Nagasaki Prefecture is a tropical haven that boasts unspoiled beaches and island getaways surrounded by crystal-clear seas that draw swimmers, divers, sea kayakers and other ocean adventure fans. The island of Tsushima attracts eco-tourists with its flora and fauna. Nagasaki is also famous for its rolling hills, which offer an abundance of flowers and breathtaking views, and for famous hot springs such as Unzen, that are heated by the area's volcanoes. Close to Korea and China, influenced by various cultures and a key trading center, Nagasaki has become one of Japan’s most-loved destinations—a culturally and historically rich region with tombs and ruins dating back to the third century BC.
There are many ways to get to Nagasaki. If you are traveling by air, flying to Fukuoka and Nagasaki 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 to the city of Fukuoka. From here you have two options: catch a bus or ride the Kamome limited express to Nagasaki Station.
If you are travelling to Nagasaki from Fukuoka, you can either catch a bus or ride the Kamome from Hakata or Tenjin stations. If you are looking 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, take the tram that goes to all the tourist spots for just 120 yen.
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Ariake Blue Crab
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Shimabara Tenobe Somen
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Castella Sponge Cake
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Welcome to the season of tulips, cherry blossoms and lantern-covered hills. During spring, Nagasaki turns into a dream-like floral wonderland.
Experience true island life at Nagasaki’s various oceanside festivals. Dine on special spiny lobsters and watch Peron boats race under the summer sun.
Noh, Yosakoi, the beautiful and death-defying acrobatics of Takengi—Autumn is Nagasaki’s season of culture, where every corner of this little prefecture comes to life.
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.