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Fascinating and distinctive Cultures created from many different

historical features


Nagasaki became a center of Dutch, Portuguese and other European influences in the

16th century and flourished as a trading port & center of Christian missionary activities.

Now, Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki region has been registered on the UNESCO

World Heritage.

The detonation for an atomic bomb over Nagasaki during the Second World War is a dark

page in the cities turbulent history. 


At the present, however the city has become a center of peace, blessed with beautiful

natural scenery and eclectic mix of historical sites and architecture. 


 Exploring Nagasaki  


Glover Garden   / UNESCO World Heritage

Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine

Western style buildings including the Glover’s Residence built in 1863 by Japanese carpenter

Koyama Hidenoshin. The Glover Residence is Japan’s oldest wooden Western-style building

and is the UNESCO World Heritage registered in 2015 as Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution Site.


Tomas Glover Residence,

World Heritage

Former Mitsubishi second

dock house

Overlooking of Nagasaki



Peace Park

Established in 1955 near the Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb was dropped 

at 11:02 am on Aug. 09, 1945.

Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue on August 9 every year and

the Mayor of Nagasaki makes the “Nagasaki peace declaration” for the whole world.


Peace Statue

Completed in 1955, ten years

after the atomic bombing

Peace Fountain

Reminds the tragic scene unfolded shortly after the

dropped Atomic Bomb

Ground Zero

The Atomic bomb exploded

about 500m over the central monument               


 World Heritage   Hidden Christian Site


Oura Cathedral  / UNESCO World Heritage

Basilica of Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan.     

One of the famous landmarks in Nagasaki-city, was built in 1865 under the supervision of 

the French priest Bernard Petitjean. It was designated as a National Treasure in 1933 for

its value as Japan’s oldest Gothic-style cathedral.


Entrance gate of Oura


Japan’s oldest Gothic-style

Cathedral building

Statue of Mary, at entrance of

Cathedral, installed in 1867


Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan     

On February 5, 1597, Paulo Miki and 25 others were crucified for their belief in God on order of

Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The martyrs including four Spaniards, one from Goa, India, one Mexican and 

20 Japanese demonstrated their spiritual unity despite differences in races, ages and professions.


Nishizaka hill, the site of

Martyrdom in 1597

The martyrs said that 

” All people, bless God ”  

The 26 Japanese martyrs have 

been canonized in 1862


Sotome area Hidden Christian Site   / UNESCO World Heritage     

When he discovered the underground Christians, Petitjean realized that there were many other

Christians hiding in the Sotome region.

He appointed de Rotz as the parish priest of the Shitsu and Kurosaki districts   


             Shitsu Church

     Former Shitsu Aid Centre

        The statue of Mary


 Featured destinations  


Mount Inasa


World’s three great night veiw 

can be seen from the summit        

Magane-bashi bridge

The oldest stone arch bridge

in Japan       

Kazagashira Park

Magnificent view of Nagasaki,

on the other side of Mt. Inasa



Only the trading port in Japan

 during Natinal isolation              

Urakami Cathedral

Newly constructed church, after destroyed by Atomic bomb

Sofukuji temple 

The first Chinese style temple

in Nagasaki


China town

One of the three big China

 town in Japan 

Confucius Shrine


The world’s only Confucian

shrine built outside China by

Chinese hands

Suwa Shrine

The spiritual and cultural hub

for the citizens of Nagasaki



Nagaaski Wharf

Elegant international & domestic

tourist harbour

Kofukuji Temple

A Chinese temple to pray for

safe navigation 

 Nagasaki Pearl

Nagasaki-prefecture is the

birthplace of pearls


 Featured tours related to Nagasaki 


Nagasaki one-day tour

The one-day tour is operated from Fukuoka-city.


Nagasaki Hidden Christian History tour                 

Congratulations on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site registration

Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith continued even during the ban on Christianity.

This tour introduce the history of Hidden Christian in Nagasaki Region while taking the World Heritages

and related sites of Nagasaki-city, Shimabara and Unzen.


6 days North-West Kyushu tour

Where to Explore

Saga (Karatsu, Yobuko, Imari, Kashima, Takeo) → Nagsaki  → Shimabara  

Unzen  →   Yanagawa → Kitakyushu  → Fukuoka 



                Location of Nagasaki-city





 General information  


Address City hall : 2-22 Sakura-machi, Nagasaki-city, Nagasaki-prefecture

2 hours and 40 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

2 hours by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

1 hour and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

1 hour and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Shimabara-city

1 hour and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Unzen-city

1 hour and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Sasebo-city


2 hours and 20 minutes by JR express train from JR Hakata Station


Tram : Convenient transportation system for sightseeing in Nagasaki-city

Almost all the tourist attractions are located within walking distance

from tram station

Population 418,000   Population density 1,030



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