Learn the history of the Hidden Christian sites in Sotome
The Sotome area of Nagasaki is famous for its historically significant "Hidden Christian" sites. Christianity arrived in Japan via the trading port of Nagasaki in the 16th Century but was violently suppressed in the 17th Century, leading to it survive by being practiced in secret in the area. Walk around the Sotome Area with a volunteer guide to hear the stories of the lives of the Kakure Kirishitan (Hidden Christians) and Father de Rotz, a French missionary priest who devoted his life to spreading the Christian teachings to the people in Sotome. Sotome is about a 50-minute drive from Nagasaki Station.