Jesus said “I have set thee to be the light of the Gentiles; that thou
mayest be for salvation unto the utmost part of the earth.” From
Tokyo to Nagasaki, Osaka to Kyoto, travel to holy places sanctified
by holy missionaries, like St. Francis Xavier and St. Maximillian Kolbe. You
will discover the realization of the words of Christ in the midst of the
Land of Rising Sun, Japan. To pray the Holy Mass in these sacred places
is an unparalleled privilege and will give you a new impulse to live out
your Catholic faith and experience the universality of the Church!
- St. Francis Xavier Church in Tokyo with an authentic relic of its patron saint and the National Museum of Tokyo, Japan’s oldest art museum
- Discovering the Hidden Christians of Nagasaki who persevered in their faith for over two-hundred years despite being sacramentally deprived
- The 26 Martyrs Museum in Nagasaki with historical artifacts and relics including original “fumie”, images of Our Lord and the Blessed Mother that the faithful refused to trample on, even when the penalty for not doing so was death
- Museum of Takashi Nagai, local physician, radiologist and survivor of the atomic bombings of WWII
- Unzen Hot Springs martyrdom site (featured in the film, Silence)
- The Palaces, Shrines and imperial gardens of Japan’s cultural capital – Kyoto, including a rock garden forming the shape of a cross created by a Samurai warrior and his valient convert wife
- St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Hongochi Monastery
- Grand Cathedral of the Virgin Mary. Constructed in 1963, the cathedral replaced the earlier St Agnes Church that was built in 1894 but destroyed in the bombings during the WWII.
- Kyoto’s Gion district where several hundreds of geishas are working as professional entertainers attending guests during meals, banquets and tea ceremonies.
- Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a beautiful bamboo forest.
Traveling with Canon Raphael Ueda
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
Rector of Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory, San José, CA