Nagasaki

Nagasaki


2019.02.22

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Nagasaki

Tucked in the north-western corner of Kyushu island, Nagasaki is a pocket of Japan that boasts an incredibly fascinating history, and plenty of sites to match. Nagasaki was once home to many of the nation’s hidden Christians - known as Kakure Kirishitan - who had to remain in exile during most of the Edo Period (1603-1867) to avoid prosecution. Only in 2018 were many of these sites recognized by UNESCO, making now an excellent time to visit before it gets too popular a destination. A highlight is the Oura Cathedral located in Nagasaki, which was built towards the end of the Edo Period in 1864, making it the oldest surviving church in Japan.

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