Guide to Nagasaki

by Lyanne Thomas
(Manila, Philippines)

Guide to Nagasaki, Japan, what to see and do?


Nagasaki is located on Japan`s southern isle Kyushu, a paradise that boasts green fields, forested mountain sides and beautiful beaches.

The famous city of Nagasaki is the capital and likewise the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture. The city is not only historical but attractive with some tourist attractions captivating the hearts of many foreigners.



Nagasaki is located on Japan`s southern isle Kyushu, a paradise that boasts green fields, forested mountain sides and beautiful beaches.

The famous city of Nagasaki is the capital and likewise the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture. The city is not only historical but attractive with some tourist attractions captivating the hearts of many foreigners such as:

the Nagasaki Peace Park, Gunkanjima, Mount Inasa, Glover Garden, Sofukuji Temple, Dejima, Chinatown, Oura Church, Kofukuji Temple, the Confucian Shrine, Dutch Slope, Meganebashi Bridge, and some of the cherry blossom spots in the city.

Nagasaki is indeed a busy city. One can travel by bus and overnight buses go to and from other cities in Kyushu and Honshu (the main island of Japan).

The Holland overnight bus runs from Kyoto and Osaka Umeda to Nagasaki City. Another bus is the Roman Nagasaki which runs from Osaka Hankyu Bus Terminal to Nagasaki. If you want to travel overnight from Tokyo to Nagasaki then you can take a sleeper train, although you will have to take 3 trains to get to your destination with a total of 13 hours of travel. For travelers who prefer traveling by air rather than by land then it is good news because both of Japan's major carriers, JAL and ANA serve the Nagasaki airport. Nagasaki airport is in the neighboring city of Omura.

Guide to Nagasaki - Getting around the City

To get around Nagasaki I recommend trams,streetcars or even on foot. Trams connect most of Nagasaki and for places that are not served by trams then one can get around using a bus. Buses and Trams operate only until 11pm and so it is important to observe the time when you travel around the city.

Since Nagasaki is a big city, it offers a full range of alternatives of sleeping arrangements. If you are on a tight budget then you can opt for internet cafes or manga cafes. Some cafes have private booths where you can sleep the night.

The next option for you would be some of the city's youth hostels. Most of these hostels are comfortable enough.

More expensive still are the many Hotels and inns in the city and you can always choose one that suits your budget.

With Nagasaki's many tourist attractions there are lots of things one can do around the city.

The Nagasaki Lantern FestivalDuring the lunar New Year which is in the middle of Jan-Feb you may witness the beautiful lantern festival held by the Chinese community in Nagasaki.

Nagasaki`s O-kunchi FestivalOne of the most popular festivals of the country is held in Nagasaki, the O-kunchi. For those who want to try several foods from Japan, this is a good time since during the O-kunchi festival the streets are full of vendors selling a variety of Japanese foods.

Iojima (Island)A boat ride from Nagasaki harbour to Iojima is also not to be missed. The boat ticket allows you to visit hot springs at the hotel of Iojima, you may likewise take a refreshing bath if you like. Last but not least, experience the guided tours in the city, you may learn a lot at the same time, enjoy the scenery and experience unforgettable travel moments.

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