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

Hotel Monterey Nagasaki
Hotel Monterey Nagasaki
3.5 out of 5
1-22 Oura-machi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki-ken, 850-0918
The price is ¥6,218 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Nagasaki. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"much worth than money I paid"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Hotel Monterey Nagasaki
Dormy Inn Premium Nagasaki-ekimae
Dormy Inn Premium Nagasaki-ekimae
3 out of 5
2-29 Goto, Nagasaki, Nagasaki, 850-0036
The price is ¥9,931 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Nagasaki. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Glover Garden and Peace Park are located nearby. Discover ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (155 reviews)
"へやは狭いが新しく清潔です。 駅からも比較的ちかい。 温泉は早朝でも数名の人がいた。"

Reviewed on May 22, 2022

Dormy Inn Premium Nagasaki-ekimae
i+Land nagasaki
i+Land nagasaki
3.5 out of 5
1-3277-7 Ioujima-machi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki-ken, 851-1201
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥20,655 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Nagasaki. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (401 reviews)
"This was an amazing place. I will be spending more time here. This was a perfect get away. I will be recommending this place to everyone I can. I didn't like that I purchased an ocean view, and instead got only trees in my view."

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2022

i+Land nagasaki
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MP HOTELS Nagasaki Mizubenomori
MP HOTELS Nagasaki Mizubenomori
2.5 out of 5
7-20 Ouramachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki, 850-0918
The price is ¥5,212 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Nagasaki. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (121 reviews)
"Cleaning of the rooms could be much better. When we first entered our room, there was still garbage and dust on the floor. The room we had had a bunk bed so when I went up to the upper bed, I noticed that the AC unit was full of dust and never properly cleaned. Same for the lights in the ceiling. ..."

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

MP HOTELS Nagasaki Mizubenomori
GRAND BASE Nagasaki City
GRAND BASE Nagasaki City
2.5 out of 5
2-39 Tamazonomachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki, 850-0053
The price is ¥12,500 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
Stay at this apartment in Nagasaki. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Glover Garden and Peace Park are located nearby. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (25 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 Mar 1, 2020

GRAND BASE Nagasaki City
Coruscant Hotel Nagasaki Station 2
Coruscant Hotel Nagasaki Station 2
3 out of 5
Daikokumachi 5-10, Nagasaki, Nagasaki, 850-0057
The price is ¥6,546 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Nagasaki. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Glover Garden and Peace Park ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
"Clean, good location..."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

Coruscant Hotel Nagasaki Station 2
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