[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.

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100% reason for my going to Nagasaki, Japan was to go to see the history of the atomic bombing. Was not at all disappointed in the museum or other historical places near by. I found 90% of everything was in English, didn’t ever feel left out. I would say this is a must for touring. Review from Nathan B
I really enjoyed this museum. It is small but it has enough information to not get bored and some really interesting photos. Makes you appreciate the devastation and sadness the people faced at that time. Everything had English explanations which was helpful. 200 yen for an adult. I would definitely recommend the memorial hall next door too.Review from lu_rvs

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.”

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The wonderful little tramcars run on two main lines the overlap near Chinatown. For 500 yen for a full day or 160yen per trip, almost every tourist place of interest is able to be accessed – although you will have to walk a bit once you are off the tram. Review from Simon L
The tram service is frequent and excellent. It takes you to all the sights and the information leaflet (given with the day pass) is very good. Day pass is 500 yen and offers good value. Review from TripMahajan

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.

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Went up by Nagasaki Ropeway which is only a 5 min ride. Took the coupon from hotel in which foreigners get discount for the ride. The view was not bad on a clear day. Tip: have a camera that could take great pics from the top. Review from eqwy
Great day and night views when the weather is good. Can be windy at the top. Take a bus or use the rope way. Worth the time to get there. Go in between day and evening and get both day and night views. Review from famhistrme

#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).

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“This island is really impressive to visit ! (it has inspired Skyfall island where 007 was captured). You can book your seat directly at the office which is located just near the Nagasaki Passenger terminal. First tour is at 10:30am.
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.

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You can get real close to animals, feed and touch them. The animals in the main zoo appeared healthy and relaxed, in the “Paw” (pet animal world) displayed signs of severe stress, as did the lama (both are at the entrance of the zoo). The biopark was clean, and it was a great opportunity to feed kangaroo, mara and capibara! Review from StanDeJong

#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.

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Having lived in Sasebo for several years I often took time to go to one of these islands… many to chose from but the area, fishing and life style is very pleasing. Well worth the time. Review from Roadkinghi

#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.

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“I have never seen such a stunning scenery. A white lighthouse on a hgh cliff.
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.

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Do not miss this. The gardens are spread up a hill overlooking the harbour. There are escalators to the top but still some stairs. From the top you walk down paths and visit the various homes that belonged to foreign residents. There are a couple of cafes along the way. You can reach the gardens by streetcar followed by a short walk past many shops. Review from Doreen O

#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.

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“Located adjacent to the Atomic Bomb museum and should be visited after visiting the museum to be fully appreciated.
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.

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Ikeshima Island strolling is also interesting, not only Coal mine tours. During the tour, we entered the coal mine remains in the truck with guide. Taking photo is possible, but need to set the flash with camera. Athletic shoes required. Review from Miyuquita

#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.

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It was raining quite hard, so it was a wonderful place to escape to – to relax, to enjoy the rain, and even to soak up a little of the simplicity & beauty of the place … it was perfect, just to take a moment to breathe deeply. Our lovely host took the time to serve us some delicious green tea (made from using the spring water) and chatted about the house and it’s unique garden.Review from Vanessa Y

#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.

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this is one of the best place to view kukuju islands. I suggest you to arrive before evening to take a good photo of sunset. When I arrived there on 5 April 2015, the weather is not really good but I still can still a stunning view of jesus light!!!!!Review from alexchwoo

#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.

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This is a lovely garden-like park with beautiful trees and flowering shrubs (the rhododendrons and azaleas were in bloom) and is just a short distance from the Atomic Bomb Museum and the hypo center of the blast. There are many statues and monuments from countries and cities around the world, a beautiful fountain and the ruins of the foundation of a small prison that was destroyed by the blast.Review from CFofLL

#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.

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I had no idea that Goto Retto had great beaches. So I was very surprise to find a beatiful beach which could have been in Greece but without all the people. If you happened to be in the Nagasaki area and want to go to the beach, just take the ferry over to Goto Retto and rent a car or take in on the close by youth hostel at Mirage not far from the beach.Review from Daichan77

#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.

