[Kyushu 100] Nagasaki Tourist Spot Top 30
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The sole gateway open to the Western world while Japan was in isolation; Nagasaki had many opportunities of coming into contact with foreign cultures. As such, Nagasaki abounds in many exotic Western-style houses, churches and Nagasaki Chinatown. There are also historically important heritages such as a site where you can find vestiges of the days when coal mining was in its heyday and a museum manifesting the tragedy of atomic bombing and appealing to the world the importance of peace. Here, we will introduce tourist spots in Nagasaki in the order of popularity.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum (Nagasaki City)
At Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, displays are laid out in an easy-to-understand manner to show the horrific devastation following the bombing, the process of the city’s reconstruction, the history of nuclear weapons development and the quest for a world without nuclear weapons. Its library holds books and videotapes related to atomic bombs. This is a valuable facility, which makes us think of what atomic bombs and peace are all about.
Nagasaki Electric Tramway Corporation (Nagasaki City)
If you are thinking of sightseeing in Nagasaki, the tram provides a perfect means of transportation. The fare is as low as JPY120. If you buy a one-day pass, you can ride the tram as many times as you like within the same day. Nagasaki Tramway utilizes old obsolete vehicles purchased from other companies, and is very popular among railway enthusiasts as the “Mobile Tram Museum.”
Mt. Inasa (Nagasaki City)
Praised as a 10-million-dollar view by night, the view from Mt. Inasa is also magnificent by day. On a clear day, you can see not only the city of Nagasaki that spreads out in a mortar shape but as far as Unzen, Amakusa and Goto Islands.
#4 Hashima Island (Gunkanjima) (Nagasaki City)
Hashima Island thrived by producing high-quality coal from 1890 (23rd year of Meiji) to 1974 (49th year of Showa), but since became derelict ruins. On the island, high-rise apartment buildings were built one after another to mitigate shortage of housing there. As the appearance of the island with those apartment buildings was like that of the battleship Tosa, it was often commonly called “Gunkanjima” (the Battleship Island).
It is first a very good boat tour where you can observe Nagasaki bridge, Mitsubishi boat construction…Then arrival to the island is amazing (it is really looking a battleship !).” Review from Nicolas B
#5 Nagasaki Bio Park (Saikai City)
At Nagasaki Bio Park, use of fences and cages is minimized, and animals are kept and shown in an environment that is as close as possible to the nature. The highlight at this park is capybaras. You may feed them, hold them or watch them relax in an open-air bath.
#6 Kujuku Islands (Sasebo City)
Kujuku Island (Kujukushima) are a group of islands located in a sea zone spreading out from Sasebo Port to the north over 25km to Hirado. The density of islands is highest in Japan. Cruising tours on specially designed boats threading the way through the islands are very popular.
#7 Osezaki Dangai (Goto City)
Osezaki Dangai is a series of precipitous cliffs over 150m in height that were created by the raging waves of the East China Sea. At the tip of the cape is the white Osezaki lighthouse in stark and beautiful contrast with the blue ocean.
I did not have time so coud not go to the lighthouse but may be interesting if you do not mind one hour walking (or climbing rather). Highly recommendable.It takes one hour by car from Fukue port. The nearest bus stop is one hour walking away and number of buses is limited so you need to ride on a sightseeing bus or have a rental car. “Review from Keizo
#8 Glover Garden (Nagasaki City)
At Glover Garden, existing Western-style wooden houses from the Meiji period were dismantled, relocated and reconstructed. In addition to the former Glover House, which is the oldest in Japan, the former Ringer House and the former Alt House, there are 6 other houses – 9 in total – now standing there.
#9 Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing (Nagasaki City)
On August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb released from a B29 bomber exploded in midair 500m above this point. Even today, a massive amount of debris such as roof tiles, bricks and glass panes destroyed by the bomb remain buried underground.
