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Sasebo & Huis Ten Bosch



Sasebo is the 2nd largest city in Nagasaki-prefecture, and has a beautiful harbor which is

used as a navel port. Huis Ten Bosch is also must visit attraction which is a theme park

reproducing the rows of houses and streets including Huis Ten Bosch Palace of the



Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Sasebo, which recreates the Netherlands by displaying

life-sized copies of old Dutch buildings. The name Huis Ten Bosch translates into English

as “House in the Woods/bush”.  It is named after Huis ten Bosch in The Hague, one of the

three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family.



Saikai Pearl Sea Resort


Saikai-bashi Bridge Park


Kuju-kushima, 99 (ninety nine) Islands






Sasebo & Huis Ten Bosch




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Unzen travel guide

  • Unzen Onsen Resort


Unzen is a gentle Onsen resort situated in the Unzen National Park. The Resort area was

originally developed for foreigners as a place close to Nagasaki-city.



Unzen Onsen Resort

Located in the centre of Shimabara peninsula, at the southwest part of Mount Unzen 

with an altitude of 700m. It is started receiving foreign tourists around the year 1900 when

Kaempfer and Siebold introduced the city to Europe and China. The area was the first

area to be designated as a National Park in Japan in 1934. 



Where to explore  


Nita Pass

One of the best scenic spot in Unzen. At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita Pass 

in Unzen is magnificent. Azaleas, green leaves, brilliant autumnal tints of maples and silver frost

represent each season of the year.



Unzen Jigoku

Jigoku, means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted

from the springs, and with white smoke rising from the ground over a wide area. This is a striking

reminder that Unzen Volcano is still very much alive.



Unzen Trekking

Various trekking routes are prepared with the Onsen Onsen Resort town as the starting area,

through the Unzen Jigoku.  Everyone including mountain climber can enjoy by choosing

preference route, Nita pass and summit of mount Myuken and Fugen can be reached.



Unzen Golf Course      

Opened in 1913, the oldest public course in Japan, and second oldest golf course after the

Kobe Golf Club, which opened in 1903.  Moreover, Unzen has been designated as Japan’s

first national park in 1934, and the golf course has been popular among people both Japanese

and foreigner as the national park’s main facility.



The area is also a part of Unzen, located at western foot of Mount Unzen. About 30 Hotels
and Japanese style accommodation are standing along the Tachibana bay and there are
3 public baths where visitor can use.  


General information 

Address Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen-city, Nagasaki-prefecture

90 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki Air port

30 minutes by a vehicle from Shimabara-city

2 hours and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

3 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city










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Hirado travel guide



Hirado off the North West coast of Nagasaki-prefecture is a beautiful and historic location

full of interesting museums, Christian churches, white sandy beaches and an imposing

castle. Portuguese ships first landed in Hirado’s superb natural harbor in 1549 and

St. Francis Xavier is known to have visited in 1550. In the 1580s, the Portuguese established

a trading station, followed soon by the Dutch and the British. The island had been an

important port for trade with Korea and China since earlier times, with the rights to foreign

trade held by the local Matsuura clan. William Adams was instrumental in establishing the

British trading post and he is buried on the island. The British stayed only ten years before

leaving after bitter feuding with the Dutch, who were moved to Dejima in Nagasaki by the

Japanese authorities in 1641.



Where to explore


Hirado Castle

Stands on a hill guarding Hirado Port and the Hirado Strait, which used to be part of an important

trade route between Japan and the Asian mainland. The original fortress was built in 1599 by the

local Matsura Lord; however, he destroyed the structure after fighting the Tokugawa on the losing

side of the Battle of Sekigahara as a gesture of loyalty to the victor. The Matsura Clan continued

ruling Hirado for the next two and a half centuries.



Dutch Trading Post

Set up in Hirado in 1609 as the base of operations of the Dutch East India Company in Japan.

The building seen today is a warehouse which was originally constructed here in 1639 as part of the

trading post, but torn down just three years later after the Dutch had been relocated to Dejima Island

in the port of Nagasaki.



