Must-See Attractions in Nagasaki

Nagasaki peace park

Nagasaki Peace Park © DoNotLick/Flickr

Located on the North-West corner of Kyushu island, Nagasaki is the capital city of Nagasaki-Prefecture. The pure practical attributes of the modern Nagasaki blend so harmoniously with its historical and aesthetic features, that the visitor can easily forget that it also represents a vital industrial center. However, the first thing that automatically pops into our minds about Nagasaki, is the tragic atomic bombing of 1945.

Nagasaki has a long and fascinating history concerning the emergence of European commerce and Christianity. Many of Nagasaki’s landscapes evoke the connections between the city’s past and the world, despite the devastating nuclear attack. This article presents some must-see attractions in Nagasaki.

National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

Peace MEmorial Hall Nagasaki

Remembrance Hall at National Memorial Hall ©mab-ken/Flickr

This building commemorates the victims of the atomic bombing in 1945, in WWII. It was built recently, in 2002. This building is famous for the Remembrance Hall and the several letters, diary entries and photographs of the victims. More than 70,000 fiber-optic lights symbolize the lives of the victims of the bombing.


Mount Inasa

Mount Inasa

The Ten Million Dollar Night View from Mount Inasa, Nagasaki © Konstantin Leonov/Flickr

The hill of Inasa is located near the city and it can be accessed by the Nagasaki Ropeway. After reaching the top of the hill, you can see the stunning views of the city. It is recommended to visit this place at night, or at least in darkness, because the light of the day doesn’t allow you to see the so-called ‘Ten Million Dollar Night View’. This name also refers to the beautiful sight on Nagasaki.


Suwa Shrine

Suwa Shrine

Entrance of Suwa Shrine & part of the staircase ©TANAKA Juuyoh (????)/Flickr

Suwa Shrine is the most popular Shinto Shrine in Nagasaki. As all the other Suwa shrines, this one is also dedicated to a kami, Suwa-no-Kami, and it was built as a protest against conversion to Christianity. The shrine also features a stone staircase with 277 steps, but trust me, it worths the effort to climb it!


Nagasaki Peace Park & Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki peace park

Nagasaki Peace Park: the Fountain of Peace © DoNotLick/Flickr

Both facilities commemorate the atomic bombing of 1945. Besides the historic tragedy, the museum also symbolizes the beginning of a new, nuclear era, when atomic catastrophes slowly become accustomed phenomenon. This museum, just like the already mentioned Peace Memorial Hall, exhibits photographs and other documents in connection with the tragedy. The park principally emphasizes commitment to peace.


Glover Garden

Glover Garden

Fancy seats at Glover Garden © ~konny/Flickr

This park was built in the honor Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant who was a very important person in Japan’s modernization. Another significant tourist attraction in Nagasaki is the Glover Residence, the oldest and most beautiful Western-styled house of Japan. If you are attracted to beautiful buildings and gardens, then Glover Garden is a must-see for you.


Megane Bridge


Megane Bridge over Nakajima River ©southtopia/Flickr

Megane Bridge, Meganebashi or the Spectacles Bridge was built in the 17th century over Nakashima river. As the oldest arch bridge in Japan, it is a very popular local sight and tourist attraction as well. Moreover, it has a romantic ambiance, too.




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