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Region
Kyushu
Island
Kyushu
Largest City
Nagasaki
Population
1,516,536

Nagasaki

A vibrant and thriving port city.

Despite its recent tragic history, Nagasaki has grown to become one of Kyushu’s most attractive cities. Portuguese and Dutch influences can be felt throughout the city’s cosmopolitan streets, which stretch all the way from Nagasaki bay up the slopes of the surrounding mountains.

Trams connect most parts of the city, making it easier to navigate all those hills for sightseeing in the day, and there’s plenty to keep you occupied in and around the bawdy entertainment district of Shianbashi at night.

The Peace Statue in Nagasaki Park . The right hand points to the nuclear threat while the left hand represents the wish for peace.

See the Peace Statue in Nagasaki Park. The right hand points to the nuclear threat while the left hand is raised in the wish for peace.

A visit to Nagasaki should include a trip to the Nagasaki Peace Park which commemorates the atomic bombing during WWII.

Impressions of Japan: Nagasaki

A whale manhole in Nagasaki
There are various memorials through the park, and the Atomic Bomb museum offers a powerful insight into the events of August 9th, 1945.

After, you can take the bus or tram up to Mount Inasa for a 360° view of Nagasaki, known as one of the best night views in Japan, to see how far the city has come.

The city is famous for having a number of important Christian sites, closely linked to the founding and development of Christianity in Japan. Oura cathedral is one of Japan’s oldest surviving churches, while Urakami cathedral was once the largest church in Asia.

Nagasaki, Japan at Confucius Shrine.

Visit the Confucius Shrine in Nagasaki built by Chinese residents in the late 19th century.

Located near the Dutch slopes, the former residential area of Nagasaki’s western traders, the Confucius Shrine (Koshi-byo) is one of the few shrines dedicated to Confucius outside of China that was built by Chinese people. Pay a visit to the Museum of Chinese History behind the shrine, which features items on loan from the Chinese National Museum in Beijing.

Take a tour of the eerie abandoned island of Gunkanjima just across from Nagasaki port. Photo by snotch.

Gunkanjima (Hashima Island) is an abandoned island about 20km away from Nagasaki port. As part of a coal mining operation, the small island was bought by Mitsubishi and became home to more than 5000 residents (making it at one time the most densely populated place in the world.) When the mine shut down in 1974, the island was quickly abandoned and declared inaccessible to the public. Tours of the island started again in 2009, where you can witness the dilapidated hospitals, deserted school classrooms and rotting staircases – an eerie setting that inspired the villain’s lair in 2012 Bond film Skyfall.

Trivia

A whale manhole in Nagasaki

Impressions of Japan: Nagasaki

Raluca's prize-winning adventure with the Japan Explorer Pass comes to an end in the city of Nagasaki; a drop of colorful ink on the map of Japan.

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How To Get There

Address

Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan

By train

Most train journeys (bullet train or local) to Nagasaki require a transfer at Fukuoka’s Hakata station to the JR Kamome limited express train.

By bus

The Kenei bus station is opposite JR Nagasaki station and runs services to various destinations around Kyushu, as well as to Osaka (overnight).

Where To Stay

Restay Puchi Nagasaki Club (Adult Only)
  • Uwamachi 5-15 Nagasaki-Shi, Nagasaki 850-0054
  • 7.3/10
  • 0.2 km
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Fujiwara Ryokan
  • Uwa-machi 6-12 Nagasaki-Shi, Nagasaki 850-0054
  • 9.2/10
  • 0.2 km
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Hotel Ikoma (Love Hotel)
  • Tamazanomachi 1-8 Nagasaki-Shi, Nagasaki 850-0053
  • 7/10
  • 0.3 km
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Hotel Sainthill Nagasaki
  • Chikugomachi 4-10 Nagasaki-Shi, Nagasaki 850-0052
  • 8.4/10
  • 0.3 km
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