Nakae no Shima / UNESCO World Heritage

Located two kilometers off the coast of Hirado Island, Nakae no Shima is a small, uninhabited island

where religious leaders were executed during the persecution of Christians. The island is considered

sacred, and water collected there is used for baptism.



Kasuga Village / UNESCO World Heritage

This idyllic, remote village was refuge to a small community of Hidden Christians who practiced here

for centuries, far from the prying eyes of the government. After the ban on Christianity was lifted, the

local villagers decided to continue practicing their own unique brand of the religion rather than region

the Catholic Church. As a result, churches were not erected in the village, and the religion remains

outwardly invisible.



St Francis Xavier Memorial Church

This church is a catholic church in Hirado, Nagasaki. Hirado is a place where Francis Xavier visited

3 times in Japan to spread Christianity, and even during the Kinkyo Ordinance of the Edo Period

that prohibited religions, Christianity was very widespread. For that reason when the ordinance was

lifted this church was constructed, and the image of Francis Xavier was put on the side.



Tabira Church

The church was designed by Tetsukawa Yosuke, a famous architect of various churches in

Nagasaki-prefecture, and built between December 1915 and October 1917. It is one of the latest

brick churches in the prefecture of Nagasaki. Tetsukawa Yosuke has called this one of his best works.



Matsura Historical Museum

The museum stores and displays the historical collection of the Matsura family who ruled over the

northern area of Nagasaki prefecture since the 13th century. The museum is housed in the former

private residence of the Matsura family, the grand Tsurugamine Mansion, built in 1893. Hirado has a

long history of overseas exchange due to its geographical location.



Yamada Church

After the discovery of the numerous hidden Christians in Ikitsuki Island in 1865, they began

to work on recovering their Catholic faith although they were not too successful at first.

Then in 1878, a priest named Fr. Pelu came to Hirado and baptized many people who are

said to be the ancestors of the churchgoers of Yamada Church today.




General information  

Address City hall : 1508-3 Iwanoue-cyo, Hirado-city, Nagasaki-prefecture

1 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

50 minutes by a vehicle from Sasebo-city

2 hour and 15 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

Population 30,100   Population density 128










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Nagasaki travel guide

  • Nagasaki travel guide


The city in harmony with foreign countries cultures

Nagasaki-city has many oversea countries cultures and the significant Japanese histories

like no other areas. The fascinating Nagasaki-city has been created since Japan began exchanging

with foreign countries during the National isolation period. In addition to above features, the

geographical conditions are creating fascinating tourism and now many tourists are visiting here.



Historical features


1)National isolation in Japan

     Nagasaki is the only place opened to oversea countries ( just Dutch and China ) during the

     National isolation period from 1639 to 1854.

     And trading with Dutch was done at artificial island Dejima.

2) Christian Pilgrimage sites

    Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith continued in Nagasaki region even during the ban

    on Christianity from 1587 to 1859.There are many Christian Pilgrimage site and

    Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki region is registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2018.

3) Japan’s Industry modernization

    Shipbuilding, and Coal Mining, industries in Nagasaki were great contributed Japan’s Industry

    modernization. And 5 sites of these industries are registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage as

    Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution         

4) Atomic bomb

    Atomic bomb exploded at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945.

    The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of lives were lost.

    Nagasaki is now appealing for World Peace, Disastrous War must not be repeated.


Exploring Nagasaki  


Glover Garden   / UNESCO World Heritage

Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine Western style buildings.

The Glover’s Residence built in 1863 and is Japan’s oldest wooden Western–style building

has been registered on UNESCO World Heritages as Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.

The elegant scenery of Nagasaki harbor view from

Glover Garden can be enjoyed. 



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.


Atomic Bomb Museum

The museum exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation caused by atomic

bomb showing the lead-up to this tragic day, the history of the development of nuclear arms

and our desire for peace.




Ground Zero

The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over the central monument at 11:02 a.m. 

on August 9, 1945.   The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a tremendous number of lives

were lost.  And about 70,000 of Nagasaki’s 240,000 residents died instantly, and up to 60,000

were injured. 



