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Nagasaki

Country
Japan
State
Nagasaki
City
Nagasaki
Type of Location
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By Air

The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport in the nearby city of Omura.Both of Japan's major air carriers serve Nagasaki Airport.JAL and ANA offer nonstop flights from Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Osaka's Itami Airport. ANA also offers nonstops to Nagasaki from the new Nagoya Centrair Airport and Naha Airport in Okinawa, while JAL operates from Nagoya Airport in Komaki. In 2005, a new low-cost carrier, SNA (Skynet Asia Airways), began flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport, providing cheaper tickets than major carriers.There are also nonstop international flights to Nagasaki from Shanghai (China Eastern Airlines) and Seoul (Korean Air), but these run much less frequently than the domestic flights.Buses connect the airport to the Nagasaki train station (1 hour, ¥800).

By Train

The Kyushu Railway Company provides rail transportation on the Nagasaki Main Line, whose terminal is at Nagasaki Station. In addition, the Nagasaki Electric Tramway operates five routes in the city.The Nagasaki Expressway serves vehicular traffic with interchanges at Nagasaki and Susukizuka.In addition, six national highways crisscross the city Routes 34, 202, 251, 324, and 499.

By Bus

The Holland overnight bus runs from Kyoto and Osaka Umeda to Nagasaki (11 1/2 hours from Kyoto, ¥11300; 10 hours from Osaka, ¥11000).An additional bus, the Roman Nagasaki, runs from Osaka Hankyu Bus Terminal to Nagasaki at the same cost and time.The Princess Road and Etranger overnight buses run from Kobe Sannomiya (10 hours, ¥10500) and Himeji (9 hours, ¥9580).

Key places to visit
Glover Garden, Confucius Shrine, Megane Bridge, Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, Nagasaki Peace Park, Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument, Nagasaki Chinatown, Mount Inasa


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Places to Visit

Glover Garden

Is a park in Nagasaki, Japan built for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish entrepreneur who contributed to the modernization of Japan in shipbuilding, coal mining, and many other fields.In it stands the Glover Residence, the oldest Western style house surviving in Japan and Nagasaki's foremost tourist attraction.It is located on the Minamiyamate hillside overlooking Nagasaki harbor.It was built by Hidenoshin Koyama of Amakusa island and completed in 1863.It has been designated as an Important Cultural Asset.As the house and its surroundings are reminiscent of Puccini's opera, it is also known as the "Madame Butterfly House." Statues of Puccini and diva Miura Tamaki, famed for her role as Cio-Cio-san, stand in the park near the house.This house was also the venue of Glover's meetings with rebel samurai particularly from the Chōshū and Satsuma domains.

Confucius Shrine

In Nagasaki, Japan is said to be the world's only Confucian shrine built outside China by Chinese hands.Even today the land on which it stands is Chinese territory and the land rights controlled by the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo.A building at the rear of the shrine houses the Museum of Chinese History and Palace Museum.It features large illuminated photographs of the old Silk Road and models of early Chinese inventions such as the world's first seismograph.Displayed on the second floor are more than 80 treasure-class articles of varying antiquity on loan directly from the Chinese National Museum and Palace Museum in Beijing.

Megane Bridge

Over the Nakashima River was built in Nagasaki in 1634 by the Chinese monk Mozi of Kofukuji Temple.It is said to be the oldest stone arch bridge in Japan and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property.It received the nickname "Spectacles Bridge" because its two arches and their reflection in the water create the image of a pair of spectacles.On July 23, 1982, a disastrous deluge washed away six of the ten stone bridges over the Nakashima River.Meganebashi was badly damaged but fortunately almost all the original stones were retrieved and the bridge was restored to its original appearance.

Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall For The Atomic Bomb Victims

Is one of the National Memorial Halls in Nagasaki, Japan.Like its counterpart in Hiroshima, the hall was constructed as a place to remember and pray for those killed by the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki.The foundation also tours internationally, holding anti-nuclear displays in cities around the world.The 2005 exhibition was held at the Peace Museum in Chicago, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the bombing as well as a conference in New York which reviewed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.In 2007, the exhibition was held in Guernica, Spain, which was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe in April 1937.

Nagasaki Peace Park

Is a park located in Nagasaki, Japan, commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II.Every year, on 9 August, the anniversary of the atomic bombing, a Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue and the Mayor of Nagasaki delivers a Peace Declaration to the World.The statue's right hand points to the threat of nuclear weapons while the extended left hand symbolizes eternal peace.The mild face symbolizes divine grace and the gently closed eyes offer a prayer for the repose of the bomb victims' souls.The folded right leg and extended left leg signify both meditation and the initiative to stand up and rescue the people of the world.Installed in front of the statue is a black marble vault containing the names of the atomic bomb victims and survivors who died in subsequent years.

Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument

Were built on Nishizaka Hill in June 1962 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the canonization of the Christians executed on the site on February 5, 1597.The 26 people, a mixture of native Japanese Christians and European priests (20 Japanese, four Spaniards, one Mexican and one Indian) had been arrested in Kyoto and Osaka on the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the national ruler, for preaching Christianity.They were imprisoned, then later marched through the snow to Nagasaki, so that their execution might serve as a deterrent to Nagasaki's large Christian population.Hung up on 26 crosses with chains and ropes, the Christians were lanced to death in front of a large crowd on Nishizaka Hill. St Paul Miki is said to have preached to the crowd from his cross.

Nagasaki Chinatown

Is located in Nagasaki, Japan.This area today is a big shopping strip that covers many blocks.The town was home for many Chinese sailors and traders who trade goods with the Japanese from the 15th to 19th centuries.The Chinese Traders came to Nagasaki because it was the only "open port" to visit Japan at this time.The Tokugawa government only allow Nagasaki to stay open and closed off Japan to the rest of world from western foreign powers and spread of Christianity.Strict rules were placed on these Chinese to never be outside their town at night and not allow to live outside of the town.Any one found outside of the town at certain times were arrested by the local guard.

Mount Inasa

Is a hill to the West of Nagasaki that is 333 metres high.There is a cable car up to the top of Mt. Inasa from Nagasaki.A short walk from the cable car station are several buildings that house transmitters for TV and radio stations that serve Nagasaki and the surrounding area.Furthermore, there is an observation platform that is popular with tourists as it provides spectacular views of Nagasaki's 10 Million Dollar Night View.This is also a common place for young local couples to break off relationships.

Right Time to Visit

January - May
June - December

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