This museum is a certain destination for those visiting Nagasaki for the first time. It almost seems inconceivable that someone could have been to Nagasaki and not have visited this historic, educational and ultimately heart-breaking place. It is obviously devoted to Nagasaki's atomic holocaust, but there are displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns as well. Seeing the 900 or so artifacts will require some time, and you may certainly want to spend some considerable extra minutes in the video room or at the other video displays. Check out the website for hours of operation.
The Nagasaki Museum of History & Culture one of biggest museums in Nagasaki. The museum accords a lot of importance to the theme 'overseas exchange'. Historical artifacts, documents, arts and crafts housed in the museum reflect the city's vast history and culture. Their permanent exhibits include the display of trade exchanges between Korea, China and the Netherlands, and the modern Japan. With an astounding collection of 48,000 documents and facts, this museum is very informative and educating. The museum is closed on the third Tuesday of every month, so please check the website for timings.
You only reach this shrine after climbing up 200 stone steps; so bring some walking shoes. The patron god of the shrine is protectorate of Nagasaki Prefecture and its seas. Thousands of area residents visit it every year to pray for good luck and to seek blessings for marriage. Within the shrine are numerous statuettes of "guard" dogs, which are particularly rare. Another rarity of this shrine is that its mikuji (fortunes) have been written in English since 1914, due to the city's international composition. Beginning every October 7th, there is a three-day festival held at this shrine called Nagasaki Kunchi.
Mount Inasa-yama is easily the most famous "mountain" (actually only 333 meters tall) overlooking Nagasaki City. Indeed, the views from these heights are perhaps the most impressive—and there is certainly competition from the other ridges—and access is made easy by a number of rope-ways, bus tours and parking areas for cars. The gondola rides are quite lovely and romantic at night, and only cost a few hundred yen. A trip to Inasa-yama is considered a necessary part of every Nagasaki itinerary; once you go, it is easy to understand why.
Megami Ohashi Bridge since its inauguration in 2005 is the longest and largest cable-suspension bridge in Nagasaki. There's a pedestrian way on the sides of the vehicular, so you can go up the 65 meters (213.26 feet) high bridge and enjoy the magnificent view of the city, or catch the sunset and enjoy the cool, balmy evening. You could even go for a spin in your car and swiftly speed through the breeze over the amazing structure. The view of the bridge, when it's lit up in the evening, is absolutely breathtaking. There are charges for vehicular traffic.
Visitors to Nagasaki almost have a moral obligation to visit this famous and sacred park. With 35,000 square meters, it is fairly large, but more importantly, it is dedicated to world peace. The park's main attraction is its collection of statues and sculptures donated by countries and groups all over the world. The main statue of the park, The Peace Memorial Statue, was constructed by Nagasaki City, and is of a man, with his right arm pointing to the sky to indicate the continued threat of nuclear destruction. The left arm is extended toward the horizon for world peace. The eyelids are closed to remember those who perished in the atomic holocaust.
Nagasaki Brick Hall is a convention center and conference venue, one of the most perfect locations for corporate events. The center also doubles up as a concert venue, showcasing the best musicians from in and around the town. Besides this, the Nagasaki Brick Hall is also home to five meeting rooms and a lounge. There are guest rooms on-site for those who wish to stay overnight. The main hall also houses six booths for simultaneous language interpretation and has a total seating capacity of 2002 people. An exhibition space at this grand hall, is also on offer.
This monument, located within a few minutes of Nagasaki station, is dedicated to 26 Christians who were executed in 1597. The monument is a long wall with the sculpted figures of the martyrs (including children) mounted on it. The lights at night give it an eerie effect, but even without that, there is something a little unsettling about it until you realize what it is. Do not let the positioning of their feet escape your notice. Note that there is also a memorial museum whose admission is JPY250. You can access the monument, however, at all hours.
Most Japanese Shinto shrines are approached through torii, or large arches that act somewhat as gateways. Only half of this torii is present, as the other half was blown away by the atomic bomb blast. Interestingly, the half that is missing was the half that was facing the location of the blast, leading many to theorize that it protected the other side. The location is actually 900 meters from the hypocenter, making it possible for visitors to easily walk there from Hypocenter Park.
Hashima Island, commonly known as Gunkanjima Island, which means battleship, is a must visit place in Nagasaki, if you are touring Japan. It and has a long and interesting history. But do make sure to do study the background before you take the cruise. It will help you understand the places of interest during your trip. The island tells you the story of the time when coal was discovered on the island, coal mining and life around it, industrialization till finally how it was shut down, to be opened later as a heritage site to the public. The cruise takes you through the Kitakeii Mine, Glover Garden and other attractions along the way.