Spots in Nagasaki Area

  • Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
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    4.5
    1981 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Hiranomachi 7-8
    The museum is located on a hill overlooking the center of the explosion from the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki. Pictures of Nagasaki before and after the bombing as well as structures and everyday items which survived the explosion are displayed in the museum in story-like fashion. Patrons are allowed to touch some of the exhibits which convey to the present the horrors of the atomic bomb. Multilingual exhibit descriptions and audio guides are available. A five-minute walk from the Hamaguchi-machi stop on the tramway.

    This is a place to be reminded about the brutal facts about the realities of nuclear warfare. The museum is haunting and disturbing in its use of images that conjure up a day that will hopefully mark...

  • Unzen Jigoku
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    4.0
    535 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 320
    Featuring air thick with the smell of sulfur and white steam bursting from underground, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell) really lives up to its name. It is known as a place where Christians were once tortured to death, and there are monuments dedicated to their martyrdom. Some of the attractions include the “Unzen Jigoku Steaming Footbath,” where visitors can experience the sensation of geothermal heat and steam, and the “Unzen Jigoku Workshop,” which sells eggs with an interesting effect: “Eat one, and you live a year longer. Eat two, and you live two years longer. Eat three, and you live long until you die.” In the fall, over 2,000 of these eggs are sold every day, making them quite the hot item indeed.

    We took the ferry from Kumamoto and when disembark in Shimabara, this place is only 30mins away. When arrived, you can tell that this is a very small onsen town with little amenities. The biggest...

  • Shikairou
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    4.0
    671 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Matsugaemachi 4-5
    This Chinese restaurant is famous for inventing Nagasaki champon as well as sara udon, two distinct dishes involving noodles with various toppings. The restaurant’s signature creamy and flavorful soup broth is made by boiling two to three whole chickens as well as pork and chicken bones for three to four hours. The restaurant’s building is five stories tall. The fifth floor is the actual restaurant, offering customers a superb view. The second floor is a museum which presents the history of champon. The first floor is a shop.

    This is a tourist trap and we fell for it as we were staying in the Crowne Plaza opposite. OK the view from the restaurant was great, once we had queued, been given a table and then moved to get the...

  • Yoshimune Japanese Restaurant
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    4.0
    515 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Hamamachi 8-9
    This is a traditional Japanese restaurant opened since 1866. Chawanmushi (a savory egg custard) which is a signature dish from the time of the restaurant founding, is a filling dish made in large dishes full of many ingredients. It goes well with slightly sweet steamed sushi and special Battera pressed sushi. It is a large-scale restaurant with many seats, and on the second floor there is on-the-floor seating as well as tables and chairs. It is a four-minute walk from the “Kankodori” tram stop.

    A restaurant with long history. All details are nicely presented. The steamed egg is indeed a big SURPRISE. Tempura and sushi are also of very high quality. The whole building is a gem of antique...

  • Urakami Cathedral
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    4.0
    396 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Motomachi 1-79
    This Cathedral of the Catholic Church is located to the north of Nagasaki City. Its story began in the Edo period, with the ban on Christianity and the persecution of believers who lived in Urakami. The cathedral was built during the Meiji and Taisho periods. It was, however, later destroyed by the atomic bomb, leaving only a single wall standing, and the present building is a reconstruction of the original cathedral, built in 1959. It is located 5 minutes' walk from the Heiwa Koen (Peace Park) tram stop.

    Only 500 yards from ground zero, this church was almost obliterated by the bomb in 1945. Only a corner was left standing, which was moved to the Ground Zero Park. Rebuilt now, its something of a...

  • Shimabara Castle
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    303 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Jounai 1-1183-1
    Shimabara Castle is located at the foot of Mt. Unzen overlooking the Ariake Sea. The castle is comprised of a five-tier tower surrounded by turrets of various sizes and incorporates the castle architectural style of the Azuchi-Momyama period. The castle is distinguished by its tall and strong walls. After it was completed in 1624, the castle served as the seat of 19 generations of feudal lords from four clans over a 250-year history and was the stage for many historical events. The castle was demolished with the Meiji Restoration but the tower was restored in 1964. The interior of the castle is a museum which exhibits materials related to the early Japanese Christians and other local history matters.

    The big deal about this castle is the part it played in the Shimabara Rebellion in the 1600s. The mostly Christian peasants rose up against their cruel master and attacked this (his) castle. They...

  • Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort
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    4.0
    256 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Kashimaechou 1008
    This is a resort park focusing on marine leisure, filled with the charm of the Kujukushima sea. One can enjoy marine sports such as yachting and sea kayaking, or take a tour on a sightseeing boat. With an aquarium, souvenir shop and restaurant too, it is gaining popularity especially with families bringing children.

    Dont miss this, even if you only have one day in Sasebo. We take all our visitors here. So gorgeous! One-hour boat ride from a lovely little harbor, through the 99 Islands area (actually more...

  • Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
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    4.5
    216 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Shukumachi 3-16
    This aquarium houses around 180 penguins, including nine varieties of the total 18 that inhabit the Earth. It is a facility where one can see at once a host of penguin personalities including the large and gentle king penguin, the attractively-feathered macaroni penguin, and the curious gentoo penguin. One can also try feeding and petting the animals. In addition, Biotope, which replicates the Nagasaki woodland, is a popular spot with many age groups as a place to see seasonal plants and animals. 

    A little bit out of the way and not a lot of transport going that way. Enjoyable afternoon seeing different species of Penguins.

  • Nagasaki Bio Park
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    4.5
    183 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Saikaishi Seihichounakayamagou 2291-1
    Nagasaki Bio Park is unusual among Japanese zoos for keeping and displaying the animals in a nearly natural setting. Two hundred different species, including mammals, birds, and reptiles, live in the zoo, and visitors can encounter the animals everywhere and even feed them. Depending on the season, Nagasaki Bio Park features a number of other events, including fishing for crayfish, picking strawberries, or the capybara outdoor bath.

    This is an interactive zoo. You go into their enclosures. Little vending machines take a 100-yen coin. You receive food for that particular animal, and they will eat it right from your...

  • Fukusaya Main Store
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    4.5
    219 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Funadaikumachi 3-1
    This is a Castella shop of long standing which was established in 1624. This Castella is characterized by its fluffy texture and the dough is made with carefully selected raw materials without using additives. The contrast with the texture of the granulated sugar laid on the bottom is also unique to the Fukusaya store. The current head office in Funadaiku Town was built in the early Meiji period. The charming store’s appearance also merits a visit. The nearest station is Shiambashi, a tram station.

    Of all the castella in Japan, Fukusayas castella, ranks top 1 on my list. But if you love chocolate+walnuts+raisins in a moisty, soft, fragrant cake, then the Hollander Cake is a must. When I went...

  • Nagasaki Dejima Wharf
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    4.0
    245 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Dejimamachi 1-1-109
    "A shopping and marina complex located in Dejima-machi, Nagasaki City. Facilities include seafood, Italian, Chinese, and other restaurants; outlet shops; and an information center on the ""Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region"" World Heritage listing. Facing Nagasaki Port, it also allows visitors to enjoy beautiful sunsets and a gorgeous nightscape from the terrace area."

    We came on Friday, December 27 around 2 pm and it was kind of quiet. Not much activity. Also, you can see a lot of cranes in the distance. As there wasnt much to see, we just did a quick look and...

  • Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum
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    4.0
    214 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Dejimamachi 2-1
    Adjoining Nagasaki Seaside Park, this art museum impresses visitors with its open and airy atmosphere incorporating greenery and light. The building was designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, a firm which also designed a famous Star Bucks Coffee building in Dazaifu and the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. The design has won numerous awards, including the Good Design Award. The museum’s collection is founded on the works gathered in life by foreign diplomat Yakichiro Suma. The museum also displays artwork connected to Nagasaki and Spanish art pieces. A two-minute walk from the Dejima stop on the tramway.

    Impressive building at the southern end of Dejima. Attended the Audrey Hepburn exhibition. I could look at Audrey all day and there were some 200 images to gaze upon but without a scintilla of...

  • Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan
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    4.5
    199 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 320
    This hot spring facility is located in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. It has an open-air bath with water directly from the source, large public bath and reservation-only family bath with an open-air bath, uses milky-white hot spring water containing a large amount of metasilicic acid with skin beautifying effects using Unzen Jigoku's Daikyokan Jigoku and Jaken Jigoku as a source. Besides being good for acne, heat rashes, skin irritations and athlete's foot from its high bactericidal effects, it also has a good effect on various symptoms such as nerve pain, muscle soreness and joint pain. In addition, you can also taste traditional course meals utilizing seafood from the Ariake Sea and Tachibana Bay.

    This is a very nice ryokan in a beautiful location. I pity anyone who tries to drive here, they will collect you in a shuttle bus from Nagasaki station. This is our third ryokan experience and each...

  • Hirado Castle
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    4.0
    166 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Iwanouechou 1458
    This was the residential castle of the Matsura clan, the feudal lords of the Hirado Domain. The fortification technology at the time incorporated the unusual Yamagaryu (Yamaga school) style. Construction originally began in 1599 as “Hi-no-Takejo” but as it neared completion in 1613, it fell under suspicion from Tokugawa Ieyasu due to the deep friendship the clan had with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, so the clan head Shigenobu burned down the castle himself. The clan lived in the palace that was on the site for about 90 years, and reconstruction of Hirado Castle began in 1704 and was completed in 1718. The view of the Port of Hirado looking down from the castle keep is outstanding, and visitors can obtain a view that includes the virgin forest of Kuroko Island (a Natural Monument) and the Hirado Ohashi Bridge.

