Spots in Nagasaki / Isahaya / Omura Area

  • Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
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    4.5
    1981 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.

    This is a place to be reminded about the brutal facts about the realities of nuclear warfare. The museum is haunting and disturbing in its use of images that conjure up a day that will hopefully mark...

  • Urakami Cathedral
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    4.0
    396 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.

    Only 500 yards from ground zero, this church was almost obliterated by the bomb in 1945. Only a corner was left standing, which was moved to the Ground Zero Park. Rebuilt now, its something of a...

  • Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
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    216 Reviews
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    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. 

    A little bit out of the way and not a lot of transport going that way. Enjoyable afternoon seeing different species of Penguins.

  • Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum
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    214 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Dejimamachi 2-1
    Adjoining Nagasaki Seaside Park, this art museum impresses visitors with its open and airy atmosphere incorporating greenery and light. The building was designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, a firm which also designed a famous Star Bucks Coffee building in Dazaifu and the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. The design has won numerous awards, including the Good Design Award. The museum’s collection is founded on the works gathered in life by foreign diplomat Yakichiro Suma. The museum also displays artwork connected to Nagasaki and Spanish art pieces. A two-minute walk from the Dejima stop on the tramway.

    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 Dejima Wharf
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    245 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Dejimamachi 1-1-109
    "A shopping and marina complex located in Dejima-machi, Nagasaki City. Facilities include seafood, Italian, Chinese, and other restaurants; outlet shops; and an information center on the ""Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region"" World Heritage listing. Facing Nagasaki Port, it also allows visitors to enjoy beautiful sunsets and a gorgeous nightscape from the terrace area."

    We came on Friday, December 27 around 2 pm and it was kind of quiet. Not much activity. Also, you can see a lot of cranes in the distance. As there wasnt much to see, we just did a quick look and...

  • Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
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    4.5
    187 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.

    We alight at Sakura-Machi sta, walked slight upslope not too visible from the main street.. 長崎歴史文化博物館 (Nagasaki Rekishi Bunka Hakubutsukan) is a modern Museum dedicated to Nagasakis history as...

  • Fukusaya Main Store
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    4.5
    219 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Funadaikumachi 3-1
    This is a Castella shop of long standing which was established in 1624. This Castella is characterized by its fluffy texture and the dough is made with carefully selected raw materials without using additives. The contrast with the texture of the granulated sugar laid on the bottom is also unique to the Fukusaya store. The current head office in Funadaiku Town was built in the early Meiji period. The charming store’s appearance also merits a visit. The nearest station is Shiambashi, a tram station.

    Of all the castella in Japan, Fukusayas castella, ranks top 1 on my list. But if you love chocolate+walnuts+raisins in a moisty, soft, fragrant cake, then the Hollander Cake is a must. When I went...

  • Nagasaki Kameyama Shachu Memorial Museum
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    3.5
    212 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    This building showcases items from the late-Edo period in Nagasaki as well as the Kameyama Shachu and its members as well as introduces the role the Kameyama Shachu and Nagasaki played in the...

  • Nagasaki Seaside Park
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Tokiwamachi 1-60
    This is a huge park facing Nagasaki harbor. Inside are plenty of trees and an “aqua theater” using a stream of water originating from a mountain stream, making it a great place for children to play with the water. In addition, one can certainly spend a relaxing time here too with the park’s canals, the many bridges of “Oranda-zaka-bridge,” and the “Waterside Promenade” walking path.

    Nice park. Relaxing. Not much to do, but to relax and people watch. Do not come here for cherry blossoms. There are none.

  • Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum
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    4.5
    179 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    I skipped this museum several times because the exterior must win the award for the Most Ugly Museum. After I finally went, I realize thats because the story it tells is pretty ugly, too. On the...

  • Nagasaki Confucian Shrine and Historical Museum of China
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    4.0
    198 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Sofukuji Temple
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    4.0
    152 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Kofukuji Temple
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    4.0
    92 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    The Kofukuji Temple does charge an entrance fee. I was here for an event, so felt it was well worth it, even without the event, the 300 Yen fee is not so bad. The temple complex is pretty big and the...

