Welcome to Nagano! Nagano is famous for one of the largest and oldest Buddhist temples in Japan. Indeed, it is called a Buddhist city.
But in Nagano and its surrounding areas, there are also many Christian churches. In the midst of the many gods and complicated religious traditions of this country, we Christians worship one true God, believing in the love of the Almighty Father, salvation by grace through Jesus Christ, and the living and active power of the Holy Spirit.
Due to historical circumstances, the worldwide church of Christ is divided into many denominations, but before God the Father there is only one church. So we think that seeking the path of unity, love and cooperation in the worldwide church is important. Especially in a mostly non-Christian country, such as Japan, when evangelism is caried out, cooperation is needed.
Now is the time when we must go beyond national boundaries and understand each other, make peace, and realize a fellowship of love. In a time like this, the effort that the church must make in that direction is important. As people from around the world meet here, the church can help to deepen both the unity of faith and each person's understanding of their own joy. The church can spread Christ's love in the world and increase prayer for the Kingdom of God which brings all things into unity.
So please, visit us at the Christian churches of Nagano while you are in Japan. We would love to welcome you.
The Christian Conference of Northern Nagano Prefecture
Genzo Mizuno was born in Sakaki Town, near Nagano City, in 1937, and died in 1984 at the age of 47.
When Genzo was nine, a high fever from dysentery left him paralized and unable to speak. At the age of twelve, he first came into contact with the Bible. When he was thirteen, he was baptized as a Christian. He learned to write poems, by choosing one-by-one the Japanese characters by blinking his eyes, as his mother moved her pencil over the 50 character table.
Genzo Mizuno's faith, his poems full of humble thanks and joy, his troubles and struggles, and life of victory in a paralized body are continuing to spread ripples of influence as people's hearts respond in Japan and internationally. In the non-Christian country of Japan, it seems that the good news of Jesus Christ is putting down roots, making flowers bloom, and becoming a remarkable sign to people.
But when, after a time, Japan entered an age of more unity, Christian teaching was prohibited, the country entered a period of isolation, and many Christians were killed for their faith.
The next time Christianity was preached in Japan was after the country was reopened to the outside world in 1859. During the 19th century foreign missionaries came to Japan from the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, and from various Protestant denominations, telling the good news about Jesus and establishing churches.
But, after 1890, the Emperor became the holy head of state in Japan, the country strove to become rich and prosperous, and Japan followed a path to unified control of ideology and education. And then, during World War II, the church was forced to cooperate with the state.
In 1945, with defeat in war, a new era of religious freedom came to Japan. From Europe and North America many missionaries came. The Japanese churches recovered the essence of the Gospel and reformed the relationship between church and state. But in spite of the fresh start, today, with traditional religion and custom in family life and public observances, Japanese evangelism is difficult, and Christians do not exceed one percent of the population.
Currently the Japanese church is also involved in education and social welfare, and sends missionaries all over the world. Recently, as many foreign workers have come to Japan from Southeast Asia, Middle East and South America, the Japanese church's international resposibility has become more important. Also in recent years, our Christian interdenominational mutual understabding and cooperation have flourished. To foster that, the Christian Conference of Northern Nagano Prefecture was established in 1985.
|Nagano Church||6, Nishi-Nagano, Nagano City||026-232-6043||*|
|Inariyama Church||198 Haruta-machi, Nagano City||026-273-2051|
|Iiyama Church||2278 Fukuju-maci, Iiyama City||0269-62-3078|
|Obuse Chapel||851 Obuse Town||026-247-2033|
|Nagano Church||1491-12 Nishi-tsuruga, Nagano City||026-232-6949||*|
|Nagano Yoshida Church||1-16-24 Yoshida, Nagano City||026-241-7702||*|
|Shinonoi Church||625-2 Fuse-takada, Nagano City||026-292-0549|
|Nakano Church||2-6-4 Chuo, Nakano City||0269-22-3503|
|Suzaka Church||967-1 Harukimachi, Suzaka City||026-245-2353|
|Church of Christ in Japan||2099 Tsuruga-tamachi, Nagano City||026-235-6692|
|Church of Resurrected Christ||416 Nishinagano, Nagano City||026-232-0900|
|Korean Church of Japan||407 Kurita Higashi-bamba, Nagano City||026-243-1012||*|
|Lutheran Church||4-29-7 Uematsu, Nagano City||026-241-3781||*|
|Reformed Church||2019-4 Yanagihara, Nagano City||026-244-6597||*|
|Salvation Army||1906 Higashi-tsuruga, Nagano City||026-232-2901||*|
|United Church of Christ in Japan|
|Nagano Church||477 Agata-machi, Nagano City||026-232-3808|
|Nagano Agata-machi Church||525-17 Agata-machi, Nagano City||026-232-0733||*|
|Nagano Hongo Church||3-10-11 Miwa, Nagano City||026-241-4362||*|
|Shinonoi Church||671 Ai, Shinonoi, Nagano City||026-292-1270||*|
|Shinshu Church||1045 Nanase-Nakamachi, Nagano City||026-226-1841||*|
|Matsushiro Church||167 Tonomachi, Matsushiro, Nagano City||026-278-2041||*|
|Ueda Shinzancho Church||2-1-3 Ote, Ueda City||0268-22-1977||*|
|Sakaki Church||378-1 Amikake, Sakaki Town||0268-82-8044||*|
|Suzaka Church||405 Higashi-Yokomachi, Suzaka City||026-245-2262||*|
|Shinanomura Church||369-2 Kashiwabara, Shinano Town||026-255-2075||*|
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