    Castle closed till Mar 31, 2021. Outside grounds were beautiful and peaceful. The cherry blossom trees were in bloom which was awesome.

  • Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
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    4.5
    187 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Tateyama 1-1-1
    Jointly built by the prefecture and city of Nagasaki in 2005, the museum presents the history of Nagasaki with a focus on its history of international exchange. Exhibits include writings and artwork from countries and regions with which Nagasaki was closely connected to such as China, Korea, and the Netherlands. The museum’s collection also includes historical materials from the Nagasaki Magistrate’s Office deemed Important Cultural Properties and which have also served as sources for numerous historical novels and Japanese period dramas. A 10-minute walk from JR Nagasaki Station.

    We alight at Sakura-Machi sta, walked slight upslope not too visible from the main street.. 長崎歴史文化博物館 (Nagasaki Rekishi Bunka Hakubutsukan) is a modern Museum dedicated to Nagasakis history as...

  • Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum
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    4.5
    179 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Nishizakamachi 7-8
    In 1597, six Franciscan missionaries and 20 Japanese Christians were executed on this hill as a result of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s prohibition of Christianity. It is reported that they requested to be martyred here because the site resembled the hill of Golgotha upon which Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross, and many other missionaries and followers were executed on this spot thereafter. A bronze monument featuring full-body statues of the 26 martyrs was erected in 1962. The Roman Catholic Church designated this spot as an official Vatican pilgrimage spot in 1950.

    I skipped this museum several times because the exterior must win the award for the Most Ugly Museum. After I finally went, I realize thats because the story it tells is pretty ugly, too. On the...

  • Nagasaki Confucian Shrine and Historical Museum of China
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    4.0
    198 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Ouramachi 10-36
    The museum was built in 1983 with the aim of promoting cultural exchange and friendship between China and Japan. Museum displays are changed every two to three years, with important articles from the collections of museums throughout China on permanent display. The adjoining Confucian Shrine was built in 1893 through cooperation between the Chinese Qing government and people of Chinese heritage residing in Japan and is an extremely rare example of authentic Chinese mausoleum architecture in the country. A three-minute walk from the O-Uratenshudoshita stop on the tramway.

    Entrance to this Confucius Shrine will set you back 660 yen per person. There is lots of construction around the perimeter of the shrine.

  • Unzen Fukudaya
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    4.0
    181 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 380-2
    "A hot spring hotel situated along the Unzen Road in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. The baths in the hotel's bathhouse are constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style from a sulfur spring whose waters are said to treat such ailments as high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, chronic skin diseases, and chronic women's diseases. Facilities include a garden outdoor bath, indoor bath area combining folk and modern design elements, and four private reservable baths; the bathhouse is also open to non-guests. The hotel boasts a full array of other facilities, including a cafe with terrace seating which serves draft beer and lunches like juwari soba noodles made with 100% buckwheat flour from Takaki-cho, Isahaya City."

    It was an comfortable 40-minute drive from Shimabara Port to Unzen on a drizzly misty Wednesday afternoon. Fukudaya is easy to pick out in this small mountain resort being the tallest-looking. We...

  • Sasebo Burger BigMan Kyomachi Main Store
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    4.0
    154 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Kamikyoumachi 7-10
    A venerable Sasebo burger shop beloved by its customers since it was established in 1970. Said to be the originator of the bacon and egg burger, Big Man uses homemade bacon and the shop’s many menu selections are made with breads crafted by the founder, a former bread artisan. No matter what you choose, it’s sure to be good—making choosing a difficult task. The shop can also accommodate wheelchairs and baby strollers. A 10-minute walk from JR Sasebo Station.

    Was late for dinner and saw this place still open and fantastic looking thick burgers. Taste good just it’s too big for my bite. Need two bite for the whole thickness. It’s a small joint with few...

  • Nagasaki Seaside Park
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Tokiwamachi 1-60
    This is a huge park facing Nagasaki harbor. Inside are plenty of trees and an “aqua theater” using a stream of water originating from a mountain stream, making it a great place for children to play with the water. In addition, one can certainly spend a relaxing time here too with the park’s canals, the many bridges of “Oranda-zaka-bridge,” and the “Waterside Promenade” walking path.

    Nice park. Relaxing. Not much to do, but to relax and people watch. Do not come here for cherry blossoms. There are none.

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This hidden corner of the country is rural Japan at its best, where underground activity is to thank for active volcanoes and bubbling natural hot springs along the Shimabara Peninsula as well as the crystal clear waters of the Goto Islands off the west coast. Less well known than Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, Nagasaki commemorates its own past at the Nagasaki Peace Park, which sits alongside the charming Meganebashi stone bridge and a mix of religious buildings with beautiful architecture, such as the Zen Buddhist Sofukuji Temple, the Confucian Shrine, and the Oura Christian Church.

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