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  • Palace Huis Ten Bosch
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Huis Ten Bosch Town 1-1
    A palace recreated deep inside the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. The structure, built with special permission from the royal family of the Netherlands, is a faithful recreation of the palace where Queen Beatrix lives. The Baroque style garden which extends behind the palace is a recreation of the Great Garden which was designed for the Dutch royal family. Inside the palace, visitors will find the Huis Ten Bosch Art Museum, whose collection includes etchings by Rembrandt.
  • Glover Garden (Former Glover House)
    355 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Minamiyamatemachi 8-1
    This tourist facility features various historic Western-style buildings that were moved here and remodeled, with the crown jewel being the Glover House, Japan's oldest wooden Western-style building and which was erected here at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate. In 2015, the Glover House was registered as one of the World Heritage Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining. The grounds are planted with numerous seasonal flowers such as rosebushes and bigleaf hydrangeas, providing visitors with colorful scenery year-round. The site also features a photo studio where visitors can take a commemorative picture wearing period clothing, as well as a coffee house offering a sweeping view of the harbor. Visitors are encouraged to make plenty of time and stroll the grounds leisurely.

    Interesting to see . Particularly when he built it when he was 24. He made a load of money really quickly! Would make a nice place today with some modernization.

  • Mirai Nagasaki Cocowalk
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Morimachi 1-55
    This is a large shopping mall in Mori Town, Nagasaki City. In addition to shops and restaurants, there is a sports gym on the fourth floor and TOHO cinema with nine screens on the sixth floor. The highest point of the Ferris wheel, which is a symbol of the mall, is about 70 meters above the ground and the time it takes to go around is 10 minutes and 51 seconds. A nursing room, and baby strollers are available. It is a three-minute walk from Urakami Station. The mall has a bus terminal adjacent meaning bus access is easy.
  • Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Shinchimachi
    This Chinatown is ranked as one of Japan’s top three Chinatowns after Yokohama Chukagai and Kobe Nankinmachi. In an intersection of roads that extend out east, west, north and south for 250 meters altogether are more than 40 shops and the stone-paved road was built with the help of Fujian, Nagasaki’s sister city. Nagasaki’s local cuisine is chanpon (a dish of noodles, seafood, vegetables) and zaru-udon. In this new Chinatown visitors can enjoy chanpon and zaru-udon in various shops that are full of individual character. Try the various tastes of chanpon and zaru-udon while strolling through this Chinatown full of exotic atmosphere.
  • Spectacles Bridge (Megane-bashi)
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Uonomachi
    This stone bridge spanning the Nakashima River was constructed by Kofukuji Temple’s monk Mokusu Nyojo in 1634. This is Japan’s first arch-type stone bridge with a total length of 22 meters, a width of 3.6 meters, and a height above the river surface of 5.46 meters. The name comes from how the shape of the bridge’s two semicircle arches are reflected in the water surface and look like eyeglasses when viewed from far away. This is one of Japan’s three great bridges along with Nihombashi Bridge and Kintaikyo Bridge. It was designated as a National Important Cultural Property in 1960.
  • Shimabara Castle
    247 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 are several buildings and area to walk about. The main castle tower is 5 floors. I don't recall seeing an elevator so if stairs are your enemy I would suggest not coming. The 2 floor is the...

  • Unzen Jigoku
    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.
  • Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
    193 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. 

    My second visit but this time with children. We managed to catch the penguin parade at 1330 hrs as it is only once a day. Buy a ticket early for the beach feeding as you will be given a pail of 5...

  • Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort
    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.
  • Nagasaki Bio Park
    1 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.


  • Hirado Castle
    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.
  • Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
    1721 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.

    The site gave a lot of information about what happened during ending world war 2 and what the dramatic consequences were caused by the atomic bomb. It is a must to see.

  • Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Hiranomachi 7-8
    This site, located next to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, is a memorial to those who died to the bomb and a hope for peace. There are photographs and notes that can be read, and on the second basement floor there is a mourning space with a list of the names of the dead. On the top of the facility is a water basin for the victims who had begged for water and at night it is lit up in memorial for 70,000 victims in a scene of whimsical beauty. A five-minute walk from the Atomic Bomb Museum stop on the Nagasaki Streetcar.
  • Nagasaki Peace Park (Ground zero Area / Peace Statue Area)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Matsuyamamachi
    The atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki City on August 9, 1945. The Peace Park is located on a small hill in the north of the area on which the bomb was dropped and was created with the vow to prevent the recurrence of war and the hope of world peace. The bronze Peace Statue, 9.7 meters tall and weighing 30 tons, stands in the park. The statue’s right hand point towards the heavens represents the threat of atomic bombing; the left hand held out level represents peace; the closed eyes represent a prayer for the happiness in the next world of the victims of the bombing. The Peace Fountain is located in front of the statue and is inscribed with a quote by a young girl who wondered the town in search of water after the bombing – “I was so thirsty I could not stand it / Something like oil covered the entire surface of the water / But I wanted to drink so bad / Finally, I drank it, oil and all.”
  • Urakami Cathedral
    326 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.

    walked here from the Peace Park, a few hills but doable. Coming from a Christian country, nice to visit bigger Cathedrals/Churches than the 1 tiny one in my city in Japan, felt quite nostalgic, if...

  • Nagai Takashi Memorial Museum Nyokodo
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Uenomachi 22-6
    This museum commemorates Dr. Takashi Nagai, who contributed to the rebuilding of Nagasaki and advocated eternal peace through brotherly love after losing his wife and suffering illness due to the atomic bombing. The Nyoko-do is a small house that was built by Urakami Catholics and served as the doctor’s sickroom and writing room before his death. The memorial hall displays writings and other articles that belonged to the doctor as well as a rosary used by his wife that was burned in the explosion.
  • Ni no Torii (The One Pillar Torii), Sanno-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Sakamoto 2-6-56
    The atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki City in 1945. Sanno-jinja Shrine, located on high ground around 900 meters southeast of the center of the blast, was seriously damaged, and the main hall was destroyed without a trace. The One Pillar Torii gate stands on the path leading to the shrine. Originally four torii gates stood here, but only half of this particularly gate survived the blast and stands today. The gate speaks of the menace of nuclear weapons.
  • Dejima (Site of the Dejima Dutch Trading Post)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Dejimamachi 6-1
    When the Edo shogunate imposed a policy of national isolation, Dejima became the only window for trade with the West in the nation. The Dutch trading post was moved here from Hirado in 1641. Thereafter, economic and cultural exchange between Japan and Europe took place here for the next 218 years, contributing greatly to the modernization of Japan. After the trading post was closed, the area around the island was filled in and reclaimed; today, however, a project is underway to restore the island to its historic appearance, providing visitors with a glimpse of how it once looked.
  • Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
    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.
  • Chinzei Grand Shrine  Suwa Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Kaminishiyamamachi 18-15
    The head shrine of Nagasaki commonly known as the Chinzei-taisha. The shrine is actually comprised of three shrines—Suwa, Morisaki, and Sumiyoshi. The shrine is revered for warding against misfortune, bringing luck in marriage, and providing protection at sea. Each year from October 7 to 9, the shrine holds the Nagasaki Kunchi Festival, a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Culture Property and also considered one of the biggest three festivals in Japan. An underground tunnel connects directly to the shrine from the road approaching the shrine near the Suwajinjamae stop on the tramway.

Nagasaki Main Areas


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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