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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

Nature

Nagasaki Peace Park 平和公園

A serene and sobering memorial to victims of nuclear war

Built to commemorate the atomic bombing of Nagasaki City on August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki Peace Park reminds us of the horrors of war, while also expressing hope for peace. With thousands of visitors each year, the complex is comprised of two parks, and a museum tribute to the souls lost in the blast.

Don't Miss

  • The majestic Peace Statue, symbolizing a pledge to eternal peace
  • Touring the solemn Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
  • The minimalist Hypocenter Park, marking the bomb's epicenter

How to Get There

Nagasaki Peace Park is a few kilometers north of the Urakami city center.

Trams connect the park with JR Nagasaki Station. The closest tram stop is Matsuyamamachi; the park is a 5-minute walk away.

A dignified plea for peace

Designed by local artist Seibo Kitamura as a testament to those who perished, the park's majestic Peace Statue is a major draw. Its outstretched arms warn about the dangers of atomic weapons while also gesturing toward a more peaceful future.

Visit on the anniversary of the atomic bomb's dropping, on August 9, to partake in a peace memorial ceremony and witness an inspirational declaration of peace made to the world.

Contemplating the horrors of war

The Fountain of Peace at the south end of the park commemorates those who died searching for water in the bomb's aftermath. Don't miss a heartwrenching poem written by a child victim of the bomb describing the desperation of those needing to quench their thirst.

As a reminder that war doesn't discriminate, the park also has memorial sculptures to commemorate the many Koreans and Chinese victims who perished in 1945.

Of monuments, memorials, and maidens

On a more positive note, a row of monuments contributed by various nations conveys sympathy and goodwill from around the world. Collectively forming a zone of symbols of world peace, the thought-provoking pieces are a must-see.

One of the more touching sculptures in the park was donated by The Republic of China in 1987. Depicting the image of a woman with a billowing dress and a dove perched on her outstretched arm, this piece literally points to a more hopeful future.

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