Where to Go in Nagasaki

No matter where you go in Nagasaki, the landmarks and locations worth checking out all have a connection to the city’s compelling past. On one side you will be reminded of the devastation and impact left by the atomic bomb, and on the other, you will be reminded of the city’s vibrant history as a trading post, the connection to the foreign world, and the importance of the city from the time of the first contact with Portuguese explorers in the 16th century.

  • 01

    National Peace Memorial and Atomic Bomb Museum

    The Peace Memorial and Atomic Bomb Museum are located to the north of Nagasaki Station in Heiwamachi (Peace Town). As impactful as it maybe for some, this is the top must-visit destination in the city. The memorial and museum are in separate building but are connected by a tunnel making it easy to visit both places at once. The memorial side is marked by two towering glass pillars pointing toward the bomb’s epicenter. Inside the structure, you can get a close look at the glass chamber holding the names of the victims. On the museum side, visitors are given a detailed account of the events leading up to and following the dropping of the atomic bomb. Although the experience can be chilling, a stop here is invaluable.

    Atomic Bomb Museum

    Atomic Bomb Museum

    Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
    rating

    4.5

    1946 Reviews
    place
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Hiranomachi 7-8
    phone
    0958441231
    opening-hour
    [Apr., Sep.-Mar.] 8:30-17:30…
    Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
    place
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Hiranomachi 7-8
    phone
    0958140055
    opening-hour
    [4/1-4/30]8:30-17:30[5/1-8/3…
  • 02

    Dejima

    In central Nagasaki, a short walk from the harbourfront lies Dejima. This artificial island was built in 1634 by local merchants. During the Edo Period is was first built to house Portuguese traders but used eventually by the Dutch as their trading post. It’s claim to fame is the fact that it was the only point in Japan where foreigners were allowed to live and trade. Not many of the original structures remain, but the faithfully constructed replicas provide a good testament of what life was like on this tiny island. Open from 8am to 6pm, the entrance fee is 510 yen for adults. This allows you access to the central road and the exhibits inside the houses.

    Dejima

    Dejima

    Dejima (Site of the Dejima Dutch Trading Post)
    place
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Dejimamachi 6-1
    opening-hour
    8:00-21:00(Last entry20:40)
  • 03

    Glover House

    Glover House is the former home of Thomas Blake Glover, a well-respected Scottish businessman in Nagasaki, recognised in history books for his great contribution to the modernization of Japan. You will find Glover House with its luscious gardens and scenic views of the harbour, in the Minami-Yamatemachi, to the south of the city. The main entrance is located on a slope next to Oura Church, but the whole complex is also accessible from the east side via the Glover Skyroad. On sunny days it pays to visit the house later in the afternoon to catch the alluring sunset.

    Glover House

    Glover House

    Glover Garden (Former Glover House)
    rating

    4.0

    2016 Reviews
    place
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Minamiyamatemachi 8-1
    phone
    0958228223
    opening-hour
    8:00-18:00 (Admission is unt…
  • 04

    Megane (Spectacles) Bridge

    Built by a monk in the 17th century, Meganebashi (as it is known in Japanese) was designated as an Important Cultural Property as it is said to be the oldest stone arch bridge in Japan. Depending on the sunlight, the water reflection of the arches creates the impression of a pair of spectacles thus giving it its name. Besides admiring this effect, the bridge is great for people watching. You can also stroll along the river’s edge while admiring the carp in the water.

    MeganeBridge

    MeganeBridge

    Spectacles Bridge (Megane-bashi)
    place
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Uonomachi
  • 05

    Gunkanjima(Battleship Island)

    Gunkanjima or “Battleship Island” is the impressive remnant of the glory days of Nagasaki’s coal mining history. This abandoned island was once home to coal miners who lived there with their families, supporting a vibrant coal industry and a unique way of life. Although access to the island is strictly controlled by the government, part of it can be access on organized island tours. We highly recommend Gunkanjima Concierge, one of the few companies offering guided tours to the island, and the only one with service in English.

    Gunkanjima(Battleship Island)

    Gunkanjima(Battleship Island)

    Gunkanjima Island
    place
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Takashimamachi Hashima

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