As you sail into lovely Nagasaki harbor, envision the surprise arrival of the off-course Portuguese ship that in 1542 began the city’s role as Japan’s primary connection with the West, during a period when the country was closed to outsiders. Reminders linger in the restored houses of European merchants, and the Oura Church with its splendid stained glass windows. An essential part of any visit is the monuments dedicated to peace, located on the site where the second atom bomb exploded in August 1945. The perfect follow on is a visit to one of the traditional Buddhist temples for a moment of quiet contemplation.
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