English Korean japanese
7-16 Dōzamachi Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki-ken 850-0841 Japan|Casa Blanca Guesthouse|TEL:+81 95 800 2852

7-16 Dōzamachi Nagasaki-shi,
Nagasaki-ken 850-0841 Japan

Nagasaki city, Japan|Casa Blanca Guesthouse / Backpackers Hostel

Rooms/Prices Access FAQ Staff blog Reservation
HOME » NEWS » This article

Diary of Mac ~Life in Nagasaki~

We are currently working with wonderful helpers from Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand.
Our new helper Mac, from New Zealand came to Nagasaki two weeks ago and is enjoying his life in Nagasaki so far. I will introduce his diary.

Hello people of the world! My name is Mac Smith and I’m currently working part time in Casablanca in exchange for a place to sleep at night. It’s my first time in Nagasaki and so far I’m really enjoying myself! Everyone here has been really friendly and accommodating. I’ve only been working here for 10 days but already the place feels like a second home. The city itself is wonderful. I haven’t managed to see everything yet but what I have seen has been really impressive. The onsen here is probably the best onsen I’ve seen during my time in Japan. And the view of the city is breathtaking. It’s still a little early in the year for the beach but I’m really looking forward to seeing what that’s like as well!

So during my time in Japan this year I have been to Tokyo and Tottori. I would say Nagasaki is a bit of a mix of both of these places. It’s not quite as big and impressive as Tokyo but it’s definitely more urban than Tottori was. I would really recommend going everywhere though if you had the chance.

So far I haven’t managed to do much sightseeing in Nagasaki but I did make it to the peace park the other day. It was interesting seeing all the sculptures from all the different countries and learning more about the effects of the bombing. Being from New Zealand I didn’t really know anything at all about it before coming here. It’s amazing how much the bomb effected this place. It’s even more amazing that it’s been rebuilt as well as it has!

I also tried tomato ramen for the first time ever here in Nagasaki. I know there’s a lot more well known food here but I didn’t want to do everything too quickly. The ramen was interesting. Kind of like what Italian would be like if it was a soupy noodle dish. I would definitely eat it again but I think given the choice normal ramen is still a lot better.

Staying at Casablanca has been an interesting experience. It’s the first time I’ve had to share a room since sleeping with my siblings when I was young. Constantly being around people can be a bit draining but everyone is so nice that it doesn’t really matter. The constant flow of people coming and going means that every night is interesting with new people to talk to. The work isn’t too full on either.


I managed to find this job whilst looking for work online. I was already in Japan at the time and trying to figure out how I was going to spend my year here. Casablanca was one of a few places to message me back. I had a look at everything on offer and decided this was the best place to go. I definitely think I made the right decision there.

In February I came to Japan with a working holiday visa. I’m here for one year. It’s already my third time in the country and I was looking forward to spending an extended period of exploring places that I haven’t been able to see yet. I’ve always had a fascination in Japanese culture so I’m really happy that I’m able to be here right now.

Thank you

Thanks Mac!
Let’s enjoy staying and working with us!


This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: No posts found.

Make sure this account has posts available on instagram.com.

Staff Wanted HOSTEL Casa Noda
HOSTEL Casa Noda
Casa Blanca’s sister branch! The Nagasaki Guest house created by the man charmed by the Amazon River . Only 4 mintues from Nagasaki Station!