Hiji is a town full of sunshine and hope for a bright future, which has attracted many people over the years. In Hiji Town, the route goes through the historic Hiji castle area, to Ryusenji temple that has protected the graves of the Taki family in Hiji from the first generation in the 17th century to Rentaro. Taki Rentaro (1879-1903) was a famous composer and baptized Christian. One year before he composed the famous piece “Koujo-no-tsuki (moon over the castle ruins)”, he wrote a lyric for “Kojo (old castle)”, which is said to be about the Hiji Castle Ruins. The next site to visit is a place where a high-ranking official of the Hiji domain, Balthasar Kagayama Hanzaemon and his son Diego were martyred in 1619. The Yamada Spring in Hiji is a good place to drink fresh water from the mountain before walking on the old mountain path where St. Xavier is believed to have walked. The route goes through a tea field and to the “Hill of Arrival,” which leads you to first see the conclusion of the walk, the Oita Trappist Monastery. The Monastery - famous for its relic of Saint Francisco Xavier - is the finishing point of "El Camino de Oracio" (The Road of Oracio).

Oita Trappist Monastery

The finishing point overlooking Beppu Bay. A relic of St. Xavier (a part of his right arm) sent from Rome is in the altar.

Xavier Road

The road St. Xavier is believed to have walked on in his journey to Funai, Oita City.

Hiji Martyrs’ Park

Place where a high-ranking official of the Hiji domain, Kagayama Hanzaemon and his son were martyred.

Graves of the Taki family and Taki Rentaro

Ryusenji temple with graves of the Taki family. Taki Rentaro is a famous Japanese composer and his grandfather was a high-ranking official of the Hiji domain and had other important positions.

Xavier’s Beach Departure Spot

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