The monument standing in front of the memorial museum

The Twenty Six Martyrs Monument and adjacent museum (\ZlLO, Nijūroku Seijin Kinenkan) in Nagasaki are dedicated to the twenty six Christians who were executed here on February 5, 1597. They included both foreign missionaries and Japanese laymen. Missionary activities were prohibited at the time, and Japan's ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi staged the execution as a warning.

The monument is located in a small park on a hill not far from Nagasaki Station and offers nice views over the city. A straight red line runs from the monument across the park's plaza in the direction of the Oura Church on the opposite side of the city. Oura Church is also dedicated to the 26 martyrs.

The museum behind the monument is devoted to the memory of the martyrs and to Christianity in Japan in general. Its interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artifacts related to Christianity in Japan, including old documents, statues and jewelry. Explanations of many of the pieces are in English.

Inside the Twenty Six Martyrs Museum

Access

The Twenty Six Martyrs Monument and museum are located up a steep hill, a ten minute walk from Nagasaki Station.

How to get to and around Nagasaki

Hours & Fees

Twenty Six Martyrs Museum

Hours

9:00 to 17:00

Closed

New Year holidays

Admission

500 yen

Typical Visit Duration

15-30 minutes

English

Good

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Page last updated: August 29, 2017