Only after visiting the museum and seeing the devastating scene of Nagasaki just after the atomic bombing can visitors start to understand the fearsome destructive power and horrors of the atomic bombing. A must see for all humanity. “Review from donavan94563
#10 Ikeshima Coal Mine Course (Nagasaki City)
On the island of Ikeshima, accessible from Sasebo Port in 1 hour by a high-speed boat, there is the only mining facility in Japan where visitors may experience actual work at a coal-mining site. Visitors will take a tram to follow the mining pit with a former coal miner as a guide. They can then operate the mining machinery to sample the flavor of coal mining in the old days.
#11 Yusui Garden Shimeisou (Shimabara City)
This purely Japanese-style residence located in the center of Shimabara City can be opened up on all sides. It is said that the name Shimeisou (roughly translates as the villa with light on all 4 sides) came from the fact that it commands an excellent view in every direction. 1,000t/day of clear natural spring water pours into the ponds where elegantly swimming carp may be observed.
#12 Ishidake Observatory (Sasebo City)
The opening scenes of the islands in the Hollywood movie “The Last Samurai” was filmed here. It is an ideal place to admire sunset. The sight of boats threading their way through Kujuku (Kujukushima) Islands against the beautiful backdrop of dusk will make a wonderful memory of Nagasaki.
#13 Nagasaki Peace Park (Nagasaki City)
Nagasaki Peace Park was made with requiescat for the victims of atomic bombing and prayer for peace. There is a 9.7m-high bronze Peace Statue as the symbol of the park. Its right hand pointing straight up represents the threat of an atomic bomb, while its left hand extended horizontally represents peace. Every year, on August 9, Peace Memorial Ceremony is held here.
#14 Takahama Beach (Goto City)
Takahama Beach is known throughout Japan for its sandy beach – often praised as the most beautiful in Japan – and for the shallow cobalt blue water. Waves are gentle and mild, making it safe for children to swim around. During the peak season, many families visit this beach.
#15 Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium (Nagasaki City)
At this aquarium, 180 penguins of 9 species are kept. A particularly unique feature here is “Interacting with Penguins on the Beach” whereby penguins are allowed to swim in the natural ocean adjacent to the aquarium. This is the world’s first trial to show penguins in captivity in an environment as close as possible to the wild nature.
#16 Inasayama Onsen Fuku-no-yu (Nagasaki City)
This is a huge day-trip Onsen spa covering a total area of about 13,000㎡. The best attraction is that the guests may admire the night view of Nagasaki while soaking in an open-air spa bath. There are ample facilities such as a family bath, a stone spa as well as a buffet restaurant featuring organic food ingredients.
#17 Kawachi Pass (Hirato City)
Kawachi Pass is one of the leading grassland areas in Saikai National Park. The panoramic view from the peak is magnificent, overlooking Kujuku (Kujukushima) Islands in the east and Genkainada (the Sea of Genkai) in the north. On a cleaar day, you can see as far as Iki and Tsushima. Every year, in the early part of February, a Noyaki (burning off a field) event is held for the purpose of fire prevention and helping growth of young grass. The sight of a vast grassland engulfed in flame is simply overpowering.
#18 Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims (Nagasaki City)
This is a facility intended for mourning the victims of atomic bombing, collection and provision of information in order to hand down the experience of the bombing to our descendants, and promotion of international cooperation and exchange focused on radiation medicine and quest for peace. At the rest space on the ground level, visitors will find 70,000 lights representing the lives of the victims that are profoundly impressive.
#19 Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall (Shimabara City)
Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall is the only museum of the kind in Japan. At the Heisei Eruption Theater, you can experience a virtual volcano eruption by means of simulated pyroclastic and debris flows realistically projected on a dome-shaped screen. Exhibitions and video presentations on volcanoes and disaster prevention are divided over 11 zones.
#20 Hoki Church (Hirato City)
Hoki Church is a brick construction built in 1898 (31st year of Meiji) by a shrine carpenter born in Goto. It is the oldest of the existing churches in Hirado and one of the churches constituting the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki, included in the Tentative List of UNESCO’s World Heritages.
