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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 

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
Access

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

Transportation

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

 

Nagasaki-prefecture

 

 


 

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