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The City of Nagasaki & Nearby Day Trips
Known to many as a city bombed during World War II, Nagasaki has truly risen from the ashes. Our recent visit to #Japan revealed a city bursting with so much beauty! Nestled atop the hills and overlooking the bay, Nagasaki is a #unique city, almost magical, and has natural charm, and stunning native scenery.
Most people know Nagasaki Japan as the second and, to date, last city in the world to experience a nuclear attack during World War II. Before its tragic attack, it had been a center of Portuguese and other European influences from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki had been proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. Its name means “long cape.”
It most definitely has a port and navy ships and cruise lines pull up on a regular basis as we did on our Princess Cruise ship over this past summer. I didn’t quite know what to expect of course and so I took a meander around through the city including Nagasaki’s fairly well known China Town.
The city itself rests on a series of hills, overlooking the bay. Worth visiting are: Glover Garden, Nagasaki’s most visited tourist attraction and Japan’s oldest western-style house.
Worth visiting are: Glover Garden, Nagasaki’s most visited tourist attraction and Japan’s oldest western-style house
Besides the mansions and museums, it’s a tribute to Thomas Blake Glover, the visionary who helped to modernize Japan in the 19th century. The garden’s open air museum exhibits mansions from the Meiji era belonging to former Western residents of Nagasaki.
The Atomic Bomb Museum stands above the Peace Memorial Park. Here you can view photographs and artifacts about the tragic event that affected world history. Nearby, you can go on your own or take a tour of Shimabara Castle and Village, which is a 16th century town featuring a samurai village and a reconstructed feudal castle.
Arita is also nearby and the birthplace of porcelain manufacturing in Japan. A quaint mountain town with 400 years of history producing ceramic treasures, you can tour a working kilm and shop of course.
Arita is also nearby and the birthplace of porcelain manufacturing in Japan
Other side trips include Dejima, which was originally built for Portuguese missionaries in the 17th century, this fan shaped island and National Historical Site became a Dutch trading center, and introduced coffee, beer and chocolate to Japan.
Highlights of Nagasaki
Guided City Tour in Hiroshima
Nara Park Classic Tour
Lastly, you can visit Mt. Inasa, which is nearly 1,100 feet high. This hill to the west of Nagasaki is known for its 10 million dollar night view, which you can see by riding to the summit in a cable car.
It’s also fun to just walk through the city, which is full of sprawling tall buildings and has a modern flare, likely because it had to be rebuilt after the war. There is a charming bridge which crosses in the river in the main section of town, not far from the main drag.