#21 Iki city Ikikoku Museum (Iki City)
At Ikikoku Museum, the view theater incorporating Harunotsuji Ruins, a national special historical site, as part of its exhibition is a must-see. The building with an undulating roofline covered with natural lawn that blends into the surrounding range of mountains is the last work by the late architect, Kishou Kurokawa.
#22 Tenkaiho (Sasebo City)
While there are other spots from which to view Kujuku (Kujukushima) Islands, the special feature about Tenkaiho is that you can enjoy 150,000 flowers in full bloom at the same time. From late March to early April, it is filled with canola flowers and, in October, it is filled with cosmoses.
We only walked a few minutes to get the top of the observation platform from the parking and there was a pretty cosmos garden in between. It is definitely worth the time to visit. “Review from Jerseygirlat109
#23 Dosekiryu Hisai Kaoku Hozon Park (Minami Shimabara City)
Mt. Unzen-Fugen erupted in 1992 (4th year of Heisei), burying the perimeter of this park in about 3m of earth and sand. Fortunately, the speed of the debris flow was not great enough to destroy houses. At this park, 11 houses hit by the disaster are preserved and exhibited.
#24 Nakanoura Church (Shinkami Goto Town)
Nakanoura Church is sometimes called the Church of Water Mirror because, at high tide, the water of the inlet reflects the church like a mirror. Inside, walls and the ceiling are painted pastel pink with ornaments depicting camellia flowers that grow wild in Goto, altogether making you feel as if you walked into the world of fairy tales.
#25 Nagasaki Seaside Park (Nagasaki City)
In 2004 (16th year of Heisei), Nagasaki Seaside Park won the Good Design Gold Award. It is a place of recreation and relaxation, rich in water and greenery, with canals running through the park. Across the bay, on the other side, you can see a giant cantilever crane which is a symbolic landmark in Nagasaki.
#26 Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture (Nagasaki City)
At this museum, part of Nagasaki Magistrate’s Tateyama Office is authentically reproduced based on documents from the Edo period. Skits performed at its court of law on weekends and holidays are based on old criminal judgment records, providing intriguing insight into judicial trials in the old days.
#27 Unzen Jigoku Hell (Unzen City)
Promenades are well laid out, and you can explore Unzen Jigoku on foot. In the area between Furuyu (old spring) and Shin-yu (new spring) covered with white clay (solfataric clay), air is filled with the smell of sulfur. That, combined with steam and heat blowing out of the bowel of the earth, will make you feel as if you were wandering about in hell.
#28 Huis Ten Bosch (Sasebo City)
A 17th-century Dutch townscape is recreated on a vast expanse of land equivalent to 33 Tokyo Domes. Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park for everyone – couples and families alike. Throughout the year, seasonal flowers are in full bloom. When the sun sets, illuminations will come on glittering. It is full of romantic and extraordinary experiences.
#29 Cathedral Kuroshima (Sasebo City)
Kuroshima is one of Kujuku (Kujukushima) Islands. Cathedral Kuroshima was designed by a French missionary, Father Marmand, who arrived on the island in 1897 (30th year of Meiji). Granites quarried out on the island are used for the foundation, and bricks made of locally produced red clay are used for the structure. The cathedral was completed in 1902 (35th year of Meiji).
#30 Nagakushiyama Park (Sasebo City)
Located in eastern Sasebo City, “Nagakushiyama Park” has an elevation of 234 meters above sea level. In addition to the panoramic view overlooking Northern Kujukushima and Hirato, this park boasts of 100,000 azaleas such as Kurume Azalea or Hirato Azalea which will be in full bloom in spring with various colors. With camping site as well as athletic facilities, this park is popular for family leisure.
Every spot of “Kyushu 100” chosen by travelers is full of fascination. Now, let’s go and experience 100 spots chosen by travelers!
Ranking method:”Nagasaki Tourist Spot Top 30″ was aggregated by the unique algorithm based on the review evaluation in Japanese posted during July 2015 – June 2016 in terms of Tourist Spots in Nagasaki.