Travel / Tourism Spots in Nagasaki Area

  • Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
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    4.5
    2002 Reviews
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    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.

    Was a very poignant and thought provoking experience. Worth it 100%! Showed amazing artifacts and items from homes and outposts, really worth it. Would highly recommend for everyone visiting Nagasaki

  • Unzen Jigoku
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    4.0
    551 Reviews
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    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.

    It is main reason why one has to go to Unzen. You may need 2 to 3 hours to get around the whole place. Wearing a pair of comfortable shoes is recommended.

  • Urakami Cathedral
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    4.0
    401 Reviews
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    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.

    This was my first time to Nagasaki. This cathedral in positioned on a hill, so you can get a bit of a view of the surrounding area. Not many places like this in Asia.

  • Shimabara Castle
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    315 Reviews
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    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.

    島原を象徴する史跡の一つです。天守は復元されたものですが威風堂々としており、ぐるっと囲まれた堀のどこから見てもその素晴らしさを窺い知ることが出来ます。 天守内は歴史資料館となっていますが、他の日本の城とは一線を画し、潜伏していたキリシタンの史料が多く展示されています。島原を中心としたキリシタンの信仰と彼らを弾圧しようとする勢力との戦いを学ぶことが出来る施設の一つでもあります。 最上階からの展望室か...

  • Hirado Castle
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    173 Reviews
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    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.

    A GREAT way to spend a 1/2 day in just an amazing place in southern Japan. Come enjoy the beauty, and history of a castle so deep in history. Hairdo is also the birth place of christianity in...

  • Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum
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    4.0
    216 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Dejimamachi 2-1
    "Located next to ""Nagasaki Seaside Park"", the museum has an impressive open atmosphere adopting greenery and light. The architecture was designed by Kengo Kuma, who also designed the buildings of Starbucks Coffee in Dazaifu and the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center, and has received numerous awards including the Good Design Award. The exhibits are based on the art collection from Spain during World War II by Yakichiro Suma, an envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary, and include many works of art related to Nagasaki and Spanish artworks. Three-minute walk from Dejima tram stop."

    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...

  • Nagasaki Confucian Shrine and Historical Museum of China
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    199 Reviews
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    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.

  • Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
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    4.5
    192 Reviews
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    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.

    I visited the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture during my tour with Huber Tomodachi Guide. My guides were so friendly and kind and knew a lot about Nagasaki history! They taught me a lot and...

  • Nagasaki Kameyama Shachu Memorial Museum
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    3.5
    218 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Irabayashi 2-7-24
    The Kameyama Shachu was a society set up by Sakamoto Ryoma and friends with the help of the wealthy Kozone merchant family in 1865. In addition to being involved in the marine transport industry, the society took part in the planning of the Satsuma-Choshu Alliance and numerous other key events from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji Restoration. This memorial museum is housed inside a renovated and restored building of the society’s, and singer and actor Tetsuya Takeda serves as honorary director. The museum displays a replica of the boots Ryoma wore, copies of his letters, and other ephemera, making it a must-see for fans of this great historic figure.

    Although I had been several times in Nagasaki, this was the first time that I visited Kameyama Shachu. It was much smaller than I had thought, but anyway it was very impressive to stand the site...

  • Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum
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    4.5
    178 Reviews
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    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.

    Behind 26 martyrs monument, there is a museum about Christian culture and history in Nagasaki. Even Mother Theresa once came to visit this place. Many old documents are displayed, and it is a little...

  • Nita-toge Pass Lookout Deck
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    4.0
    130 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen
    This observation area is located in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. You can enjoy the nature of the four seasons of the Nitta Pass and Mt. Myoken including the autumn leaves, spring azaleas and summer fresh greenery. In addition, the Unzen Ropeway also operates from the adjacent Nita Pass Station to Myokendake Station. In addition, there is also a second deck where you can see Mt. Heiseishinzan.

    My husband and I hiked up the three mountain tops during my visit in January. When we got to the top of Fugen-dake, the stunning view of ice hanging on the tree tops really impressed us a lot.

  • Kofukuji Temple
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Teramachi 4-32
    A Buddhist temple founded in 1620 by Chinese priest Shinen in prayer for the safe travels of traders sailing to and from Nagasaki. The main temple nave, a nationally designated Important Cultural Property, was rebuilt in 1883 by Chinese artisans and is purely Chinese in architectural style. The temple’s charms, made from water strainers, are said to bring the fulfillment of love as well as traffic safety. An eight-minute walk from the Kokaidomae stop on the tramway.

    Beautiful temple with interesting inner worship hall. You can also enjoy a lovely and authentic green tea service!

  • Sofukuji Temple
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Kajiyamachi 7-5
    The oldest Chinese-style Buddhist temple in Japan. The temple was built in 1629 by Chozen, priest from Fuzhou, China. The Dai’ippo-mon gate and Daio Ho-den hall are designated National Treasures. Many other buildings on the temple’s grounds are also protected as Important Cultural Properties. The Buddhist statues and ritual implements in the temple hall were all created by Chinese craftsman. One of the Four Nagasaki Temples of Good Fortune.

