi, Goshima Kakura Kirishitan relics.
Nagasaki
Goshima Island Secret Kirishitan Site Site of Kakure Underground Kirishitan since 1600's
Nagasaki
Unzen Hot Springs of Hell Martyrs Memorial Nagasaki
Kirishitan Daimyo Arima Memorial Monument Nagasaki
Kirishitan Daimyo Omura Memorial & Museum Nagasaki
Urakami Cathedral 095-844-1777 Nagasaki-shi, Urakami-cho Nagasaki
Takayama Kirishitan Pilgrimage Memorial Nagasaki
Shitsu Village Kirishitan Museum& Memorial Nagasaki
Ikitsuki Island Secret Kirishitan Village & Museum Nagasaki
Hirado Secret Kirishitan Village Nagasaki
Hirado Kirishitan Daimyo Matsura Memorial Nagasaki
Kumamoto Amakusa Kirishitan Museum 09692-2-3845 19-52 Funanoo-cho, Hondo-shi History of Shiro Amakusa and Kumamoto Kirishitan and Shimabara massacre.
Kumamoto
Sakitsu Cathedral Museum 0969-79-0015 Sakitsu, Kawaura-cho, Amakusa-gun Kirishitan relics and history
Kumamoto
Ooe Cathedral 0969-42-5176 Oe Amakusa-cho Amakusa-gun Kumamoto
Amakusa Kyodo Museum 0969-23-7386 1509 Nishikubo, Hondo Baba, Hondo-shi Letters, documents, history of Kirishitan
Kumamoto
Amakusa Rosaria Museum 0969-42-5259 Oe, Amakusa-cho, Amakusa-gun Kumamoto
Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall0964-56-5311 977-1, Oaza, Naka, Ohyano-cho, Amakusa-gun Memorial to Shiro Amakusa and the massacred Kirishitan of southern kumamoto. Memorial grave to Martyrs and grave artefacts. Memorial Building is also built at the site of a former Kirishitan church of the 17th century.
Kumamoto
Kirishitan Boy Shiro Amakusa Seminary Site Kumamoto
Kumamoto Amakusa Kirishitan Museum Kumamoto
Kirishitan Daimyo Hosokawa Memorial Kumamoto
Kumamoto Men of Revival Memorial Camp Kumamoto
Matsushima Amakusa Kirishitan Museum 0969-54-0501 Aizu, Matsushima-cho, Amakusa-gun Kumamoto
Saint Mary Kirishitan Museum Oura, Oaza, Ariake-cho, Amakusa-gun Kumamoto
Kirishitan Daimyo Yukinaga Konidshi Kumamoto
Castle Memorial Site Kumamoto
Tomioka 1000 Martyrs Memorial ChurchAmakusa, Kumamoto - Contact for tours
Kumamoto
Forty six Ancient Kirishitan Church/Temple Tour Kumamoto
Kirishitan Peasant Revolt Memorial Bridge Kumamoto
40,000 Peasants Martyr's Memorial at Hara Castle Kumamoto
Nozu Kirishitan Monument 0974-32-7655 Terakoji Nozu-machi Oono-gun Kumamoto
Kirishitan Medical School & Seminary Site Kumamoto
Kirishitan Daimyo Sorin Otomo Memorial Kumamoto
Kirishitan Daimyo Nabeshima Family Park 0955-23-2111 Imari-shi Saga
Kirishitan Daimyo Shimazu Memorial Site Kagoshima
Isahaya Museum Kagoshima
Kirishitan House Prison Site of 18th century Jesuit missionaries of Paris maintained lived in a temple house prison.
Kagoshima
Nishinoomote Museum 09972-3-3215 Nishinoomote, Nishinoomote-shi Old guns and etc. Kagoshima