Inheritance of faith(3)
Missionary Francis Xavier, who taught Christianity to Japan, engaged in missionary work in Yamaguchi with the permission of the Ouchi Clan, the Yamaguchi military governors. In 1552, a Christmas celebration was held at Xavier’s request.
It was dubbed “the day Christmas was celebrated for the first time in Japan,” and a variety of events were held.
This church was built in 1952 to commemorate Francis Xavier’s 400 years of missionary work in Yamaguchi.
This is a first-generation church modeled on a castle in Xavier’s home town of Navarre. It burned down in an accidental fire in 1991, but was reconstructed with a two-tower design in 1998 and is beloved as a new symbol of Yamaguchi.
Location: 4-1 Kameyama, Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi
PH: 083-920-1549 (Yamaguchi Catholic Church Office)
Website: Xavier Memorial Church in Yamaguchi
Closed: Wednesdays (Christian Memorial Museum) (on the following day if a public holiday) Fee: Approx. 100 yen for contribution
Admission for Christian Memorial Museum: 300 yen (junior high and above), 200 yen (elementary)
Transportation: 15 min walk from JR Yamaguchi line Yamaguchi Station
20 min from Chugoku Expressway Ogori Interchange by car