Peace Statue

Completed in 1955, ten years after the Atomic bombing. The 9.7 meter high statue sitting on

a 4 meter tall pedestal, made by renown sculptor Kitamura Seibo who born in

Minami-Shimabara-city, Nagasaki-prefecture in 1884. The raised arm points to the threat of

nuclear weapons and the out-stretched arm symbolizes peace.



Christian Pilgrimage sites in Nagasaki


Oura Cathedral  / UNESCO World Heritage

The Cathedral is one of the significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan.

Established 1865, this church is officially known as “Oura Cathedral, the Church of 26 Martyrs.”

It was built by the French priest Bernard Petitjean of Fier who had been dispatched by the Foreign

Missionary Church of Paris to dedicate prayers to the 26 saints martyred on Nishizaka hill.



Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan     

Nishizaka hill is the most significant Christian Pilgrimage site in Japan. The 26 Martyrs of Japan

were a group of Catholics who were executed by crucifixion on February 5, 1597.Their martyrdom

is especially significant in the history of the Catholic Church in Japan. In 1637, St. Lorenzo Luiz

from Philippines martyred here at Nishizaka hill.



The museum behind the monument is devoted to the memory of the martyrs and to Christianity in

Japan in general. Its interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for

atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artifacts related to Christianity in Japan,

including old documents, statues and jewelry.




Sotome Pilgrimage sites   / UNESCO World Heritage

Sotome is a rural, coastal area on the peninsula north of central Nagasaki. During the ban

on Christianity, Sotome was home to communities of “Hidden Christians”, many of whom

emigrated there from other parts of Nagasaki as the remote region allowed them to practice

their religion in secret.



Featured destinations



Dejima was the fan-shaped artificial island in the bay of Nagasaki where was used as a Dutch

trading port and it was only open gateway to Europe during Japan’s National isolation of Edo

period from 1641 until 1853. At that time, many European technologies and cultures were

introduced here through Dutch.



Mount Inasa

It is a 333 meter high mountain in close distance to JR Nagasaki Station. The summit can be

reached by ropeway or car and offers great views over the city. And also, the magnificent night

views from Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan’s three best night views.



China Town

Nagasaki China town at shinchi is one of the big three china town in Japan.  There are about 50

Chinese restaurants and many Chinese sundries shops in there.



Gunkan-jima island cruise  / Hashima Coal Mine

Hashima coal mining island is an artificial reclaimed island and the site of Japan’s first major

undersea coal exploitation pioneered by Mitsubishi. Hashima Island is located 3 km southwest of

Takashima. The site has been registered on UNESCO World Heritages as Sites of Japan’s Meiji

Industrial RevolutionNow Hashima is a ruins called “Gunkanjima”, so called after its resemblance

to the silhouette of a battleship.



Urakami Cathedral

Confucius Shrine


Suwa Shrine


Megane-bashi bridge

Nagasaki Wharf

Kazagashira Park


Tram in Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Electric Tramway provides a convenient and affordable way to travel around

the main attractions 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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Shimabara travel guide

  • Shimabara Castle


Region spreads in the foot of gentle Mount Unzen and facing to Ariale sea, Shimabara is consist

of two cities on Shimabara peninsula, Shimabara-city west side of peninsula and Minami-Shmabara

city south-west side of peninsula. Located in the foot of Mount Unzen and facing Ariake Sea, and

those geographical conditions and mild climate create natural scenic beauty in the east and Mount

Unzen including Mount Fugen. The region offers various enjoyable things such as Nature, Onsen,

Castle town of Shimabara-city, and Christian Pilgrimage sites.



Exploring Shimabara  


Shimabara Castle

Located in Shimabara-city and was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was

regarded as a master of castle building. The castle, which took 7 years to complete, is also known as 

“Moritake Castle”.



Samurai Houses

Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan. The Samurai Houses in

Shimabara along the old Samurai street nearby Shimabara Castle were built in 18th century.



