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Nature Spots in Unzen / Shimabara Area

  • Unzen Nita Pass
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    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 551
    "This pass is located at the center of the Shimabara Peninsula. A ropeway station near the parking lot of the Daiichi Lookout connects to the summit of Mt. Myokendake. You can get a great view of the broadleaf forest covering Mt. Fugendake, and when conditions are right between autumn and winter, you can see the Ariake Sea and Amakusa Islands poking through a sea of clouds. The seasonal views are splendid. In spring a variety of azaleas come into bloom, and in fall the maples and other trees so beautifully color the mountain that the area has been designated a National Natural Monument. In winter you might see the fantastic spectacle of hoarfrost covering the landscape known as ""hanaboro."" "
  • Kazusa Dolphin Watching
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    Nagasaki Pref. Minamishimabarashi Kadusachou Otsu 251-11
    One can make contact with wild dolphins at the popular Kazusa Dolphin Watching. Around 300 dolphins can be found in the Hayasaki Straits, and it is possible to see them all year at a success rate of 99%. It is also possible to see cute baby dolphins in spring and summer. They offer a range of life jacket sizes meaning even small children can participate safely.

    This beats seeing dolphins in captivity in marine parks hands down. A very family-friendly outdoor activity. The group on my boat had elderly grandparents and even a toddler. Everyone had a good...

  • Kuchinotsu Port
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    Nagasaki Pref. Minamishimabarashi Kuchinotsuchou Hei 4134-71
    This port is located in Kuchinotsu-cho, Minamishimabara City. After opening as a trading port in 1562 and prospering as the base of European trade and Christian missionary activities, it was used as a port to reload coal from the Miike coal mine during the Meiji period (1868-1912). The Marine Festa in Kuchinotsu is held every July, and there are various events such as fireworks displays.
  • Genseinuma-fen
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    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen
    "This marsh located at the eastern foot of Mt. Kinugasa is a few minutes' walk from the hot springs of Unzen, and about 35 minutes by car from Shimabara Station. In the past, they had been active in fumarole activity like ""Daikyokan Jigoku"" in Unzen Jigoku, but about 600 years ago the activity began to stop, peat moss began to grow, and it is now a peat moss marsh rare even in Kyushu that has been designated as a natural monument. You can see Kyushu azaleas, Sasa gracillima and Japanese azaleas in dry areas."
  • Mt. Fugen
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    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 320
    The main peak of Mt. Unzen, it is a volcano in the center of the Shimabara Peninsula. With an altitude of 1,359 meters, it was the highest peak of Mt. Unzen until Mt. Heisei-Shinzan was formed by volcanic activity from 1990 to 1995. It was designated as a restricted zone due to eruptions, but a new mountain trail was opened in May 2012, and it became possible to climb it again. From the new mountain climbing course, you can enjoy mountain climbing while looking closely at Mt. Heisei-Shinzan, which has become the highest peak in Nagasaki Prefecture.
  • Mt.Unzen
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    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Obamacho Unzen
    A volcanic group located in the center of the Shimabara Peninsula. The group consists of mountains such as 1,359-meter-high Mt. Fugendake, Mt. Kunimidake, and Mt. Myokendake. The pyroclastic flows and avalanches caused by the eruption of Mt. Fugendake in the 90s caused widespread damage in the area and also created a lava dome which became Mt. Unzendake’s highest peak, dubbed “Heiseishinzan” (“Heisei New Mountain,” as it came into existence early in Japan’s Heisei period). The surrounding area has been designated the Unzendake Special Place of Scenic Beauty.
  • Shimabara Peninsula Geopark
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    Nagasaki Pref. Minamishimabarashi Kuchinotsuchou
  • Shimabara Peninsula Geopark
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    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Minamikushiyama
  • Shimabara Peninsula Geopark (Suwa no Ike)
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    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Obamacho
  • Mt.Iwado
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    Nagasaki Minamishimabara-shi Kazusacho Iwato
  • Suwa no Ike
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    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Obamacho Suwa no Ike
  • Hamanogawayusui
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    Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Shirachimomoyama 2
  • Tatsuishi Kaigan
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    Nagasaki Minamishimabara-shi Nishiariecho Tatsuishi
  • Hayasaki Kaigan
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    Nagasaki Minamishimabara-shi Kuchinotsucho
  • Shirachiko
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    Nagasaki Shimabara Shirachimachi
  • Bessho Dam
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    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Obamacho Unzen
  • Shimabara Peninsula
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    Nagasaki Minamishimabara-shi
  • Kunisaki
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    Nagasaki Unzen-shi
  • Issaikyonotaki
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    Nagasaki Unzen-shi
  • To No Sumi no Taki
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    Nagasaki Minamishimabara-shi Nishiariecho Nagano Ko Kaino

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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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