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The former Nokubi Church



An almost uninhabited island that you can enjoy Mother Nature.

On the island of Nozaki-jima, which was within the territory of the Hirado domein, there used to be two Christian villages, Nokubi and Funamori, where Christians were persecuted for making their faiths public. Nevertheless, they established churches in Funamori(1881) and in Nokubi(1882). Then they got united, worked hard cutting down on their living expences to build the current church in 1908. However, the residents left the island in 1971, and the church was abandoned. Now, the island is almost uninhabited, left with ruins of shrines and residences. In addition, more than four hundred wild Japanese deer inhabit the entire island, and you can observe in their natural environmant.
【A note to church visitors】
A prior notice is required when you visit the former Nokubi Church regardless of whether coming as individuals or in groups. Please contact: 0959-56-2646 at Ojika Island Tourism Association (9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Nozakigo Nokubi, Ojika-cho, Kitamatsuura-gun, Nagasaki pref.
Phone number
857-4701Ojika Island Tourism
35 min. from Ojika Port by a municipal boat, get off at Nozaki Port and 20 min. on foot.