The Path of Sacred Prayer / "El Camino de Oracio" (The Road of Oracio)
  The starting point of this 111 kilometer "El Camino de Oracio" walk is the Petro Kasui Kibe Memorial Park where you can see the statue of Father Kibe, the first Japanese person to visit Jerusalem. Here in Kunimi, located in Kunisaki City, there are many historic sites that people have believed related to underground Christians; a tombstone engraved with “martyred small girl,” stone reliefs of two figures that are believed to be monks, the Nishihama stone engraving that have been called “INRI alter stone,” and so on. After visiting these sites and the birthplace of Father Kibe, the route goes southward along the coastline, which includes the Kunisaki Peninsula Cycling Road, the Tomiku Kaiun Bridge, Michi-no-Eki Kunisaki, some stamp desks and the Oita Airport, before proceeding to Kitsuki City.

Section③④Kitsuki Area→

Kurotsuzaki Beach

White sandy beach with pine forests. Good for swimming and camping. Selected as one of Oita’s 100 most beautiful sceneries.

Stone reliefs (alleged to be of monks)

Discovered recently. Two praying figures carved in the stone are believed to be monks.

Statue of Father Petro Kasui Kibe

Statue in the park faces in the direction of Rome. Father Kibe was beatified in 2008.

Nishihama stone engraving (alleged INRI alter stone)

There are some theories about this stone, but a pattern engraved below the indent, in which was seemingly used to put offerings for religious rites, looks like fish. Fish in the Greek language is “Ichthys,” which means Jesus Christ, Son of God, and Savior, and the fish mark was used as a secret symbol for persecuted Christians. Children in the community have been told not to climb on the stone because it would bring them bad luck.

Michi-no-Eki Kunisaki

 

Sato-no-Eki Oita-no-Sora Musashi