Kuroshima (letting the cat out of the bag or) is located in the southwest coast of Kitamatsuura Peninsula of Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, is the largest island Kujukushima comprise about 12km away West Sea National Park to the west from the mainland Sasebo.

  • Around -12.5㎞
  • Area -5.37㎞
  • Population -538 people (2010)
  • 1958 year, town name "Kuroshima cho (Kuroshima Town)" to ... former Kitamatsuura Kuroshima Village → Sasebo Kuroshimamen. The Kuroshima whole area became a 1 town.

  • Origin of the name


    There are two theories about why this island has been called Kuroshima or Black Island.
    One is, when you look at the Kuroshima from the sea, for trees that appear black and bristly, the theory that he called "Kuroshima". The other is, because it was inhabited by many Catholics, is said to be "Cruz Island" (cruz = meaning of the Cross in Portuguese), this is the theory that became the "black island" dull. In addition, there are black people and the color sense of the rock, even a theory that or not is in other words from the granite of color.
    However, since the name of Kuroshima appeared in an old record which was written long before the introduction of Christianity, the first theory is probably correct.

    Spring Water Island


    This island used to be called Water Island because of its abundant spring water.
    Currently, the well also has more than one hundred locations, drought has spring water without, water is abundant. Each well leaf well water field use Sha number of households de managed weavers, clean vegetables water wo protect reservoir two, domestic wastewater door mix no volumes of mountain Roh medium Nad, house scolded away other place two well wo made hand there is masu.
    There is also that there is abundant water, "Lourdes fountain" will also be seen on the island each place.

    Island consisting 8 district

    Kuroshima island consists of 8 areas. From the port clockwise, Honmura, Todobira, Furusato, Hikazu, Neya, Nakiri, Tashiro, and Warabe.


    • Motomura

      In villages in the north coast central part of the island, the district mainly live in Buddhists. Because the village where Buddhists from ancient times has been living collection "Motomura" is a common example to other regions, there is the same name district also Mawatari village of Saga Prefecture.

    • Todo flat

      Flat land facing the north coast of the island. In the old days, from the fact that there was a temple, with this place name. As Motomura was considered the center of the island, it is said to be the sense of where the east of the temple stood.

    • hometown

      In the village of the eastern end of the island, we live many Buddhists. Once to the island Catholic Muslims fled the persecution, temporarily after became a deserted island, because I lived to Buddhists Motomura and hometown who emigrated from Hirado, "hometown" in the sense of the old settlements in the District 8 It attached with.

    • Number of days

      Place names facing the east coast of the island. That had counted the number of days to the date on which the morning sun refers to the calendar instead. Place name was born from this thing. There is also a surname "Nissutani", it would be some kind of involvement.

    • Netani

      Place name is located in the southeast part of the island. Kuroshima time was folded clan territory ranch belonging Hirado Domain, criticism less day also good at, because the horse in grazing was resting collection is said to be "Neya", it becomes "Netani" in turn .

    • Nakiri

      Village located in the central part of the island in the area of ​​loose slope that climbed the hill from Motomura. Under the name refers to the terrain surrounded by mountains and cliffs and "Nakiri", and proceed to the south south bank of the cliff, the place name that steep slope of the road is narrow Nanamagari is attached from the shape of the stalemate to reach the coast.

    • Tashiro

      In the village of from the central south coast of the island, one of the 8 part district, once it is said to were often owned by the amount of paddy fields. Is a district name that means the rice paddies.

    • bracken

      A little village in the west of the center of the island. Spring water are many, trees often. Once upon a time seems to bracken has caught many in the humid land. Bracken of names accent, became a "lad".