Nagasaki Travel Guide

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Nagasaki Highlights

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     Beautiful location 

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     Not entirely true story on WWII happenings 

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     A city that will leave you speechless 

Nagasaki Things to Do

  • Deijima visited properly.

    On our recent return to Nagasaki we visited Deijima properly. Get here by taking tram 1 from Nagasaki Station. Entry fee is 500 yen. Deijima is an artificial island and was created to house Dutch foreigners so they could trade with the Japanese but as they were located on this island and unable to leave without permission, they could not influence...

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  • The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

    Entry to the museum is 200 yen. It is of course a very sad museum with very distressing photos from the aftermath of the bombing and from the effects of radiation sickness. Many statues of saints from the bombed out Urakami Cathedral are located in the museum. There are also many objects from the time of the bombing such as coins and bottles which...

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  • Peace Park

    Peace Park is lined with statues from all over the world all sympathising with what happened here. The most famous statue is called peace statue and depicts a man with one hand raised towards the sky and the other pointing towards the ground. The statue was surrounded by classes of school children who laid flowers, sang songs, read poems and made...

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  • Hypocentre Park

    This park was directly under where the nuclear bomb exploded. The exact spot is now marked by a black marble monolith. At the time of the explosion Urakami Cathedral was located here. It took 30 years to build and a couple of minutes to destroy. Part of the cathedral wall with two statues of saints on top has been preserved. Looking at pictures...

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  • Nagasaki Peace Park

    It is a solemn place built to remember the bombing of this city by the Americans during the war.Despite the harsh effects of the atomic bomb, the city has risen and through hard work and resilience of the Japanese people has accomplished a lot of amazing achievements, one of which is the establishment of this park.According to...

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  • Mount Inasa Cable Car.

    We got to Mount Inasa Cable Car (or ropeway as the Japanese translate it) by taking a tram to Takara Machi, walking across the bridge then down the first street off to the right. It was about 10 mins walk. You can reach the foot of the cable car via the road or via the steps of a shrine. It cost 1200yen for a return trip. There is a road back if...

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Nagasaki Restaurants

  • Chinese Restaurant

    Wandered around Chinatown in the evening when it was beautifully lit up and chose a restaurant from one of the ones with plastic food models and clearly marked prices. We ate shredded pork on rice, roast pork noodle soup, gyoza and spring rolls; washed down with some excellent draft Sapporo beer for around 4500 yen. Friendly, pleasant service. All...

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  • Amu Plaza Shabu Shabu Restaurant

    Looking for a good place to eat we stumbled upon this all-you-can-eat shabu shabu restaurant. For the price, selection, and view of the port it was an excellent choice. The view was the best part. But, I also enjoyed the shabu shabu and goma (black sesame) ice cream.

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  • Italian with good variety

    Well, sometimes you just feel like eating some nice Italian food. Japan has plenty of that, but sometimes there harder to find and then just as we were walking about inside some building called Seiyokan we found Jolly Pasta. I figured, you can't go wrong if it's jolly.

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  • Coffee there

    Yes, if Starbucks isn't open, it's not the end of the world, there is another coffee choice.Go to Nagasaki Station and look for Seattle's other Best Coffee.

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  • Coffee here

    Well, it's good to know there's a Starbucks in Town.It's in the Mall so you won't be able to get an early coffee there.

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  • buta no kakuni Pork in a Bun

    These are awesome!!! If I lived in Nagasaki, I'm sure I'd be eating them all the time because they are simply that good. You can find these kind of little shop/restaurants all over Nagasaki. Don't miss the chance to enjoy at least one. I'm sure your be wanting more later... I was. So, had some for breakfast the next day.

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Nagasaki Nightlife

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    by cvilla007 Updated Jan 6, 2008

    To quote lonely planet, "For such a big city, Nagasaki's nightlife is rather subdued." Now that's an understatement. Everything though is concentrated in a place called Shianbashi. It means "the bridge of pondering." Legend has it that men on their way home would stop at the bridge, which leads to "nightlife" spots, and ponder whether to go home or continue on. There is a scent of debauchery in this place. I saw many young ladies standing on the sidewalk, alone, and lots of drunk guys in groups, and then the few groups of girls leaving the karaoke rooms. I looked for a couple "gaijin" haunts, but they either weren't there or closed.

