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Regions of Japan

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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

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 impact 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 streetcar from Nagasaki Station to reach the museum.

Confronting the horrors of the past

Built in remembrance of 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 was once at 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 the 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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