  • Mirai Nagasaki Cocowalk
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    53 Reviews
    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.

    Our first stop after alighting at Urakami JR sta, from Hakata. Five big floors with shopping excitement. On top of that there are a floor with movie theatres and a floor with a variety of...

  • Shikairou
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    4.0
    671 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Matsugaemachi 4-5
    This Chinese restaurant is famous for inventing Nagasaki champon as well as sara udon, two distinct dishes involving noodles with various toppings. The restaurant’s signature creamy and flavorful soup broth is made by boiling two to three whole chickens as well as pork and chicken bones for three to four hours. The restaurant’s building is five stories tall. The fifth floor is the actual restaurant, offering customers a superb view. The second floor is a museum which presents the history of champon. The first floor is a shop.

    This is a tourist trap and we fell for it as we were staying in the Crowne Plaza opposite. OK the view from the restaurant was great, once we had queued, been given a table and then moved to get the...

  • Bunmeido Sohonten
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Edomachi 1-1
    A venerable castella cake shop founded in 1900. Using such exclusive ingredients as Nanban eggs, laid by hens fed on natural fodder and herbs, and select rice syrup, the shop’s uniquely prepared castella cakes have an elegant flavor. The main shop’s small indoor garden space is also a must-see. Just around one tatami mat in size, the contents of the garden change monthly, reflecting the four seasons of Miyazaki. A one-minute walk from Nagasaki Electric Tramway Ohato Station.

    Love the castella cake. Light and spongy. There were different flavours to choose from, e.g. chocolate, matcha, honey. We brought some home to give away to friends and family as souvenirs and they...

  • Glover Garden (Former Glover House)
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    4.0
    36 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.

    This was probably the best of the European houses in Glover Garden and was built by William Alt who made substantial money from the tea business.Worth taking time to stroll through and it is a...

  • Omura Park
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Omurashi Kushima 1-45-3
    This park along National Route 34 is located in Kushima, Omura City. Created in ruins of Kushima Castle, it is known as a popular cherry bloom viewing spot with approximately 2,000 Omura-zakura cherry blossoms, a nationally-designated natural monument. In addition, around 300,000 irises bloom from late-May to mid-June, and the Omura Flower Festival is also held according to when the cherry blossoms and irises bloom.

    Beautiful park. There’s a small castle and two Shrine inside the park. Good place for watching the scenes of beautiful flowers. The shrine are beautiful.

  • Yoshimune Japanese Restaurant
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    515 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Hamamachi 8-9
    This is a traditional Japanese restaurant opened since 1866. Chawanmushi (a savory egg custard) which is a signature dish from the time of the restaurant founding, is a filling dish made in large dishes full of many ingredients. It goes well with slightly sweet steamed sushi and special Battera pressed sushi. It is a large-scale restaurant with many seats, and on the second floor there is on-the-floor seating as well as tables and chairs. It is a four-minute walk from the “Kankodori” tram stop.

    A restaurant with long history. All details are nicely presented. The steamed egg is indeed a big SURPRISE. Tempura and sushi are also of very high quality. The whole building is a gem of antique...

  • Endo Shusaku Literature Museum
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    4.5
    73 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Higashishitsumachi 77
    "This literature museum is located in Higashishitsu-machi, Nagasaki City. It opened in the Sotome area, which also served as the stage for the novel ""Silence,"" for the purpose of exhibiting and researching approximately 30,000 items such as manuscripts and collections donated by Shusaku Endo's family. Besides the permanent exhibits, it also has displays related to Shusaku Endo with themes that change every two years. In addition, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the sea of Sumonada sea from the grounds."

    The Shusaku Endo literature museum was established in May 2000, with the cooperation of his widow and family, under one premise, that it in built and commands a view of the calm Goto-Nada Sea. The...

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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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