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Nagasaki is a city located on the south-western coast of Kyushu Island, Japan. Nagasaki, which literally means long peninsula, is famous for being the second city to have an atomic bomb dropped on it, however much of Nagasaki's earlier history and influence can still be seen. Nagasaki was one of the few cities in Japan that was allowed to have trade with the outside world during the middle ages. In 1543 contact was made with European explorers and Nagasaki developed into a significant trading port for the Portuguese. Today you can see the influence of the Portuguese and some other European traders with the significant Christan churches and the European style house and garden at Glover Garden. Nagasaki has also had significant influence from the Chinese and this can be seen in the design of Kofukuji Temple.

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Nagasaki from MT Inasa Lookout

Nagasaki at night from MT Inasa Lookout

The layout of Nagasaki city has been shaped by its location and geography. Nagasaki is built on both sides of a narrow bay, which features a narrow flood plain on each side and then hills and mountains beyond that. Nagasaki's early stages of settlement were only on the flood plain, but as the city grew it spread up the less steep hills. Today the main industrial, commercial and residential areas of Nagasaki consume the whole of the flood plain. The narrow bay which is the focus of Nagasaki, is the best natural harbour on the island of Kyushu and would have been the key reason for the section of the site as the early trading post for the Europeans.

Megane Bridge Nagasaki

Megane Bridge Nagasaki

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PREFECTURE CAPITAL

Nagasaki

Nagasaki
Nagasaki is the largest city and capital of the island of Kyushu. Nagasaki is famous for having an atomic bomb dropped on it, but it also has long and diverse history, much of which survived...

LANDMARKS

Nagasaki Ground Zero

Nagasaki Ground Zero
Nagasaki Ground Zero is location directly below the explosion of the atomic bomb that devastated Nagasaki at 11:02am on 9 August 1945....

Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall

Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall
The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, like its counterpart in Hiroshima, the hall was constructed as a place to remember and pray for those killed by the 194...

Nyoko-do Hermitage
Nyoko-do Hermitage is the former residence of Dr Takashi Nagai, the famous radiologist from Nagasaki, who lobbied for better treatment for the many people that were affected by the radiation...

Oura Church

Oura Church
Oura Church is the only western-style building declared a national treasure, and is said to be the oldest church in Nagasaki. Oura Church is also known as the Church of the 26 Japanese Marty...

TEMPLES

Kofukuji Temple

Kofukuji Temple
Kofukuji Temple - Tomeizan Kofuku-ji is Japan's oldest and first Chinese temple of the Obaku sect. Kofukuji Temple reflects Nagasaki's history as a gateway for foreigners to Japan....

SHRINES

Sanno Shrine
Sanno Shrine in Nagasaki is famous for its one legged torii, which was created when the other leg was blown off during the nuclear blast. Sanno Shrine is only 900m from the atomic bombs hypo...

MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum commemorates the explosion of the atomic bomb that devastated Nagasaki at 11:02am on 9 August 1945....

Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument

Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument
Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument, also known as the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan, is the museum and monument to the twenty six Christians who were crucified in 1597 in Nagasaki for prac...

GARDENS and PARKS

Glover Garden

Glover Garden
Glover Garden - Nagasaki's top tourist attraction features Japan's oldest Western style house. Glover Garden also features views of Nagasaki Port....

Nagasaki Peace Park

Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki Peace Park is a park in Nagasaki, Japan commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II....

MOUNTAINS

MT Inasa Lookout

MT Inasa Lookout
MT Inasa provides Nagasaki's 10 Million Dollar Night View. MT Inasa has a cable car to the summit....

BRIDGES

Megane Bridge

Megane Bridge
Megane Bridge is the oldest stone arch bridge in Japan. Megane Bridge known as Meganebashi or Spectacles Bridge, was built in Nagasaki in 1634 by the Chinese monk Mozi of Kofukuji Temple....

TRAIN STATIONS

Nagasaki Station

Nagasaki Station
Nagasaki Station is the terminal station for the Nagasaki Main Line in Nagasaki from Hakata Station Fukuoka. Nagasaki Station connects to the Nagasaki tram network....

SHOPPING

Daiei Department Store Nagasaki
Daiei Department Store Nagasaki is one of the Daiei stores, a chain of department stores and supermarkets based in Kobe, but with over 3,000 stores all over Japan. Daiei Department Store Nag...

Daimaru Department Store Nagasaki
Daimaru Department Store Nagasaki is one of the Daimaru Department stores found throughout Japan. Daimaru has a history going all the way back to Dia-Monjiya Store in Kyoto which opened in 1...


NAGASAKI FOOD

Nagasaki's most famous dish is Chanpon which is a dish of noodles with vegetable and seafood. Also "Saraudon" is popular food too. "Saraudon" is as well as "Chanpon".Castella is a sponge cake that was originally brought by the Portuguese.

Author: Craig Fryer

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