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Historical Monument Spots in Nagasaki Area

  • 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
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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.

    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...

  • Hirado Castle
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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.
  • Kosuge Ship Repair Dock
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Kosugemachi 5
    "This historic building is located along National Route 499 in Kosuge-machi, Nagasaki City. It forms one of the sites of the ""Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution"" registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the aim of repairing steam ships the Satsuma Domain imported from overseas, its construction plan was advanced by Tatewaki Komatsu, Tomoatsu Godai and Thomas Blake Glover, and it was completed in 1869. It is known as the first slip dock in Japan equipped with hauling machinery powered by a steam engine. After it was sold to Mitsubishi in 1887, it closed in 1953."
  • Former Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Nagasaki Branch Museum
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Matsugaemachi 4-27
    Completed in 1904, the building is the only existing monument designed by Kikutaro Shimoda (1866-1931), a genius of the architectural world in from the Meiji through early-Showa period and has become a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property. One of the largest Western-style buildings in Nagasaki City, it has a design that emphasizes its front facing the sea, such as with the arcade of continuous arches on the first floor, architectural style called order using the large round Corinthian columns passing through the second and third floors, and a triangle gable above it all. The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Nagasaki Branch was the only foreign bank to the west of Kobe at the time, and it was a special exchange bank whose main business was trading of foreign currencies in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong and foreign exchange for clients such as foreign residents, particularly traders. Attached to the Nagasaki Museum of Modern-Era Exchange, Sun Yat-sen & Umeya Shokichi, it introduces the history of Nagasaki that served as an international trade port and the friendship that transcended national borders between Sun Yat-sen, father of the Chinese revolution, and Shokichi Umeya, the Nagasaki entrepreneur who supported the revolution. In addition, there is also an experience corner where you can have fun learning.

    A huge former bank building being a financial museum at present. Because of time constraints I did not enter inside, but the outside was impressive enough. As I understood it from information outside...

  • Unzen Kunimi Kojiro Kuji History and Culture Park Nabeshima Residence
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    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Kunimicho Kojirohei 103-1
    A park located in Kojiro Kunimi-cho, Unzen City. The park was built around the former residence of the Nabeshima family, a nationally designated Important Cultural Property. Visitors can view the inside of the residence. There’s also a garden with large Higan cherries which bloom in February.
  • Catholic Ebukuro Church
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    Nagasaki Minamimatsuura-gun Shinkamigoto Cho Sonego 195-2
  • Higashiyamatejunibankan
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Higashiyamatemachi 3-7

    Beautiful area, with a private university next door for women. Also close to Dutch slope, and other tourist attractions. Nice exhibit , where you can read about the first female missionary teachers...

  • Higashiyamateyofujutakugun
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Higashiyamatemachi 6-25
  • Iojima Lighthouse
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    Nagasaki Nagasaki-shi Iojimamachi
  • Saiwai Bridge (Netherlands Bridge)
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    Nagasaki Hirado-shi Iwanouecho
  • Catholic Kashiragashima Church (Kashiragashima Tenshudou)
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    Nagasaki Minamimatsuura-gun Shinkamigoto Cho Tomosumigo 638
  • Kyunagasakika Univ Monchu
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Sakamoto 1-chome
  • Kyukaneishishiro Garden
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    Nagasaki Pref. Tsushimashi Iduharamachimayashiki 670-1
  • Former Nokubi Church
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    Nagasaki Kitamatsuura-gun Ojika Cho Nozakigo Nokubi
  • Minami Yamate Rest House (Minami Yamate Otsu 27Ban)
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    Nagasaki Nagasaki-shi Minamiyamatemachi 7-5

    If you come up the Sky Road, you will see this interesting building between the two elevators. At least take a look at the outside, but you can also have a quick look at the inside for free.

  • Higashi Yamate Ko Jusan Bandate
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    Nagasaki Nagasaki-shi Higashiyamatemachi 3-1

    Just off the Dutch Slope, are a number of western style clap-board houses. Open to visitors, they are fairly basic dwellings, but nevertheless something of a historical curiosity.

  • Catholic Ono Church (Ono Church)
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    Nagasaki Nagasaki-shi Shimoonomachi 2619

    If you are visiting hidden Christian sites around this area, you do not want to miss this small church. It doesn't take very long to look around, but am ocean view from surrounding area is so...

  • Kyudedukyujoin
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Nishishitsumachi 2696-1 Dezu cultural village
  • Grabbergarden
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Minamiyamatemachi 8-1

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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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