Tochigi / Matsugamine Catholic Church

Matsugamine Catholic Church

This Romanesque chapel built with Oyaishi stones was founded in 1932, and is proud to be the largest existing buildings built with Oyaishi stones, igneous stones only found in this area.
The interior of the church is decorated with a lot of Oyaishi stones, producing a unique atmosphere. A pipe organ is also being installed inside.
The church is illuminated at night from sunset to 8:30 pm.
* Oyaishi is a generic name for the rhyolitic breccia tuff that can be mined around the area of Oya Town, Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. It has traditionally been used as the building material for structures such as outer walls and storehouses because of its softness and ease of processing.

Location1-1-5 Matsugamine Kyokai Utsunomiya City Tochigi Prefecture Google Maps
Tour application / Contact informationTEL:+81-28-635-0405/FAX:+81-28-635-9666
Open hours8:00am-8:00pm
Mass informationEvery Sunday at 10:00am; Service held in Japanese
1st and 3rd Sundays every month at 2:00pm; Service held in English
1st Sunday every month at 4:00pm; Service held in Portuguese
Special noticesNo Mass service provided by application.
Chief priestFather Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Father Nelson Seno Cabasisi
Access5 minutes walk from Tobu Utsunomiya Station; Take a bus from JR Utsunomiya Station (west exit) and get off at the Tobu Ekimae or Tobu Nishiguchi bus stop. Walk for 5 minutes.
Further informationClick here
Inside the church

Inside the church

A lot of Oyaishi stones are used also for the interior. The altar for holding Mass is set at the front. A pipe organ is installed at the back of the altar.

Illumination at night

Illumination at night

The church is illuminated every day from sunset to 8:30pm.