Nagasaki Travel Guide

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Thousands of origami cranes forming a tribute to Peace.

Thousands of origami cranes forming a tribute to Peace.

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Nagasaki is a historic city. For a long time it was the only point of contact between "the West" and Japan. But today it is mostly known for the fact that it was bombed with an atomic bomb at the end of WWII.

Many sights in the city remind us of the explosion on 9 August 1945. A visit to the A-bomb site in Urakami, the Cathedral, The Hypocentre park and the A-bomb museum will leave most visitors shaken.

The role of Nagasaki as the main point for international contacts can be seen at different locations. Chinatown gives insight in the role of Chinese traders, the Dejima Museum, Dutch Slopes and Nagasaki Holland Village celebrate the role of the Dutch. Glover Garden is the area where businessmen established themselves in the 19th and 20th centuries. The whole Garden is a lot like a Japanese Disneyland, but there are many interesting houses from the Meiji period and the gardens are nice.

The main Japanese sights are the Fukusai-ji, Shofuku-ji, Kofuku-ji and Sofuku-ji temples as well as the row of temples between the Sofuku and Kofuku-ji. Parallel to the temple row is the Nakajimagawa stream which is covered by many bridges.

The Maruyama Area is the place to head for at night. It has been the main entertainment area of Nagasaki for centuries and still has the best nighlife. A few historic brothel buildings still stand, for example, the Kagetsu, now a hotel.

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