Samurai Street

The street lined with stone walls and a spring water canal running down the center

commemorates the old samurai section of Shimabara. Three Samurai houses have been

restored and opened as exhibits.



Harajo Castle ruins

The Christian pilgrimage site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region. The battle field of Shimabara Rebellion

which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the

leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637. 



Hinoe Castle Ruins         

During the period of the Southern and Northern Courts (1337-92), the Arima family ruling the

Shimabara Peninsula constructed a castle named Hinoe-jo. The 14th lord, Harunobu (1567-1612)

was a Christian daimyo and refurbished his castle into a large scale which had gardens, a tea

arbor and many rooms.



Local delicacy food, Guzoni

Guzoni is said to created during the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637.  When Cristian were fought

under the leader ship of Amakusa Shiro, they brought various ingredients such as rice cake,

fishes and vegetables, and made a stew.   This is the origin of Guzoni.



Dolphins watching cruise

Approximately 300 wild Dolphins live in the sea between the Shimabara Peninsula and Amakusa.

The dolphin watching cruises have become increasingly popular for all ages, especially because

it is possible to see the dolphins so close that you could almost touch them.



Ferry to Kumamoto, from Shimabara

Two ferries are operated form Shimabara to Kumamotocity

Kyusho Ferry : operated by Kyusho Ferry, 60 minutes ride

Ocean Arrow : operated by Kumamoto Ferry, 30 minutes ride.


             Shimabara port

                 Ocean Arrow

                Kumamoto port


Ferry to Amakusa (Oniike) , from Kuchinotsu (Minami-Shimabara-city)

Shimatetsu Ferry : operated by Shinabara Rail Way, 30 minutes ride.


            Kuchinotsu port


              To Amakusa


General information  

Address Shimabara-city, Nagasaki-prefecture

90 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki Air port

30 minutes by a vehicle from Unzen-city










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Nagasaki Pearl



Nagasaki-prefecture is the birthplace of pearls and the production volume is the highest

in Japan. Omura bay is the best place for Pearl culture. Nagasaki Pearl Shop is a

specialized company that consistently performs pearl production, processing and sales.




Location of Nagasaki-city





General information  

Address 224-12 Nagaura-cho, Nagasaki-city

30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Nagasaki station

60 minutes by a vehicle from Sasebo-city

Open hours 10:00 to 19:00
Day closed Tuesday



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Monument of the Child Praying for Peace



At the bottom of the steps leading down from the front of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

The Monument of a Child Praying for Peace depicting a girl wearing a kimono and holding



a folded paper crane.  At that time of the atomic bombing there were several schools in

the Ground Zero area and some 10,000 school children are through to have perished in

the bombing.




On the 20th anniversary of the atomic bombing, donations were collected widely from

children who express their wish for peace, and this statue was unveiled on August 9, 1967

and remains to this day as a symbol the aspiration for eternal peace.



Location of Nagasaki-city




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Nagasaki Lantern Festival



An annual festival in Nagasaki held on Chinese new year The festival has been started to

celebrate a new year by Chinese who lived in Nagasaki, and it became the Nagasaki’s festival

since 1994. More than 10 thousand lanterns are decorated at China town during the festival.


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Nagasaki Kunchi



Nagasaki Kunchi is one of big-three festival in Japan, held on October 7 to 9 at Suwa Shrine.

The festival features Chinese dance including Ja-odori (Snake dance), this time dancing all

around the city but especially at Suwa Shrine. History of the Festival, after Christianity was

harshly suppressed in Nagasaki in 1624, a festival was dedicated to Suwa Shrine, the guardian

god of local people. It is believed that Suwa Shrine festival called “Nagasaki Kunchi” and danced

were offered to shrine with cooperated of local people in 1634.


At the outset, dedicated dance were very simple but gradually became colorful. During Eiho Era

(1673-80), a Chinese dance with an exotic flavor offered to the shrine. The Ja-odori or snake dance

was first performed in the Nagasaki Kunchi during period 1789-1800. In 1970, the government

designated the whole of Nagasaki Kunchi dance including Ja-odori as an Important Intangible

Cultural Asset.


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