European Influences and Timeless Reminders

Nagasaki has undergone many changes over the centuries, transforming itself from a small fishing village to a vibrant, modern city where East meets West. And where the past is ever-present.

Nagasaki first began welcoming explorers to its shores in the 16th-century, when the Portuguese started establishing trade routes with Japan. It then went on to became an important trade center for China and the Netherlands, and was also one of the few ports open to foreign traders during the Edo Period (1603-1868).

These outside influences are evident everywhere, from the narrow streets of Nagasaki’s Chinatown, to its Dutch-inspired theme park Huis Ten Bosch, to Glover Garden—an open-air museum that features the oldest Western-style wooden building in Japan. It also offers excellent views of Nagasaki, as does Mount Inasa, where you can rise 1,100 feet above Nagasaki on a cable car for wonderful vistas of the city, surrounding countryside, and nearby islands.

Of course, as the last city in the world to experience a nuclear attack, Nagasaki is synonymous with the atomic bomb. An essential part of any visit here is going to the Atomic Bomb Museum and the nearby Peace Park, where a simple, black monolith marks the epicenter of the explosion.

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Oura Cathedral

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Oura Cathedral

Built in 1864 by French missionaries, Oura Cathedral is the country’s oldest existing church and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as the Basilica of the Twenty-Six Holy Martyrs of Japan, it is dedicated to the memory of 26 Christians who were executed in 1597.

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Through multi-media presentations, survivor stories, and artifacts, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum centers on the events leading up to the dropping of the bomb on August 9, 1945, its devastating effects, the subsequent reconstruction of the city, and the continued hope for peace.

Shinchi Chinatown

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Shinchi Chinatown

Dating back to the 17th century, Shinchi is home to numerous shops, restaurants, and Sofukuji Temple. It’s also the best place to try Nagasaki’s famous, Chinese-influenced dishes, champon (noodle soup) and sara udon (noodles topped with a thick medley of meat and vegetables).

Nagasaki, Japan At a glance

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GPS: 32°45'1.03"N 129°52'39.6"E
Size: 406.40 KM2 (156.91 MI2)
Population: 444,000
Density: 1,093 Pop/KM2 (422 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +81

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