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Pilgrimage ⑤: HIRADO & IKITSUKI island

6 Hours
up to 4 people
English ( Business ), Japanese ( Native ), 简体中文 ( Conversational ), 繁體中文 ( Conversational )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Visit the major Chathoric pilgrimage spots of HIRADO & IKITSUKI area including 2 of 12 Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki region World heritage in HIRADO. Tour time will be flexible from 6 to 9 hours depends on the numbers of highlight spots which you visit. Customer can choose high-light spots to visit. Some spots need admission fee. Two World Heritage sites are included.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Yukihiro.

  • Designated place in SASEBO

    Meet-up at your hotel or somewhere in SASEBO. Drive to the first spot. Cost Meet-up fee(1,500JPY) in cash

  • (standard) TABIRA Cathoric Church:

    Observe inside and outside of the church, possibly cannot observe inside because of the codition. The church was built in 1918.

  • (standard) HIRADO-OHHASHI bridge:

    Connect main land with HIRADO, drive through, if you want, can walk through on the bridge to observe

  • (optional) HIRADO Castle,:

    The main castle of HIRADO domain, inside of the castle exhibits hidden Christian related things partially. Cost Admission fee

  • (standard) Xavier Memorial Church & Buddist Temples:

    Observe inside and outside of the church, possibly cannot observe inside because of the condition.

  • (optional) MATSURA History Museum:

    Exhibits the collections of Matsura clan who ruled the northern area of Nagasaki since the 13th century. Admission fee

  • (optional) YAMANO Church:

    Firstly built in 1887, present church was built in 1924. Observe inside and outside of the church, possibly cannot observe inside because of the condition.

  • (standard) NAKAENOSHIMA island (Wrold Heritage Site):

    A small uninhabited island of martyrdom on the sea, sacrid island for the hidden christians, only observe from HIRADO island

  • (optional) KASUGA Community (World Heritage Site):

    Beautiful terraced pad field made by hidden Christians, walk around to observe

  • (standard) IKITSUKI OHHASHI bridge:

    connect HIRADO with IKITSUKI, drive through, can't walk on the bridge.

  • (standard)KUROSE NO TSUJI Martyrdom monument:

    A monument that memorized Gaspal NISHI who was the first martyrized Christian in IKITSUKI island in 1609.

  • (optional) YAMADA Church:

    Built in 1912 by Yosuke Tetsukawa. Observe inside and outside of the church, possibly cannot observe inside because of the condition.

  • (standard) HIMOSA Church:

    Firstly built in 1885, the present one was built in 1929 by Yosuke Tetsukawa. Observe inside and outside of the church, possibly cannot observe inside because of the condition.

  • (standard) HOKI Church:

    Built in 1898. Observe inside and outside of the church, possibly cannot observe inside because of the condition.

  • Designated place in SASEBO

    Drive back to SASEBO, dismiss, tour ends.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or somewhere in Sasebo city, in the case of the remote area from Sasebo, meet-up fee will cost more than 1,500 JPN Yen, and waste your time, too.
Ending Point At your hotel or somewhere in Sasebo city, in the case of the remote area from Sasebo, you will be charged extra fee in cash.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

hourly guiding fee(4,000JPY×6hours=24000)

What‘s not included

meet-up fee(1,500JPY: guide's transportation fee to and from Sasebo city), admission fee at the spots, parking fee and toll-road fee(if used) , rental car related all costs(if use) ※You will pay these cost on site in cash or credit card.


On Sunday morning, almost of the church have MASS, so might not be able to observe inside.

I'm very flexible. If you inform me early enough, about 1week at least 72 hours and more beforehand, I may manage to accept your requests.

During the tour, my coverage areas are mainly poor public transportation area, so mostly use a private vehicle(4 adult guests Max), it is easy to travel and free to move. Free Wi-Fi(2.4GHz, 5GHz) and AC100V/DC5V, DC12V charger are available in the car. I don't charge for the vehicle operation (only request you to pay parking fee and toll road fee on site, if used).

The private vehicle can take 4 adult guests max. If you are 5 adults and more, need to rent a rental car. I have a professional drivers license, I can drive most of types vehicle. Depends on the numbers of customer, I rent a suitable size car and drive instead of you during the tour. I drive as a designated driver. In this case, you have to pay for all cost for the rental car (Rental fee, insurance, fuel, toll road, parking fee, etc).

My coverage areas are Nagasaki, Saga and Fukuoka prefecture. But I live in near Omura city in Nagasaki pref., so depend on where I go to meet you(meet-up), I will request you to pay Meet-up fee(real transportation cost to and from the meeting spot) in cash on site. It is showed 3000JPY on my pricing page. But meet-up fee will be different price based on the transportation fee from where I stay. I will inform you meet-up fee in your proposal tour plan before your booking.

Here are basic meet-up fee on each area, Ohmura city is Free, Sasebo city is 1,500JPY, Nagasaki city is 3,000JPY, Saga ,5,000JPY and Fukuoka 8,000JPY. I try to choose cheapest way, but If meet-up fee costs more than 8,000JPY, I may not accept your tour request. But if you don't care high meet-up fee(more than 8000JPY), I go anywhere as far as I can.

