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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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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
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. 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
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours 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
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders 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
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life 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

History

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum 長崎原爆資料館

A somber yet poignant reminder of the horrors of war

An informative yet sobering look at the impacts of the dropping of the "Fat Man" atomic bomb on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, this museum is one of the region’s top tourist attractions and is fundamental to understanding the city’s post-war fabric.

Don't Miss

  • Learning about the bomb's devastating impact on Nagasaki
  • Reading firsthand accounts from the bomb's survivors
  • The adjacent Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
  • Visiting the nearby Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park

How to Get There

The museum is conveniently located and can easily be combined with a visit to the Nagasaki Peace Park. A four-minute walk from Matsuyamamachi tram stop, take a blue street car from Nagasaki Station to reach the museum.

Confronting the horrors of the past

Built in remembrance and out of respect for the victims and survivors of the atomic bomb, the museum presents an imposing exterior. The inside exhibits are no less harrowing and cover the history of Nagasaki both before and after the bomb.

Upon entering the museum, you are confronted with a mangled water tower that once belonged to Keiho Junior High School, just 800 meters from the bomb's hypocenter. The structure is just one of many showing the devastation the bomb wreaked on the area.

Some of the more disturbing artifacts include those belonging to victims who perished in the explosion. Burnt clothes, broken toys and a watch stopping at the exact moment when the bomb dropped and changed Nagasaki forever are just some of those on display.

A mission to educate

Many of materials on display are provocative and the firsthand accounts from the bomb's survivors make for particularly graphic reading.

All are essential, however, for the museum to achieve its aim of contributing to the abolition of nuclear weapons and realizing lasting world peace. Don't miss the chance to learn about postwar efforts on nuclear disarmament. When visiting, you may find yourself surrounded by tour groups of school children learning about the horrors of war.

Hope springs eternal

For a poignant closing to your museum visit, consider a side trip to the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park where a smooth black-stone column marks the point above which the bomb exploded. Shrouded by colorful cranes, the monument is also surrounded by statues and figures praying for peace, longing for a better future.

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