Walking in the sea breeze and sunshine

“El Camino de Oracio”
(The Road of Oracio)
What you see and find in the walk

The Path of Sacred Prayer
Kunisaki ~ Kitsuki ~ Hiji, the path along the east side of Kunisaki Peninsula

  “El Camino de Oracio” (The Road of Oracio) is a 111 kilometer walking route with a wonderful view of Beppu Bay and the Bungo Channel in Oita Prefecture located in the Kyushu Island of Japan. A part of this route along the coast was selected as one of Japan’s Scenic Byways by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The starting point is in Kunisaki City, the birthplace of Blessed Petro Kasui Kibe, who was the first Japanese person to visit Jerusalem and became a priest in Rome. In Kitsuki City, the route passes by the Kitsuki Catholic Church built in the old castle town. “El Camino de Oracio” ends at Oita Trappist Monastery in Hiji Town, which holds a relic of Saint Francisco Xavier, the first Catholic missionary to visit Japan.
  In the course of the route, there are many historic sites; grave markers of Christians who were forced to go hiding during the period of anti-Christian edicts, places related to the famous war strategist in the 16th century, Kuroda Kanbee, who had a Christian name, Don Simeon, the place where Beatified Balthasar Kagayama Hanzaemon and his son were martyred, etc.
  In addition to these Catholic historical places, the route leads you to feel a distinctive mixed culture of Shinto and Buddhism in Kunisaki Peninsula, see the Kitsuki Castle and old samurai residences in Kitsuki City, wander about in the Hiji Castle ruins, look at the steam rising from hot springs in Beppu, and follow the mountain path where St. Xavier is believed to have once walked on in his journey to Funai, Oita Ciity. Once you reach the “Hill of Arrival” in the tea field, the final goal of Oita Trappist Monastery is 3.5 kilometers away.
  We believe this “route of encounter” allows you to engage with interesting history, stories of great men, beautiful nature and nice people. We sincerely hope “El Camino de Oracio” will be loved by people from home and abroad, and bring healing to everyone.

Relic of St. Francisco Xavier
(a piece of his right arm)