Nagasaki is hilly and one good way to avoid over exhaustion by walking is via the buses. There are a lot of buses coming and going near Nagasaki station. We used the buses for getting around some of Nagasaki and a little bit outside of it.
There are 4 tram lines in Nagasaki and will take to you all the major tourist destination except for Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Park which is in Urakami.
Get a full day pass for tram and bus for 500 Yen.
Unfortunately, my JR Railway Pass expired upon reaching Hakata (Fukuoka) in Kyusu Island.
Going beyond Hakata to Nagasaki and other train destination, I could have boughts another pass called Kyushu Rail Pass.
I opted to buy individual train and coach tickets to continue my travel in Kyushu.
The old Nagasaki Station with a clock is an atypical design. It is now replaced with a two storey lots of glass modern looking one.
Since Nagasaki is most easily navigated by tram and on foot, one day tram ticket is really convenient.
Actually one ride costs 100 yen regardless of how far you travel. But a 1-day pass for unlimited use of trams is available for 500 yen.
You can buy the ticket at the tram stop of Nagasaki station and at big tram stop.
You can purchase a 500 yen day pass to get around in Nagasaki, you will be able to get a map about how to get around in Nagasaki. However, It is not near to walk to the attractions from the Tram station, especially at the Peace Park Area and Urakami Catheral. It was a long walk!
For traveling in Nagasaki, the tram is a useful means of transportation.
Almost all the tourist attractions in Nagasaki are within walking distance from the tram stations.
- Fare is just 100yen a ride, without relation to distance.
- One day pass is only 500yen and is very useful for Nagasaki city sightseeing.
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I found this the most convenient way to explore Nagasaki. Especially if you're a party of 4 or 5, hiring a cab maybe the final answer. Just 15,000 Yen for 4-hour tour wherever you wanna go. The taxi stand is right in front of Nagasaki Station. (The hop-on hop-off bus will stop the service as soon as early next year)
I was already in Kyushu and so took the train from Kitakyushu.
In Kyushu you should pay 500 Yen for a Nice Going Card which gives you a 40% discount on return train tickets all over Kyushu (on Limited Express Trains) on the weekends and Fridays. The Kagoshima Line has regular trains running from Hakata Station in Fukuoka City.
JR Kyushu also market a Kyushu Rail Pass which can only be bought overseas. The cost is 15,000 Yen for a 5 day pass and 20,000 Yen for a 7 day pass. It is only valid for local and limited express trains in Kyushu and not JR buses or the Shinkansen that runs from Fukuoka.
If you are going to be doing a lot of rail travel in Japan then there is a Japan JR Rail Pass available to foreign travellers. See the JR East website for details:
It must be bought abroad and stamped in Japan before you can use it. There are several options including one week (unlimited JR travel except for the super fast Nozomi service), two week, JR East and JR West passes. Check with your local travel agent for the best option or click on the link to see for yourself!
Here is a link to a very cool page that lets you see the routing between cities/stations/ports within Japan. It will tell you the route and includes the cost and time. http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/norikae/.
There are a four tram lines that run all over Nagasaki. They are by far the most convenient way to travel around the city. I paid 500 yen for an all day tram pass which stops at all the major attractions.
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Nagasaki was one of the cities that had an airport on an arteficial island in the bay, so you can get there by plane. By train and by car there are also several connections, though the Shinkansen stops at Fukuoka and one needs a switch there to get on local Kyushu-lines.
Within the centre of Nagasaki you can easily reach all highlights by foot. To attractions outside the town there are tourist-busses, for example 'Huis ten Bosch' and the magnificent vulcanic area of 'Mt. Unsen'. These can also be reached by (rental) car.
This is the easy way to go. I've driven to Nagasaki before and the bus is just easier as you don't need to deal with parking later.