Nagasaki City 1 Day Must-See Model Course

Nagasaki City 1 Day Must-See Model Course
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Start: Nagasaki Station

Pick up a map at the tourist information office in the station

NEXT: 15 minutes by No.1 or 3 Tram to Matsuyama Tram Stop

Learn the facts about the atomic bombing

The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki City The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum covers the history of this event in the accessible form of a story. It begins with the disastrous scene of the attack and includes the events leading up to the dropping of the atomic bomb, the reconstruction of Nagasaki up to the present day, the history of nuclear weapons development, and the hope for a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons. VIEW MORE

See the Peace Statue and artworks donated from all over the world

Peace Park
Nagasaki City The Peace Park was founded with the desire for world peace in mind. After the atomic bomb exploded, it was said that grass and trees would not grow on this spot for 75 years. However, this park is currently full of trees, flowers and art works donated by countries all over the world in support of the city’s prayer for peace. The Peace Statue, a symbol of Nagasaki as a city of peace, was created by sculptor Seibo Kitamura, a Nagasaki native. The raised right hand pointing to the sky depicts the threat of the atomic bomb, and the left hand stretching horizontally symbolizes eternal world peace, while the slightly closed eyes express a prayer asking that the souls of the victims may find rest. A poem is carved into a memorial plate in front of the park’s fountain, written by a child who suffered from thirst in the immediate aftermath of the bombing. The fountain, brimming with water, is an offering to all those who lost their strength before they could drink a single drop. Every year, a Peace Memorial Ceremony is conducted in front of this statue. VIEW MORE

NEXT: 15 minutes by No.1 Tram to Dejima Tram Stop

The only place where Japan carried out exchange with the West from the 16th to the 19th century

Dejima (Desima, Deshima) - Site of the Former Dutch Trading Post
Nagasaki City Constructed in 1636, Dejima would later become a place where the Dutch East India Company would install a trading post, allowing the transport into Japan of both Western goods and the latest news of overseas current affairs. At the same time, Japanese goods, along with information about Japan, would be relayed to the West.  During the long period of national seclusion (1641-1859), Dejima was the only door open to the outside world and gave Nagasaki the status of Japan’s sole international trading port. Dejima played an important role in the development of culture, industry, and science in Japan by serving as a gateway to the West. Many ambitious Japanese scholars traveled to Nagasaki to study Rangaku (“Dutch learning”, i.e., Western science) including medicine, chemistry, weaponry, navigation, and astronomy.  The fan-shaped artificial island of Dejima no longer exists, lost to the repeated reclamation of the bay. Currently, Nagasaki City is engaging in plants to restore Dejima to its 19 century state. To carry out this restoration, foundation stones, stone walls and many other remains were excavated and some are exhibited inside the carefully reconstructed buildings. The buildings were constructed using traditional Edo period method and installed European furniture based on early 19th century drawings of the island and models of Dejima’s buildings that are preserved in the Netherland. Other exhibitions including the history of Dejima and Western learning and a miniature Dejima provide visitors with a sense of everyday life on Dejima.  Furthermore, visitors can slip back in time to the era of the trading post by renting a Kimono. Usually it takes half an hour to put on a Kimono, but in this Kimono shop, you can dress up in the traditional Kimono in just 3 minutes. Dressing up in a Kimono and taking pictures against a backdrop of Japan-meets-West buildings is becoming a popular activity for visitors. VIEW MORE

NEXT: Walk 2 minutes

Check out the art at this museum designed by Kengo Kuma

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum
Nagasaki City Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum was designed by the world-famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Bisected by a canal, the building features a green rooftop garden from which a panoramic view of the Nagasaki Port and the lush greenery of the Seaside Park can be enjoyed. This one-of-a-kind design has received many prizes in building and illumination design competitions including the Marble Architecture Award 2005 (Italy). The main gallery exhibits attractive collections including the largest collection of Spanish artwork in the East, as well as works related to Nagasaki. Facilities include the Museum Shop, offering well-designed original goods and gifts, and the Cafe, which offers an amazing view high above the canal. The museum holds workshops, concerts and many other community events.Admission is free, excluding the Galleries. VIEW MORE

NEXT: Take a 10 minute walk
Stroll through the seaside park and enjoy the greenery and the fresh ocean breeze.

OR take the No. 1 tram from Dejima Tram Stop to Tsukimachi Tram Stop, change to the No. 5 tram, and get off at Oura Tenshudo-Shita Tram Stop.

Catch a glimpse of 19th – 20th century Nagasaki, and the era of Madame Butterfly

Glover Garden
Nagasaki City This garden has been designated as an Important Cultural Asset. Here you can visit the beautiful traditional homes built for British merchants, including the oldest wooden Western-style home in Japan, built by the Scottish merchant Thomas Glover, who exerted a strong influence on the industrialization of Japan. The garden is lush with flowers, and has a stunning view of Nagasaki Port. The Christmas illuminations in winter time are also worth to visit. VIEW MORE

NEXT: Walk 1 minute

Discover the oldest existing church in Japan, the location of the so-called “Miracle of the East”.

Oura Cathedral
Nagasaki City Oura Cathedral is the oldest wooden church of gothic architecture existing in Japan. It was built in 1864 by a French missionary, and was thus known by the people of Nagasaki at the time as the “French Temple”. This church was dedicated to the 26 martyrs who had been executed on Nishizaka Hill; the bronze statues in Oura Cathedral and on Nishizaka were built to face each other. This church has been designated as a national treasure. One important story of this church is the “Discovery of the Flock”. In March 1865, hidden Christians from Urakami came to the cathedral and told the priest, Father Petitjean, that they were of the same faith as he was. When the Pope at the time heard the story of the Christian faith that had survived the centuries of harsh persecution, he was greatly moved and declared it to be the “Miracle in the East”. Pope John Paul II visited this site in 1981. This church was replaced with Urakami Cathderal as the Cathedral of the Nagasaki Archdiocese. In 2016, it has been recognized by the Vatican as a Minor Basilica for its historical value. VIEW MORE

15 min by free shuttle bus from hotels and JR Nagasaki Station to Fuchi Shrine

From Fuchi Shrine by Ropeway to Mt. Inasa Observatory.

Nagasaki Night View on Mt. Inasa
Nagasaki City Nagasaki’s night view is spectacular. With Nagasaki port at the center, mountains loom on three sides. Homes and city lights populate the slopes, their lights mingling with the twinkling stars in the sky. Nagasaki’s splendid night view can be enjoyed from many parts of the city. At the World Night View Summit in 2012, Nagasaki was recognized as one of the 3 cities with the most spectacular night views in the world. The best way to enjoy this view is to take the glass-paneled gondola ropeway up to Mt. Inasa. *The Nagasaki Ropeway will be suspended(closed) from the 7th May 2015 – 5th February 2016. Bus services are avilable from JR Nagasaki Station. VIEW MORE

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see: Transportation page.