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Nagasaki 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 Christian 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.

Nagasaki, which literally means long peninsula, 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 harbor 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.

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.

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  • 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 Nagasaki is in Nagasaki.

  • 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 1717. Today the Diamaru Department Store chain is part of the Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores group, with many of the Diamaru Stores in the read more

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    Glover Garden

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

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    Kofukuji Temple

    Kofukuji Temple – Tomeizan Kofukuji 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.

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    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.

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    Mount Inasa Lookout

    Mount Inasa lookout provides a 360 degree view of Nagasaki city and the surrounding region. At the summit (333m) there is a circular glass observation building. When seen at night it is referred to as “Nagasaki’s 10 Million Dollar Night View” (1000万ドルの夜景, Issenmandoru no yakei). Mount Inasa lookout can be accessed either by road or read more

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    Easy-to-Wear Kimono Rental by the Megane Bridge

    Only a short walk away from the historical and picturesque Megane Bridge, also known as the Meganebashi or Spectacle Bridge, you are able to rent an easy-to-wear Kimono to make your visit more memorable. These Kimono are worn over your own clothes so the rental process is quick and easy. This service offers Japanese traditional read more