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Nagasaki Transportation

  • Get around by bus

    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.

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  • Fukuoka to Nagasaki and back

    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.

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  • Sight-seeing by electric tram

    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.Happy exploring.

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Nagasaki Shopping

  • Where to Buy Castella

    There are plenty of places to buy Castella, but if you're looking to buy the good stuff, my wife says this is the best one. If you go in inside, you'll be treated to some nice tea and castella. Castella is a sponge cake popular among Japanese and known as a good souvenir for anyone who has visited their. Some of my students specifically requested...

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  • The Ginza (I think I spelled it right)

    This is the Japanese shopping mall. Many shops in here like any other mall. You can find just about anything you would want in here.

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Nagasaki Local Customs

  • Nagasaki Lantern Festival

    Nagasaki Lantern Festival is an annual festival in Nagasaki held on Chinese a new year.The festival has been started to cerebrate 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 Chinatown during the festival.In 2008, the festival will be held on February...

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  • Nagasaki Kunchi Festival

    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] After Christianity was harshly suppressed in Nagasaki in 1624, a festival was dedicated to Suwa Shrine, the...

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  • Try your luck at Pachinko

    Forget about Las Vegas, there are many Japanese pachinko parlors for you try your luck. You watch little small shining metallic balls going down a vertical maze and if they end up at the right spot and time, you get more balls into your bowl.It is a noisy, smoky and bright light and loud music experience. Many locals are addicted to pachinko and no...

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Nagasaki Warnings and Dangers

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    Official Sites:
    JAPAN TRAVEL BUREAU
    Click Here.
    JAPAN RAIL PASS
    Click Here.

    SUNRISE TOURS
    Click Here.

    JAPAN GUIDEBOOK IN ENGLISH
    Click Here.

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Nagasaki Tourist Traps

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    Peace man

    by GuanYu Written Feb 20, 2004

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    this is a pretty cool park on top of a mountain where there are alot of statues and a really big statue. i liked it but wouldn't spend more than 15 minutes at that place.

    take a look at the pictures, mostly everything there is in the pictures.

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Nagasaki Off The Beaten Path

  • Our Lady on the Cape

    Below and near Kaminoshima Church stands the statue of Our Lady on the Cape welcoming foreign ships to the Port of Nagasaki. The area and the hues of the waters were beautiful that day.

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  • Kaminoshima Church

    Perched atop a hill at the entrance to Nagasaki Port is a church constructed in 1897 welcomingforeign ships to what was once a Christian town. Near the location of the church down below it is a statue of Our Lady on the Cape.2-148 Kaminoshimamachi, Nagasaki City

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  • Walking the graveyards

    Sometime during your visit you should take some time to walk the city and see the daily life. One place worth going is the cemetery on the mountain side. The higher you go on the hill, the older the graves become, with their etchings, stone work and style. But also, the higher you go, the better aerial view of the city you gain. If memory serves me...

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Nagasaki Favorites

  • Museum of Traditional Performing Arts

    When you exit the Glover House, you will see interesting collection of exhibits showing the Chinese influence on Nagasaki in festivals and ship buildings.This is not surprising due to the proximity of Nagasaki in the southern part of Kyushu which is close to China and plus that Nagasaki has been important port where exchange with Chinese and other...

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  • Nagasaky

    it supposed to be the point where the bomb exploded.it was crowded with japanese students and some tourist.the guide told us was in nagasaky where the cristianity enters japan. you will see some shops selling image of angels along with buddas.we went to some ruins of the city and climb in a funicular to a mountain.

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  • Visit the Peacepark. In it a...

    Visit the Peacepark. In it a statue of a robust man that points one finger up in the sky (at ground zero, where the atomic bomb fell in 1945) and with the other flatheld hand he means to say 'never again'. In the park are some remainders of the blast and - though not as impressive as in Hiroshima - here too you will feel cold shivers about what...

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