Nagasaki City is the central city in Nagasaki Prefecture, located in the northwest area of Kyushu.
During the Edo period, Nagasaki had Japan’s only trading port and developed into the gateway of Japan. A variety of foreign culture sprung from this harbor called Dejima Harbor. Christian culture also entered from the harbor and historical churches such as Oura Church and Urakami Cathedral stand here. Glover Garden which is adjacent to Oura Church is also a recommended stop. Its attraction is not only the Western-style building but the view overlooking Nagasaki City.
The cuisine is also highly recommended in this city where foreign cultures entered. In Chinatown, visitors can enjoy authentic Chinese food. Other famous cuisines in the area are one-plate pilaf, tonkatsu pork cutlet, Turkish rice topped with spaghetti. Famous souvenir of the area is “kasutera” pound cake. It is said to have been brought into Japan in the 1540’s.
Nagasaki is also the city where the atomic bomb was dropped after Hiroshima. The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims was built in order to mourn the victims of the atomic bomb and pray for peace. There are various exhibitions such as photos and writings from that time. In addition to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Park near by, visiting Nagasaki is a good opportunity to think about peace.
The closest airport to the area is Nagasaki Airport. It is a 45 minute bus ride from the airport to Nagasaki Station which is central to tourist destinations. Use the trams and busses from Nagasaki Station to sightsee within the city.