Nagasaki is a very historical place yet there are thousands of exciting things to do. You will encounter with any visitors from all over the country enjoying this beautiful prefecture locates in southern part of Japan. Nagasaki gives you fun experience of both city life and country life of Japan. Here is a list of 11 exciting things to do in Nagasaki which will keep you busy and happy throughout your stay.
#1. Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki. This park was build by featuring the city of Netherland. Not only you will be amazed by the spectacularly beautiful European style buildings, you can also enjoy delicious foods drinks. Especially during summer, they hold many events that will entertain both children and adults.
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In the evening, the light decorations are lighten up, and the whole place turns into the most romantic place for couples to spend time together.
This park locates about one hour away from Nagasaki airport by car. If you are using JR Kyushu, you can just hop in the train and it will take you to the Huis Ten Bosh station which is directly connected to the main theme park area and hotels.
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Huis Ten Bosch
Address: Huis Ten Bosch Machi 1-1, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
Access: 1hour and 45 min from Fukuoka airport by JR Kyushu Train, 50 min from Nagasaki airport by bus
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 10:00pm
Fees of 1day pass: 6,500 yen (adult), 5,500 yen (high school, middle school children), 4,100yen (4years old to elementary school children), 6,000yen (senior)
Website: Huis ten Bosch
#2. Sasebo Burger
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Sasebo is one of the most popular cities in Nagasaki. Since there are American Navy bases in Sasebo, you will see some strange, but interesting mixture of both Japanese and American culture in this city. Sasebo Burger is one of them. This hamburger is famous for its bigger size compared to other burgers that you see in Japan besides its delicious taste. Many people from all over Japan, or sometimes even from overseas, visit Sasebo just to taste this special hamburger. If you get to eat them once, you will be addicted.
#3. Mount Inasa
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Are you visiting Nagasaki with your lover? Then this is the very place to take your loved one as a surprise at the end of the day. Mt. Inasa is officially ranked as one of the three most beautiful night views in Japan. From the view point on the top of the mountain, you can enjoy the city lights of whole Nagasaki city.
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You can use a ropeway to access the view point. You will not regret taking your time visiting this place once you see this breathtaking view.
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Nagasaki Ropeway – Mt. Inasaa
Address: Fuchimachi 8-1, Nagasaki city, Nagasaki Prefecture
Access: 7 minutes from JR Nagasaki station by bus (#3/#4) and get off at Fuchi Shrine stop. 2 minutes walk from there.
Opening Hours: 9:00am ~ 10:00pm
*Gondolas depart every 15~20 minutes.
Fare (Fuchi Shrine – Inasa Dake):
Round-trip 1,230yen (Adult), 920yen (High school students), 610yen (Children)
One-way 720yen (Adult), 510yen (High school students), 410yen (Children)
Website: Nagasaki Ropeway
#4. Neshiko Beach
Tired of touring cities? Then this is the place to go. Neshiko beach locates in Hirado Nagasaki, a country side of the Prefecture. Neshiko beach is the most beautiful beach that you can find in Nagasaki. Also, you can enjoy delicious seafood while your stay in Hirado as well.
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Address: Oishiwaki-cho, Hirado city, Nagasaki Prefecture
Access: 40 min car ride from Hirado bridge
Opening Hours: Mid July to Late August
#5. Oura Catholic Church
In many cities in Nagasaki, you will find many historical Catholic Churches. Oura Catholic church locates in Nagasaki City is one of the most famous building in the prefecture. The church was built in 1865. It is considered as the oldest church that exist in Japan.
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They will let you tour around inside the building regardless of your region status. By visiting this historical place, you can learn and feel the old days.
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Oura Catholic Church
Address: 5-3 Minamiyamatemachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
Access: Take trolley from Nagasaki train station, and take off at the oura-tenshudo shita and walk 5 min.
Fees: 600 yen (adults), 400 yen (child age over 13), 300 yen (child age under 12)
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Website: Oura Catholic Church (Japanese)
#6. Nagasaki Electric Tramway
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Once you go to Nagasaki, you will probably surprise at the numerous hills you will see. Electric Tramway is a popular transportation in Nagasaki city. Experiencing the ride is one of the fun parts of exploring Nagasaki city.
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Since they have a famous sound that sounds like “chin-chin” whenever the train start moving, local people call them “chin-chin-train”! How unique! If you ever get chance to ride them, make sure that you will hear the famous train sounds as well!
