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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Anything but somber, Nagasaki is a vibrant port city full of color and international flair

More a bustling town than a packed metropolis, the city of Nagasaki is full of things to do. Curling around the western point of Kyushu, its proximity to mainland Asia made it the only place open for trade during Japan's long period of isolation. This vibrant port city of sloping hills is renowned for its color, charm, and international influence.

Don't Miss

  • Festive celebrations at the Nagasaki Lantern Festival
  • Dejima and Glover Garden, home to some of Japan's earliest foreign merchants
  • Panoramic views from Suwa Shrine
  • Paying your respects at the Nagasaki Peace Park

How to Get There

Nagasaki City is usually reached by air or land.

From Nagasaki Airport, making your way into the city is very easy. Buses will transport you to Shinchi Bus Terminal in the city center.

Alternatively, you can travel directly to Nagasaki from Fukuoka Airport by bus. Buses depart for Nagasaki every hour, with a one-way journey taking roughly 2.5 hours.

For holders of the JR Rail Pass, the sleek and futuristic-looking Kamome Limited Express running from Hakata in Fukuoka to Nagasaki Station is your best choice.

Nagasaki City itself is serviced by a charming tram network. Although not covered by the JR Rail Pass, a cost-effective 1-day pass is available.

Where Chinese culture illuminates

Strong Chinese influence in Nagasaki is visible through a Chinatown, Confucian temples and local restaurants. For a further fascinating glimpse into Chinese life in the city, the Kunchi Festival in early fall and Nagasaki Lantern Festival in late winter are must-see events. The festivals involve a spectacular riot of illuminated decorations and dragon dances.

Home to foreign traders

If European history is more your style, Nagasaki doesn't disappoint. The Dejima wharf and promenade areas are where Portuguese and Dutch missionaries and dealers once plied their trade.

Similarly, Glover Garden is an open-air museum displaying housing and other buildings belonging to several of the city's former foreign residents. A highlight is the Glover residence itself, which offers amazing views of the harbor.

A specially guarded shrine

Also offering outstanding harbor views is Suwa Shrine, which sits atop Mt. Tamazono. Reaching the shrine is not for the faint-hearted, but well worth the trek. Visit during October 7-9 to participate in one of Nagasaki's most famous festivals, the Kunchi Festival.

The legacy of the atomic bomb

The dropping of the second atomic bomb here during World War II is commemorated in various memorials dedicated to the incident. The Peace Park is a stark reminder of the devastation caused. Don't be deterred from visiting, however, as the monuments and museum also speak of peace, hope, and sheer resilience.

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