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Island Spots in Nagasaki Area

  • Gunkanjima Island
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Takashimamachi Hashima
    Located in the middle of Nagasaki Bay, Hashima Island is known by the nickname Gunkanjima Island (literally, Battleship Island). Coal was discovered on the island in 1810, and after that, it was operated for full-scale coal mining by the Mitsubishi Corporation from 1890. The island flourished as it supported Japan’s modernization from the Meiji period to the Showa period, but with the closing of the mine in 1974, the island’s residents left and it became a deserted island. Now it is possible to land on the island with a guided tour and conduct sightseeing. In 2015, Meiji Japan’s industrial revolution heritage sites including Gunkanjima Island were registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Ikinoshima Island
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    Iki city, Nagasaki prefecture
    "This island in the Genkai Sea is the 20th largest in Japan besides those of Okinawa. Located at a prime spot for maritime traffic, it was described in the ancient documents of the Gishiwajinden and the Nihon Shoki. This long history gained it certification as one of the Japan Heritage sites in 2015. Besides natural sites like ""Onino Ashiato (Devil's Footprint)"" with its connection to the legend of Onigashima and Tatsunoshima Island, which can only be visited between March and November, it has a diversity of other popular tourist spots including burial mounds, ruins, and Iki Nanasha (Seven shrines). There are also a number of annual events like the Ikinoshima Island New Year Marathon and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine's Iki Daidai Kagura. This ancient ritual music and dance has been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property. "
  • Nakaenoshima Island
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Shimonakanochou
    This uninhabited island off the coast of Hirado Island is located in Shimonakano-cho, Hirado City. It is included in ''Sacred Places in Hirado and Village,'' which forms part of the ''Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region,'' a UNESCO World Heritage. It became a holy place for the martyrdom of the Christians executed there in the early days of the prohibition on Christianity. The hidden Christians revered the island and called it by various names including ''St. John,'' and water-drawing ceremonies were held using the island's water as holy water.
  • Kujuku Islands
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    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi
    This is the general name for the 208 islands in an area covering approximately 25 kilometers from outside Sasebo Port to Hirado. Although it has the highest island density in Japan, only four of them are inhabited, and most of the coastline is preserved as is. There is the Kujuku Island aquarium Umikirara that reproduces the sea of the Kujuku Islands, observation facilities and a cruise ship, and besides being able to come into contact with rich nature such as the complex topography of the rias coast and sea life, you can also enjoy seafood including Kujuku Island oysters and activities like sea kayaking.
  • Iojima Island
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Ioujimamachi
    This island is situated approximately ten kilometers to the southwest from the center of Nagasaki City. Although once flourishing from the coal mining industry, the coal mine closed in 1972. Currently, it is a resort destination centered on the entertainment resort i+Land nagasaki, which has facilities such as a hot spring, a hotel, restaurants and beach. In addition, with the opening of Iojima Ohashi Bridge, it can now be access in just 30 minutes by car from the city center.
  • Ikitsuki Island
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Iketsu-cho
    This island is located to the northwest of Hirado Island. It is connected to Hirado Island by the Ikitsuki Ohashi Bridge, and has a population of approximately 6,000 people. Besides many Christians living there and being known as a land of martyrdom where severe repression was carried out during the period Christianity was banned, it prospered as the largest whaling base in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). At the Hirado City Ikitsuki-cho Municipal Museum Shima no Yakata, there are exhibits related to the history of the island including those on hidden Christians and whaling.
  • Hisakajima Island
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    Nagasaki Goto-shi Tanoura Cho Hisakacho Inokicho Warabicho
  • Narushima Island
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    Nagasaki Goto-shi Narumachi
  • Fukuejima Island
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    Nagasaki Goto-shi
  • Azuchioshima Island
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    Nagasaki Hirado-shi Oshimamura
  • Ojika Shima Island
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    Nagasaki Kitamatsuura-gun Ojikacho

    Ojika town has remodeled a number of Cominka, folk houses, around the island and converted them into higher end accommodations for visitors. Visitors can rent out the entire house, so privacy is...

  • Nozakijima Island
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    Nagasaki Kitamatsuura-gun Ojika Cho Nozakigo
  • Ukujima Island
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    Nagasaki Sasebo-shi Ukumachi Taira
  • Ainoshima Island
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    Nagasaki Minamimatsuura-gun Shinkamigotocho
  • Akashima Island
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    Nagasaki Kitamatsuura-gun Ojikacho
  • Izushima Island
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    Nagasaki Matsuura-shi
  • Uoze
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    Nagasaki Tsushima-shi
  • Ushijima Island
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    Nagasaki Tsushima-shi
  • Uzejima Island
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    Nagasaki Nagasaki-shi
  • Unijima Island
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    Nagasaki Tsushima-shi

Nagasaki Main Areas

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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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