Nagasaki City

Nagasaki City is the largest city within the Nagasaki prefecture. Since the opening of its port in 1570, it has prospered as a window for trade with the West and with China. Its proximity to mainland Asia made it the only place open for trade during Japan’s long period of isolation. As a result, it has built a unique culture in which Japanese and foreign cultures coexist. Nagasaki City has two World Heritage Sites; the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution (Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding, and Coal Mining Industries),” which includes Hashima, commonly known as Battleship Island; and the “Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region,” which includes Oura Cathedral, the oldest wooden church of Gothic architecture in Japan.

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Peace Park

Nagasaki Peace Park is a tranquil space that commemorates the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which destroyed a significant portion of the city and killed tens of thousands of inhabitants. The complex is comprised of two parks and a memorial museum. Next to the museum stands a memorial hall for the victims of the atomic bomb with strikingly modern architecture. North across the street from the Hypocenter Park lies the Memorial Park that contains the iconic Peace Statue, a large fountain and various other memorials presented to the city by various governments and groups from across the world. (Image via Japan Hoppers) Activities: Museum visit Fee: JPY 200 Time required: 1 hour

 

Mt Inasa

Mount Inasa is a 333-meter high mountain close to Nagasaki's city centre. The summit can be reached by ropeway, bus or car and offers great views over the city. The night views from Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan's three best night views besides the views from Mount Hakodate and Mount Rokko. Several television and radio antennas and an observation deck with a restaurant are located at the summit.

Activities: Photo visit Fee: JPY 200 Time required: 1 hour

 

Glover Garden (Former Glover House)

The Glover Garden area is a collection of western homes and buildings reassembled around the house of the Scottish entrepreneur Thomas Blake Glover (born Fraserburgh, Scotland 1838 - died in Tokyo 1911). The grounds of Glover Garden sit atop a hill that commands a view of Nagasaki Bay and the entire city. The main attraction is the Former Glover House, the oldest Western-style wooden building in Japan. Visitors can enter the buildings and explore the well-preserved rooms, witnessing the lifestyle of the wealthy figures who inhabited them.

Activities: House visit Fee: JPY 620 Time required: 1 hour

 

Urakami Cathedral

Urakami Cathedral is a Catholic church that was once the largest Roman Catholic church in the East. The atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, and almost destroyed the church which stood only 500 meters from the hypocenter. The parish priests and few dozen Christians inside the church are assumed to have died instantly. Urakami Cathedral is now a cornerstone of peace and hope.

Activities: Church visit Fee: JPY 620 Time required: 10 minutes

 

Oura Cathedral

Built towards the end of the Edo Period in 1864 by a French missionary, Oura Cathedral is considered the oldest standing Christian church in Japan. Oura Church is dedicated to the memory of the 26 Christians who were executed in the city in 1597. Today, the working church stands as an attractive example of contemporary European architecture. The church was the first Western-style building in Japan to be designated as a national treasure. The steep admission fee includes entrance to a museum about the history of Christianity in Japan.

Activities: Church visit Fee: JPY 1000 Time required: 30 minutes

 

Hirado Island

Hirado Island off the north-west coast of Nagasaki Prefecture is a beautiful and historic location full of interesting museums, Christian churches, white sandy beaches and an imposing castle. Many of Hirado's main attractions are within easy walking distance of Hirado town's picturesque harbour. The main attractions include the Dutch Bridge, Matsura Museum, Hirado Castle, and the original site of the 1639 Dutch trading house. There are also several sites related to Christianity such as St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church, Tabira Church, Kasuga Village and so on.

Activities: Photo stop, stroll around Fee: Depends on location Time required: Minimum 1 hour

 

Dutch Slope

The Dutch Slope is a stone-paved street leading up a hillside in Nagasaki where many foreign traders resided. A few former residences remain in the area today. Among them, the Higashi Yamate 13 is open to the public. Once home to a well-to-do European family, this old Western-style house has been well preserved, with much of the old furniture and room layouts remaining. There is a balcony upstairs where nice views can be had of the surrounding area. A cafe is located on the ground floor.

Activities: Photo stop, stroll around Fee: None Time required: 30 minutes

 

Twenty Six Martyrs Monument

The Twenty Six Martyrs Monument and adjacent museum are dedicated to the twenty-six Christians who were executed here on February 5, 1597. They included both foreign missionaries and Japanese laymen. It is located in a small park on a hill and offers nice views over the city. The museum’s interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artefacts related to Christianity in Japan, including old documents, statues and jewellery. Explanations of many of the pieces are in English.

Activities: Photo stop Fee: JPY 500 Time required: 15-30 minutes

 

Hashima Coal Mine (Gunkanjima)

Lying nine miles from mainland Nagasaki, Hashima—or Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) as it is more commonly known—as the most famous of Nagasaki's 505 uninhabited islands. Given the nickname for its battleship-like silhouette, the eerie island and its former coal mine are some of Japan's most unlikely tourist attractions. In its heyday, it was the most densely populated place on Earth. Yet the island was quickly abandoned in around 1974 when energy needs changing, and the coal mines became depleted.

Activities: Stroll around Fee: JPY 3600 – JPY 4500 Time required: 1 hour

 

Nagasaki Chinatown

Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in Japan. It is home to a variety of shops and restaurants, and the best place to eat Nagasaki's famous, Chinese-influenced dishes, Chanpon and Sara Udon. During Chinese New Year, Chinatown becomes the centre of the Nagasaki Lantern Festival, a popular event in which thousands of lanterns illuminate the city. A large, recently constructed Chinese-style gate stands at the district's entrance. The neighbourhood is tranquil and atmospheric and makes for a nice stroll. It is comprised of narrow lanes with a few, Chinese-style temples and buildings scattered here and there.

Activities: Photo stop, Shopping, Stroll around Fee: None Time required: 1 hour

Nearby Areas

Meganebashi (Spectacles Bridge) is the most remarkable of several stone bridges that span the Nakashima River in downtown Nagasaki. The bridge, which gets its name from the resemblance it has to a pair of spectacles when reflected in the river water, is a popular tourist attraction and is designated as an important cultural property.

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