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Nagasaki travel guide

  • Nagasaki travel guide


Nagasaki is Japan’s first international city with a history of trading with many countries

since Nagasaki port opened in 1571.

The city has many tourist places with hidden Japanese historical significance.

It was the Gateway to foreign countries and the first area where Christianity spread.

It played a major part in Japan’s industrial modernization and was the site

of the Atomic bomb used in WW2.



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

Glover Garden is located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, and nine

traditional buildings can be seen at Glover Garden. Among these, the

Glover Residence, Orto Residence, and Ringer Residence were built during

the settlement era and are valuable buildings that have continued to

stand on this land for over 150 years. Glover Garden boasts a great location

overlooking Nagasaki Port with Mt. Inasa, a landmark of Nagasaki-city,

in the background.


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.



Saint Filippo de Jesus Church

Nakamachi Church

Hongouchi Church, St. Kolbe Museum

Urakami Cathedral




Sotome Pilgrimage sites   / UNESCO World Heritage

Sotome is located between Nagasaki-city and Saikai-city, and face to

East China Sea.  During the ban on Christianity from 17 century to end

of the 19 century, 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 Rope way, Slope car 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 Revolution.


Megane-bashi bridge


Confucius Shrine

Suwa Shrine


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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