Nagasaki was Japan's early gateway to trade with the West, and this influence still shines through in its districts of stately European-style homes and a large Christian population. Historically strong links to China and Korea further inflect modern Nagasaki, although the prefecture features tombs and ruins dating back to the third century B.C. Unspoiled beaches and island getaways surrounded by crystal-clear seas that draw swimmers, divers, and sea kayakers, while the island of Tsushima attracts eco-tourists with its flora and fauna.
If you are traveling by air, Nagasaki Airport or nearby Fukuoka Airport are your best options. You can book bus tickets from either one that will take you directly to the city of Nagasaki. Alternatively, you can catch the bullet train all the way from Tokyo—or major cities between—to Hakata Station in Fukuoka. From here you have two options: catch a bus or ride the JR Kamome Limited Express to Nagasaki Station.
If you are traveling to Nagasaki from Fukuoka, you can catch a bus from Hakata or Tenjin, or ride the JR Kamome Limited Express from Hakata Station. To catch a ferry to any of the Goto Islands, purchase a ticket from Ohato terminal, which is located just behind Yume Saito, a popular shopping mall. To get around Nagasaki City, take the tram that goes to all the tourist spots for just 120 yen.
Nagasaki was Japans first point of contact with the outside world. Nagasaki shippoku is a fusion of Japanese, Chinese...
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Ariake Blue Crab
Once plentiful throughout Japan, the Ariake blue crab has a large, diamond-shaped torso, and is found most often in S...
Inspired by Chinese cuisine, Nagasaki chanpon is a flavorful, warming noodle soup made in pork, vegetable and seafood...
Shimabara Tenobe Somen
Somen is a very thin noodle that is stretched by hand. Tenobe somen from Shimabara retains its chewiness despite bein...
Castella Sponge Cake
Portuguese missionaries introduced castella sponge cake to Nagasaki. Fluffy and moist, made with thick malty syrup, N...
Tulips in Huis Ten Bosch and azaleas in Nagushiyama accentuate the bloom of Japan's more famous cherry blossoms. The Hirado Thousand Lantern Festival illuminates Fumon-ji temple.
Experience true island life at Nagasaki’s various oceanside festivals. Dine on spiny lobsters and watch a traditional Peron boat race under the summer sun.
Nagasaki gets up and moving in autumn, with the Sasebo Yosakoi dance festival, Noh theater performances in Shimabara and death-defying Takengi acrobatics. Kunchi is Nagasaki City's flagship festival, with music, food and dragon dance.
Nagasaki is aglow with the light of thousands of lanterns. Church concerts in Kamigoto resound all over the island, and grass in the hills of Kawachi-Toge Pass is burned off, creating a red-hot spectacle.