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There is almost too much history to tell!
Nagasaki is the first place in Japan to have foreign exchange
and its history can be seen in everyday life here.
Experience it yourself by wandering the streets and discovering the hidden wonders.
Dejima 4-minute walk
This fan-shaped artificial island that was Japan’s only port of foreign exchange during its period of isolation. Even after Japan opened up, Dejima continued to serve as a center of trade and entry point for foreign goods and ideas.
Chinatown 2-minute walk
One of Japan’s three Chinatowns, alongside Yokohama and Kobe. Although the smallest, it has the longest history. It is also the closest Chinatown to China.
Former foreign residential area 10-minute walk
The place where foreigner residents lived after the opening of the country. The western-style houses of merchants still remain in areas called Higashi-yamate(East) and Minami-yamate(South).
World Heritage Sites / National Treasures
Glover Garden 20-minute walk
The main attraction of the foreign residential area is Thomas Glover’s former residence and garden. Glover played a role in Meiji Japan’s industrial revolution.
Oura Cathedral 20-minute walk
Japan’s oldest surviving Christian building. A historic place where Christians revealed themselves after 250 years of hiding. It is a national treasure and component of The Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region World Heritage Site.
Sofukuji Temple 10-minute walk
Much like Ryugu castle, its red gate is a landmark. Built by followers of the Obaku sect of Buddhism, it is one of the 4 Great Tang Dynasty Temples in Nagasaki. The gate and the main hall are national treasures.
Atomic Bomb and Peace related sites
Peace Park 20-minute tram ride
The Peace Park with memorial statues and another park with a monument marking the epicenter of the explosion are located side by side. The ruins of an air-raid shelter and the remains of a cathedral can also be seen here. The parks are open 24 hours a day.
Atomic Bomb Museum 20-minute tram ride
Learn about the power of the atomic bomb, the magnitude of the destruction it caused, and the current state of the nuclear arms around the world. It’s not scary. The Memorial Peace Hall next door is a beautiful building surrounded by water and greenery.
Urakami Cathedral 20-minute tram ride
After the harsh history of Christian persecution finally came to an end, the formerly largest church in the East was built over a period of 20 years. It was destroyed by the atomic bomb but a statue of Mary and other ruins still remain.
Mt. Inasa (Inasayama)
This symbol of Nagasaki City with a red radio tower can be seen on the other side of Nagasaki Port. The view from the top was selected as one of the three best night views in the world alongside Hong Kong and Monaco. Sunset is the best time to enjoy the view. You can reach the top by ropeway or bus and slope car.
*When the mountain is covered with clouds, the night view is not visible.
Mt. Nabekanmuri (Nabekanmuriyama)
10 minutes by stairs from Glover Garden Gate 2. Because it is half the height of Mt. Inasa, the city and the sea are closer, and you can get a different view of the cityscape at night. Many local people prefer the view from here. If you take a car or taxi, it takes about 15 minutes from the guest house. The view during the day is also great.
Mt. Kazagashira (Kazashirayama)
A mountain that overlooks Teramachi and faces Mt. Inasa. Near the Kameyama Shachu Memorial Museum and Sakamoto Ryoma area. In Kazagashira Park you can see a statue of Sakamoto Ryoma overlooking the Nagasaki cityscape. This area can be reached by a 30-minute climb up the stairs from Teramachi or by bus.
Douza / Shianbashi Area 0-minute walk
One of the best restaurant districts in Nagasaki is right in front of Casa Blanca. The maze of streets is filled with a variety of bars and restaurants.
Maruyama 10-minute walk
A place that prospered as one of Japan’s 3 largest flower districts. Neighboring Dejima, this area was home to geisha who interacted with foreign guests. Even now, there are geisha agencies, restaurants, and ruins of old teahouses. Also home to the main store of Fukusaya, a famous castella maker.
Hamanomachi Arcade 2-minute walk
A nearby shopping area with restaurants, cafes, souvenirs shops, department stores, supermarkets, drugstores, and local produce shops. It the center of Nagasaki City.
Daitokuji Temple Park 5-minute walk
However, ‘There no temple at Daikokuji temple’ as it is said to be one of the ‘Seven wonders of Nagasaki’. The Yakimochi(grilled rice cakes with red bean paste filling) sold in the store is popular and if you are lucky enough to meet the store open, it is definitely a “buy”.
Hot springs and Spas
Fuku no Yu 30 minutes by free shuttle bus
A hot spring located on Mt. Inasa. From the open-air bath, you can see a night view of the city. It is a large facility that includes a stone sauna and buffet. Take a free bus from Nagasaki Station or Chuobashi.
Amandi 20 minutes by free shuttle bus
A Balinese-style hot spring on Mt. Inasa. Although it is a smaller building, you can see a night view of the port from the hot spring and restaurant. Take a free bus from Yumesaito or Nagasaki Station.
Iojima 40-60 minutes by free shuttle bus
You can enjoy one of Kyushu’s largest spa theme parks in a swimsuit. There are several hot spring facilities on the island and you can enjoy the fantastical Island Lumina, as well as other activities and beaches in the summer. You can take a free bus from in front of the Nagasaki Harbor Medical Center (reservation required).