    Lots of steps to climb to really do and see just a little. But temples are like that. You can take a lot of beautiful pictures and enjoy the quietness of the scenery.

  • Unzen Ropeway
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    4.0
    108 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 551
    This ropeway operates from the Unzen Nita Pass in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City to nearby the summit of Mt. Myoken. You can enjoy magnificent views of Unzen, designated as a part of Unzen-Amakusa National Park, from inside the gondola. In addition, the station has facilities such as specialty goods shops and a mountain summit observation center, and Unzen Nita Pass Premium Night is an event held where you can watch the night views and starry sky of Amakusa and Shimabara.

    If you are not prepared to go hiking, it is an easy way to go to the mountain top. I hiked up and took the ropeway down.

  • Iki City Ikikoku Museum
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    4.5
    98 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Iki Ashibecho Fukaetsurukifure 515-1
    "A museum located in Fukaetsurukifure Ashibe-cho, Iki City. The musem contains exhibits on Iki Province, which is discussed in the ancient ""Gishiwa Jinden"" and which played a vital role in connecting Japan to the continent. Via exhibits on the over 270 tumuli dotting the island, dioramas depicting the ancient ships which traveled between here and the Korean Peninsula, and other exhibits, visitors can learn about the history of Iki Province."

    You can see the life of Japanese in ancient age and the history of exchange point between Japan and continental of China.

  • Gunkanjima Digital Museum
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Matsugaemachi 5-6
    Gunkanjima (Hashima Island) is located some 18 kilometers off the coast of Nagasaki Port. Due to its resemblance to the Tosa-class battleship, the island came to be known as Gunkanjima (literally, Battleship Island). Using state of the art digital technologies, the Gunkanjima Digital Museum helps visitors to experience the history of the Hashima Coal Mine located on the island. Some of the museum’s many highlights include a recreation of the journey miners would take from the surface to the heart of the mine below sea level and an exhibit which recreates the room of a miner’s dwelling.

    Amazing technology that allows you to walk around the island. A lot of information, you wonder how people ever managed to live there in such conditions. And you cant help but leave wondering why...

  • Unzen Disaster Memorial Museum Gamadasu Dome
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    4.5
    108 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Heiseimachi 1-1
    The museum was established to convey to future generations the “Great Heisei Eruption” of Mt. Unzen Fugen from 1990 to 1996. The memorial hall has been built on the spot that was damaged by the eruption and which was originally sea. From the observation point, you can view the Ariake Sea and Mt. Unzen Fugen together with the new sight of the revitalized town. Experience type programs with varying contents are also held. It is a 10-minute walk from the “Arena Iriguchi” bus stop.

    It is very touching to go inside this museum, you can find all the relevant information, photos and remains of the two eruptions in 1792 and 1991. I am very much impressed by two things: First is...

  • Glover Garden (Former Glover House)
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    20 Reviews
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    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.

    以前、別の建物で営業していたレトロ写真館がこちらに移転していました。元は東山手にあった英語教育を行った学校で前の所有者は海星学園だったようです。成人式の記念撮影で賑わっていました。

  • Roadside Station Yuhigaoka Sotome
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Higashishitsumachi 149-2
    "This roadside station is located in Higashishitsu-machi, Nagasaki City. Besides selling specialty products such as local agricultural and marine products and ""de Rotz-sama Somen,"" the restaurant offers a lunch buffet with home-made dishes using local ingredients, and set meals and a la carte dishes at night. You can take in what is said to be the most beautiful sunset in Nagasaki from the location where you can see Sumonada sea and the Goto Islands during fine weather. In addition, it is adjacent to the Endo Shusaku Literature Museum."

    This is the place to buy some local produce and enjoy the amazing view. Dont forget to try ice cream cone at the mini ice cream shop. Their soft serve vanilla ice cream is delicious!

  • Roadside Station Mizunashi Honjin Fukae
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    68 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Minamishimabarashi Fukaechou Tei 6077
    "This roadside station is located in Tei, Fukae-cho, Minamishimabara City along the Shimabara Highway. It has a shop with approximately 1,000 specialty products and original products such as ""Somen Kanrinto"" and ""Iriko Senbei,"" restaurant offering the local Shimabara cuisine ""Guzoni,"" stores for Miyamakirishima azaleas and an antiques store. In addition, there is also Memorial Park of Houses Destroyed by Debris Flow, that shows the damage from an eruption of Mt. Unzen Fugen, and a Large Pyroclastic Flow Experience Center that shows valuable footage during disasters. You can see Mt. Heiseishinzan from the premises."

    Visited as part of a group tour from a cruise ship. A very emotional visit. Flow from the erupting volcano drowned these houses up to roof height. They are now preserved in a large covered site, that...

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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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