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Omura Flower FestivalOmura Park is home to some of Japan's national natural monuments: around 2,000 Omura Sakura cherry trees which bloom from late March to early April as well as about 30,000 Japanese irises, which blossom between late May and mid June. Often packed with visitors, the park will be lit up with romantic lighting during this season. Also, from early April to early May, some 5,800 rhododendrons in 45 different varieties from all over the world are featured at the Uraminotaki Garden alongside the impressive 30-meter waterfall.
Isahaya Lantern River FestivalThis festival started as a memorial for the 630 victims of the Great Flood of Isahaya, which took place on July 25, 1957. The festival is a way to mourn the loss of life but also to promote the development of a safe and beautiful town. The combination of the 23,000 lanterns floating down the Honmyo River, 1,500 fireworks and the illumination of Spectacles Bridge is a fantastic sight.
Omura Sumitada Historical ParkOmura Sumitada was Japan’s first Christian Daimyo (Samurai war lord), who with foresight and vision sent a group of young Japanese emissaries to Rome (known as the “Tensho Embassy”).This park was built at the residence where Omura Sunitada breathed his last breath. A garden with a fountain and its clean flow of water still remains as the core attraction of the park. Visitors can learn some historical facts about Sumitada including details of local Japanese Christians and trading with the West.
Omura Yume Farm ChouChouThis facility offers agricultural experiences including picking strawberries, baking bread, cooking sweets and sausages. Barbecue restaurants, farm stands, bakery shops and ice cream shops are popular for visitors.
Stone Garden of the Former Enyu-ji TempleEnyu-ji Temple was built by the fourth domain chief Suminaga in 1652. Designed in the “stone garden” style of the early days of the Edo period, the garden uses a variety of stone combinations with over 400 stones along a slope stretching some 50 meter east-west. Reminiscent of the original grandeur of the garden, it also features a gardening concept that simulates a san-sui (mountain-water) landscape painting with water flows simulated by white pebble stones, and dry falls and flows created using the natural topography.
Shirakimine Plateau and the Cosmos Flower Space HallThe Shirakimine plateau overlooks the Ariake Sea and presents a breathtaking sight.
During Spring, over 100,000 flowers blossom, covering the plateau in a rippling yellow coat. Then later, in Autumn, 200,000 pink, white and red flowers blossom, creating a beautiful vista. Hikers travel from all over Japan, to take in the vista.
Nearby, at the Cosmos Flower Space Hall there is a high-powered astronomy telescope which offers spectacular views of the night sky.
Nagasaki AirportSituated in the middle of Nagasaki Prefecture in Omura Bay, Nagasaki Airport is the world’s first airport built on the sea. Other than daily domestic flight departures, there are also international flights to neighbouring countries. English speaking staff are available at the information counter.
Yuinohama Marine ParkA stone’s throw from Isahaya city center, Yuinohama Marine Park faces Tachibana Bay in Nagasaki’s east. The man-made beach boasts clear, calm waters protected by a break wall and two deserted islands sitting just off shore.
The rounder island, nicknamed Kamejima or ‘Turtle Island’ pays tribute to the endangered Loggerhead turtles that come to lay their eggs on Yuinohama’s silky smooth sand. In 2013 seventy hatchlings were welcomed to the island, the highest number in the immediate area.
Highly popular with the locals, the park boasts a handful of barbeque and picnicking areas. Barbeque rental, meat platters and light meals are available during summer months from the stalls near the beach house.
Just off shore, shark nets and a floating pontoon ensure a safe and enjoyable swim for all. Open sea view camping sites are available at reasonable prices for those who want to extend their stay.
Omura ParkOmura Park was built over the outer moat of the former Kushima Castle. The park is filled with 300 blossoming cherry trees in spring and has been selected as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots”. Omura Sakura is said to be the most graceful cherry blossom with 60 to 100 petals per flower, while the ordinal cherry blossom has 5 petals. At the beginning of summer, some 300,000 irises bloom in the park.
Todoroki Gorge and The Todoroki Falls Clear streams flow through this gorge, creating over 30 waterfalls. The most famous of which, is Todoroki Falls, named after the deafening roar it makes as the water hits the plunge pool. Surrounded by lush greenery and tall trees, this area makes the perfect escape from intense heat in the summer.
Isahaya park & Isahaya MeganebashiIn the park, visitors will see a 600 year old camphor tree, the Isahaya Meganebashi, different kinds of special plants and a former Takashiro Castle. In April, the azaleas in the park begin to bloom, and they hold a festival.
Isahaya Meganebashi:After an enormous flood in Honmyougawa, this old stone bridge was moved to Isahaya. The care and detail taken in rebuilding the bridge are clearly evident.
Nodake Lake Park Nodake Lake Park, part of the Taradake Prefectural Natural Park offers a serene and breathtaking lake view. The lake was constructed in the Edo period, in an effort made by the Omura domain to develop Taradake Village. Development funds were contributed by Fukazawa Gidayu who was born in present day Hasami Town of Nagasaki Prefecture. The lake is surrounded by lush greenery and is complete with amenities like a camp ground and cycling tracks. Rich in nature, this is a great place for relaxation throughout the year.