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We didn’t expect much, wanted to take 2 year old girl to see pe guines. We were so surprised and happy to find the place so much fun and exciting. Not only pe guines, but fish and sea creatures are there to see up close and personal. It is not only forchildren but adults as well. Review from ontheroad2013109

#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.

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We caught a free bus from the front of Nagasaki train station to this Onsen. On arrival you put your shoes in a locker, and then use that key to get a wrist band which you then put all your purchases (even drinks from the vending machine) which you can then settle up at the end before you can get your shoe locker key back. Staff were really helpful. Review from TheSunnyGC

#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.

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THe view was excellent! ! It was not so easy to climb to the top of the hills, but worth it. Overlooking Kujukushima of Sasebo. When I visited here in March, the grass was not yet lush, however it must be spread in fresh green if you come in the early summer.Review from 雲 坂

#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.

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This sobering memorial is attached to the museum. Go through the memorial and then upstairs to see where the pillars are above ground. There is an infinity pool that has a light for each of the victims. Don’t miss this memorial if you are at the museum. Review from aekrfk

#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.

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The staff are very helpful to foreign visitors making sure you get an audio headset, it’s working and chaperoning between the exhibits which have programmed start times. You get an idea of the power of the eruption although some of the video is on the internet which possibility is too frightening to show at the exhibition although reference is made to those in the press who lost their life by staying on plus emergency services. The simulation of the eruption with the shared vibrating ride could be deemed to be in poor taste but probably can be viewed as educational for the people who live in a country under risk of such violent natural occurrences. Review from London Tell

#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.

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「While going up the street for a while, Hoki Church suddenly appears with its pink-painted beautiful figure. Exterior paint seems to be new, however, it has a long history. Small church, but you can overlook the sea from there and certainly you should not miss if you like old churches. Review from Yuichi S

#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.

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The Famous archtect, Kisho Kurokawa designed this round-shaped respectable building. Not only the building, the exhibits items including video and diorama were great. The view from the observation room.Review from tn124421

#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.

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“Thanks to the weather, we could enjoy such a peaceful time looking down Kujuku-shima while some hawks flying in the blue sky in font of us. It was a very unique view with many little islands floating on the ocean and a couple of sightseeing boats go around those islands.
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.

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Disaster site of lava and volcanic ash deposited by pyroclastic flow is located in Michinoeki “rest shop” of Mizunashi Honjin Fukae within a distance of 15 minutes by car from the city. There is also a souvenir shop, restaurant and toilets. Admission is free. To convey a lesson, the 11 buildings/houses affected works. Review from rikky88

#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.

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This Church was built in 1925 with the Virgin Mary as its patron.Free Wi-Fi is available together with instructions on how to download a video detailing the history of the church.It is a fine wooden structure with beautiful interiors. Review from tiredNsnarky

#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.

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Great for morning walks to enjoy the quiet and get some fresh seaside air. The park has several areas for dog walkers and for others. I notice that people use this park in a variety ways from morning exercises, to dog walking, running or just sitting by the fountain and contemplating life. Bring a cup of coffee and just enjoy the quiet. Review from chyxs

#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.

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Because of this museum, and the Glover Residence, I was able to find out that Nagasaki was once Japan’s forerunner in Sciences, Medicine, and Technology. Pay special attention to the infusion of western influences through trading in Dejima, a man-made island where foreigners could do trade with Japan. Review from GalaMundo

#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.

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It really felt like walking in Hell. Boiling puddles of water, steam coming through the gaps in the rocks and the beauty of the forest created such a wonderful atmosphere. Review from anushka r

#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.

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They change illumination theme every season and the atmosphere is really romantic and relaxing. I like the canal cruise. Very european style. The games in Adventure Park are also nice but frankly there are not many exciting rides / machinery games. Recommended for family or older couples who just want to enjoy the view. Review from Yeaher

#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).

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One of the memorable places in Sasebo. Designed in the traditional style reflecting the history around these places. There are some good cafes where you can eat. Review from SergyGor

#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.

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Nagushiyama – a pristine nature park. There is an unusual combination of plants and flowers. Indescribable beauty.Review from SergyGor
Come and climb up to the shrine on the summit, I would like you to visit a “azalea” blooming place in Kujukushima. You will be astonished by its beatufil scenery. Review from SJTDR

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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.