Nagasaki

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Nagasaki

Modernized during the Meiji period, this southern Japanese city has an intriguing history of Dutch trading, Christian missions and the atomic bomb.

The Japanese city of Nagasaki is known for having been bombed in 1945, but its development prior to that time is fascinating. Visit the revitalized city to explore its earlier trading and industrial past and experience its welcoming modern culture, with a future looking toward world peace.

Built around a protective harbor facing the South China Sea, early Nagasaki was a natural spot for sea trade, beginning in the early 1600s. Tour the restored buildings of Dejima, a manmade island where a Dutch trading post stood for 218 years. Visit the nearby Nagasaki Kameyama Shachu Memorial Museum which tells additional stories of the modernization in Nagasaki that led early industrialization across the country. Nearby, the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture relates development of East/West relations.

Stop at the Oura Catholic Church overlooking the harbor. In this 1864 gothic church, foreigners and early Japanese Christians were allowed to practice their faith freely. Next door, the Glover Garden contains the former residence of Thomas Glover, a Scottish merchant whose efforts in mining and shipbuilding influenced modernization.

From the port, take a boat ride to Gunkanjima, an island that was once a coal mine. As you pass the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Nagasaki Shipyard, notice the giant cantilever crane, installed in 1909 and still in operation.

Largely because of its shipbuilding and industrialization, Nagasaki was the target for the second atomic bomb during World War II. Tens of thousands of people died. Honor those individuals and the city’s prayers for peace at Peace Park. Here, a tall monolith in Hypocenter Park marks the center of the explosion. The Peace Statue, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall For the Atomic Bomb Victims are nearby.

At night, take the ropeway, bus or car up Mount Inasa to look down upon the lights of the city reflecting in the harbor. Before leaving, visit the beach at Iojima Island to enjoy some sunshine.

Fly to Nagasaki from Tokyo in about 2 hours.

Where to stay in Nagasaki

APA Hotel Nagasaki-Ekimae
APA Hotel Nagasaki-Ekimae
3 out of 5
The price is HK$316 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Situated in Nagasaki, this hotel is steps away from Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument and Amu Plaza Nagasaki. Oka Masaharu Memorial Nagasaki Peace Museum ...
3.7/5 Good! (706 reviews)
4 days in Nagasaki
"This hotel was good for the location and the price. The bathroom was a little small but I enjoyed my stay here. There is a Irish pub on the first floor so make sure to check out the surrounding area in Nagasaki. Friendly staff and excellent location for the price."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

APA Hotel Nagasaki-Ekimae
Candeo Hotels Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown
Candeo Hotels Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown
3 out of 5
Dozamachi 3-12, Nagasaki, Nagasaki
The price is HK$580 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Located in Nagasaki Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nagasaki Dejima and Megane Bridge. Glover Garden and Oura Church are also within 1 mi ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"This property is located just a short tram ride from Nagasaki Station and tourist attractions. There are many restaurants and a good shopping area. The hotel itself is very clean and new. We stayed for three nights in a room with a queen size bed. I have three complaints about the room: the bed is ..."

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2021

Candeo Hotels Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown
Dormy Inn Nagasakiekimae Hot Springs
Dormy Inn Nagasakiekimae Hot Springs
3 out of 5
2-29 Goto, Nagasaki, Nagasaki
The price is HK$642 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Situated in Nagasaki, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nakamachi Church and Amu Plaza Nagasaki. Nagasaki City Library and Fukusaiji Temple are also within ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (39 reviews)
Great hotel for business/leisure travel
"Great location right by the station. Clean and tidy, top notch onsen (hot spring) on the top floor. Visited for two nights with my wife and can wholeheartedly recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on 6 May 2021

Dormy Inn Nagasakiekimae Hot Springs
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
MP HOTELS Nagasaki Mizubenomori
MP HOTELS Nagasaki Mizubenomori
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$389 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Located in the heart of Nagasaki, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Confucius Shrine, Glover Garden and Oura Church. Megane Bridge and Sofuku-ji ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (102 reviews)
"Accommodation was cozy and located in a good area near the famous church. Our group of four shared a room with double bunks. The place would be better for just two people or those who are couples or comfortable sleeping next to each other. The space is a bit small so we recommend fewer guests to ..."

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

MP HOTELS Nagasaki Mizubenomori
GRAND BASE Nagasaki City
GRAND BASE Nagasaki City
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$514 per night from 9 Nov to 9 Nov
Situated in Nagasaki, this apartment building is steps away from Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Shofukuji Temple. Nakamachi Church and Fukusaiji ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
very convenient hotel
"Abest Hotel is a comfortable to stay. I would say the best if you are coming by train because it’s just in front of the station. There are some sauna and hot pools too and so it’s very convenient on a rainy day as we had yesterday. There are also plenty of restaurant around"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

GRAND BASE Nagasaki City
GRAND BASE Nagasaki Ekimae
GRAND BASE Nagasaki Ekimae
3 out of 5
The price is HK$505 per night from 16 Nov to 16 Nov
Situated in Nagasaki, this apartment building is steps away from Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument and Oka Masaharu Memorial Nagasaki Peace Museum. Amu ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (20 reviews)
"とても部屋が綺麗で駅からも近く最高でした!"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2021

GRAND BASE Nagasaki Ekimae
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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