Nagasaki Travel Information

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The first area you will encounter on entering Nagasaki City is likely to be the station area, called Daikoku-machi. Although cluttered and busy, it contains dozens of shops and restaurants of interest, as well as a handful of hotels that are popular for their convenience. Within several minutes walk of the station, you will also find the 26 Christian Martyrs Memorial, in Nishizaka-machi, and Honren-ji in Chikugo-machi. This somewhat central area is the ideal place to start your tour of the city. Almost one thing, however, is certain: because of Nagasakis dramatic relief, you will be making your way among hills and inclines of often physically challenging grades.

Should you continue south, you will soon reach the Ohato tram stop. Reaching out into the bay to the west is Motofuna-machi, where, besides a few hotels with good views of the bay, you will find the Nagasaki Terminal and port area. From here, boats run tours of the bay and carry passengers to such destinations as Iojima. Pass over the Nakashima River, and you have arrived in Dejima-machi, an area of considerable world fame. Here you will find the park and museum dedicated to the former Dutch outpost of the same name.

From this point, the tram veers west toward Shinchi-machi, an area more colloquially known as China Town. The core of it obviously features excellent Chinese restaurants and a few specialty shops, but there are also some rather nice hotels around the two intersecting streets that define China Town. From Tsuki-machi, the nearest tram stop, you can then head south, toward the Glover Gardens area. If you have an extra day, you will certainly want to visit this quiet and incredibly scenic area. Besides the Gardens with its many historical buildings, you will find the Oura Cathedral and the famed Holland Slope in Higashi-yamate-machi, which requires your taking a walk, albeit an inclined one.

Trams north of Tsuki-machi arrive in one of the livelier parts of the city. The first stop is Hamanomachi, where Nagasakis most famous arcade (of the same name) is located. Follow the tram a little further east, past the Kanko-dori stop, and you have arrived in Nagasakis entertainment district, Shianbashi. The action here only begins to wind down well after midnight, if then.

From the west end of the Hamanomachi arcade, a tram line continues north and gradually begins to veer northeast. At your first tram stop, Migiwai-bashi, you may want to step down to visit the Spectacles Bridge, just a block or so to your west. Another couple of blocks beyond, you will find Temple Row. You could continue on the tram line northeast, but if you have the strength and time, the road along Temple Row runs parallel, and provides quite a scenic stroll. Either way, you will eventually arrive in Shindaiku-machi. Not far from this residential shopping district is Suwa-jinja, another frequent destination on Nagasaki itineraries. Travel due east and you will arrive back at the Nagasaki Station area, ready to explore what lies north.

Northern Nagasaki is perhaps the most frequented part of the city, due in no small part to its Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum. Even though a flood of visitors pass through Heiwa-machi everyday, there is a seemingly greater semblance of calm in this part of the city. No doubt, the educational institutions and residential districts effect this to some extent. Just west of the Peace Park also lies Urakami Cathedral, from whose name the general area and local JR station draw their own names.

Two final areas of Nagasaki deserve your attention. One is the Mt. Inasa, located to the west, across the Urakami River from the Nagasaki Station area. This peak provides arguably the best views of the city, not to mention some of the finer hotels. A few kilometers in the other direction, to the east, you have another elevation, on which the Kazagashira Park is located. If the views from this residential area are not as lofty as those on Inasa-yama, then they are certainly more intimate and peaceful. Here, it is quite possible to enjoy a stunning sunset on Nagasaki Bay in the company of your own breath alone.

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