Kiri Church

Central Goto's first parish, established in 1897

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Settlers came to Kiri and Furusato from the Sotome District in the Omura Domain. When Gaspard Yosuke of Kiri Furusato went to Nagasaki for medical treatment, he happened to meet Father Petitjean in Oura Church and then went on to lead a resurgence of Catholicism in Goto. Gaspard Yosuke, his father Paulo Zenshichi, and Michael Kiyokawa Sawajiro are commemorated on the "Pioneers of Faith Memorial" that stands at the church entrance. From the church's high vantage point, you can see the beautiful emerald green waters of the Wakamatsu Strait.

Churches are very important places of prayer for their followers. When observing churches, please follow proper etiquette such that everyone can feel comfortable in the churches. A guide is linked below. Thank you.


Address 853-2302 長崎県南松浦郡新上五島町桐古里郷357-4
Hours of Operation Viewing hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(※Note: 1. May be unavailable for viewing during mass or other ceremonies. 2. Doors may be locked at certain times.)
Price Free, but contributions to the church's donation box are appreciated
Access 10 minutes by car from Narao Port
10 minutes via Saihi bus (running from Wakamatsu Port to Narao). Five minute walk from the Kiri bus stop.
Related Information Church Visit Etiquette
Note Originally constructed in 1897.
Remodeled in 1958.


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