Nagasaki Electric Tramway
Fare: One-day pass 500 yen (Adults), 250 yen (child)
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Website: Nagasaki Electric Tramway
#7. Gunkanjima Island (Hashima Island)
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Gunkanjima means Battleship island in Japanese. This is an abandoned island which lay in the part of Nagasaki prefecture. Nagasaki is the prefecture which is famous for having the highest number of islands in Japan, but what is so special about this particular island? First of all, this island was on the movie 007 “Skyfall.” Pretty interesting right? But more interesting fact is its history.
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This island used to be known for profound undersea coal mine. Until 1947, over 5,000 people lived in this small island. To tour inside the island, you have to pay for the tour by ship (You can not go by you own). Also the tour could be sometimes canceled depends on the weather condition.
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Address: Hashima Island, Takashimamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
Access: 1 min walk from Ourakaigandori stop (via tram)
Fees: 4,000 yen (adult), 3,300 yen (high school & junior high school student), 2,000yen (elementary school student)
Website: Gunkanjima Island
#8. Glover Garden
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Glover Garden is another place where you can feel Nagasaki’s important history. For over 200 years, Edo Shogunate had closed its country and banned most of the contacts with other foreign countries. After Japan decided to open its border again, many enthusiastic foreign business figure came to Japan and help Japan to develop a new form of business.
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Thomas Glover was one of them. He contributed Japan’s business and left many valuable cultural properties. One of the thing he left is the house he lived in Nagasaki. Now its called “Glover Garden” and became a popular sight seeing spot for many tourist.
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Address: 8-1 MinamiYamate, Nagasaki, Nagasaki
Access: Take line 1 (Shokakuji-shita) from JR Nagasaki Station to Tsuki-machi. Transfer to line 5 (Ishi-bashi) and take the tram to either Oura Tenshudo-shita or Ishi-bashi. (approx. 15 minutes) Then walk to Glover Garden (approx. 8 minutes)
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Fees: Adults 610 yen (adult), 300 yen (high school student), 180 yen (junior high school & elementary school student)
Phone: +81 95-822-8223
Website: Glover Garden
#9. Unzen Jigoku
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Unzen is a city which is famous for its volcanic mountain. 22 years ago, there was a huge volcanic activity and many people lost their lives. This place has a sad past, however, at the same time, there are so many place to see now. From the place called Unzen Jigoku, which is nearly top of the mountain, you can see its famous extremely natural hot spring produced due to volcanic activities. Its highest temperature is said to be 98 Celsius.
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Address: 320 Obamacho Unzen, Unzen, Nagasaki Prefecture
Access: It takes 80 min bus ride from Isahaya Station to “Toritetsu bus unzen eigyosho” stop
Website: Unzen Jigoku
#10. Fukusaya Castella Original Store
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Many people in Japan think of castella when they hear the name Nagasaki. Castella is a sort of like sponge cake but bit more sweeter. In the old days when Japan was still conducting Sakoku(closing country) policy, Nagasaki was the only place where Japanese shogun allow people to have contact with few selected foreign country for business. One of the countries that was allowed to do business with Japan was Portugal. It is said to be Portuguese brought castella in Japan.
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Ever since 1624, Fukusaya has been baking castella in Traditional way. In Nagasaki city, there is a original store of Fukusaya which is there ever since castella was brought in Japan! Their building is a old Japanese traditional style. You can get to see castella’s history while you can treat yourself with sweet delicious cake.
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Adress: 3-1 Funadaikumachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
Access: 2 min walk from Shianbashi Station
Openin Hours: 8:30am – 8:00pm
#11. Suwa Shrine
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Suwa Shrine is a very historical shrine in Nagasaki. This shrine is said to be built in 1555. This shrine is also famous for being a home for annual traditional festival called Nagasaki Kunchi (Japanese:長崎くんち). Many people visit there to pray for safety and well beings. Also some families hold traditional style Japanese marriage ceremony here as well.
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If you ever have a chance to visit this shrine, you can pray for your safe trip, and also you can get a Japanese traditional lucky charm called omamori (Japanese: お守り) as well.
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Address: 18−15 Kaminishiyamamachi, Nagasdaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
Access: 3 min walk from Suwa Jinjja-mae station of tram
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Website: Suwa Shrine