I am working in both Nagasaki and Okinawa, working 2 places about the half and half days of a month. I had lived in Okinawa for 8 years until March 2018 and I am qualified and registered as a Okinawa Prefectural interpreter tour guide .

On my schedule calendar, available days means that I stay in Nagasaki, on the contrary, unavailable days means I am in Okinawa(mostly), so I might be able to guide you in Okinawa. If you intend to have a private tour in Okinawa, please visit my another account page of TripleLights(Nagasaki, Saga and Fukuoka area), there is another job schedule calendar there.

One of my hobby is handmade Japanese Soba noodles. I can teach you how to make Japanese Soba. Soba is made of buckwheat flower, one of Japanese traditional healthy low calorie food. I hope you don't have back wheat allergy.

Making Handmade Soba and Tempura Experience activity has been showed on my original tour list.
Please try it.

Meet-up time can be coordinated after your booking.

Admission fee in some facilities and lunch are not included in guiding fee, so you need to pay on site in cash.

I can managed to shorten the tour time until 5 hours(minimum), but the tour will be invaluable tour, just like a driving, so I cannot guarantee the tour quality.

We might not be able to observe inside of the churches because of the church condition(Sunday MASS, special event, etc...).

4 and fewer guests can move by my car(4 adult guests Max, no charge for vehicle operation, you pay only parking and toll-road fee), but 5 and more guests have to use a rental car and pay for all cost. It costs at least 7,000JPY and more in total for one day normally, but depends on the type of the car. I inform you estimated rental car cost in the proposal tour plan before your booking. read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

How can we move to the destinations? How much does it cost?

4 or less guests can move by my car(4 adults Max, no charge for vehicle operation (including fuel and insurance) you pay only parking and toll road fee, if used), but 5 and more guests have to use a rental car and pay for all cost. It costs 5,000 to 10,000JPNYen in total for one day normally, but will be different cost depends on the type of a car. I inform you estimated rental car cost in the proposal tour plan before your booking.

Can you start the tour from different city?

It is possible within my covering area, but you need to pay more meet-up fee depends on my transportation fee to meet you, and also waste your time, so I don't recommend you meet-up in remote area. Transportation fee includes fuel fee, toll road fee and etc...

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 9 )
4.7 (9) Reviews
Very Good
Geraldine Geraldine Philippines
1 year ago

“ 6 hours in Nagasaki ”

Yukihiro our tour guide is very friendly and knowedgable so far with all things that we’ve asked him, especialy about history and localities. We also felt comfortable with him as our tour guide.


Dear Geraldine, I am so happy to be evaluated greatly as your comment. I feel sorry that we couldn’t go Mt. Inasa outlook because of unexpected construction on the route. Please try again at night in the future, you will be able to observe the one of 3 greatest night view of Japan. Hero

Cessy Cessy Philippines ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Nagasaki 4hr tour ”

Great tour with Hero. Anything you'd ask, he replies. 4hr is really jampacked and no problem with communication. :)


Thank you very much for high evaluation, Cessy ! This time was short tour, so couldn’t visit many places. I hope you to stay Nagasaki longer next time. Hero

Marius Mjøs Marius Norway ( Friends )
1 year ago

“ Awsome custom tour ”

We had an awsome full day with Hero, he was literally our hero. He fixed a custom tour at our request, following alot of the coast and scenic spots around Kjukushima, Sasebo, and Omura bay. His local knowledge is excelent and his English is good. Expect a jovial host, which is always smiling, and a dash of humor. Will recommend! ? ?


Dear Marius, Thank you very much for great evaluation. I appreciate early evaluation on the way of your tour. I could take you many places as many as I could, but made you tired because of long driving. I drove more than 600km in a day!! Actually this is my first meeting with Norwegians who talk to. During the tour I could have a lot of conversation with you so that I understood lot about Norwegian culture, terrain, food, climate, custom, vegetation and so on. I have never been to Norway, but now I am so interested in your country. My view of knowledge was expanded. Take care and enjoy rest of days in Japan. Hope to see you in Norway someday. Hero

hieng Hieng Malaysia ( Friends )
1 year ago

“ 1 day tour in Sasebo ”

He plan a great schedule. He picked the locations i needed to see. His English are good, easy to communication. he also kept me on schedule. Excellent service provided by Mr.Yukihiro. I will highly recommend Yukihiro. Thanks


Hello Hieng!! Thank you very much for great evaluation for me. Next time I will show you around Unzen and Nagasaki. There are many good natural Onsen in Unzen. Okinawa is my another hometown. When you visit Japan again, free to ask me. Yukihiro

IGOR IGOR Australia ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ good guide and plan ”

good guide and plan


Thank you very much for good evaluation for me. Japan has just entered the rainy season, weather was no good during the tour, on the first day driving time was too long, it made you boring I think. Sorry for that and I'm very appreciate for your patience. Please come again and enjoy other places that you never been in Japan, there are so many attractive ONSENs in there. Yukihiro

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