Nagasaki, an important historical city in World War II that once destroyed by an atomic bomb, causing 100,000 deaths in the past event. Traveling to Nagasaki, there will be sorrowful mixed with impression upon the attractive city as the place will be introduced to you to learn how Japan suffered a great loss. Well, for this Nagasaki trip, I’ll make a one-day round trip, starting from Fukuoka. Curious about where do we go? Then, come along!
Overview of Northern Kyushu Island Trip Plan
For this Kyushu trip, I traveled for 8 days with the main cities and locations which were Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Yufuin, Kumamoto, and two other places in Kumamoto prefecture; Takachiho and Mount Aso that I will write the separate reviews because it was a superb full day trip. 😚
Read an overview of all Northern Kyushu trips here
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Travel in Nagasaki with 1-Day Tram Pass
There are 2 ways to commute to downtown, Nagasaki, which are: Buses and Trams. In this trip review, I used tram for all destinations. Now, when you board the tram, they will charge 120 yen per trip throughout the route.
If you think you’ll get on more than 4 tram trips, it’s recommended buying a 1-day Tram Pass for 500 yen to save up your budget. You can acquire at the Tourist Information Center, Nagasaki Station. // Just buy it, hahaha. The usage is really easy, you just show the pass when you get off the tram. That’s it, nothing complicated!
There are approximately 5 tram lines in Nagasaki. To see which line you should get on, you have to observe the color and the number on the tram destination indicator. When you are on the tram, let’s open the map link given below, then check what number of your arrival station, re-check again with the number showing on the tram screen so you will know where you are at. When approaching the destination stop, you should press the buzzer button to notify the staff. Well, it’s not too difficult, isn’t it? ⎡View the Nagasaki City Tram map here⎦
Nagasaki Peace Park
The first place we’re going to explore is Nagasaki Peace Park. First, take the tram line 1 (blue) or line 3 (red) to arrive at Matsuyamamachi Stop. From there, you’ll see a colorful decorative flower stairway. That’s the place! Cross the road to our destination.
When you reach the top, you’ll see the Fountain of Peace, the water falling pattern was exhibited as dove wings symbolizing ‘peace’. It is known that during the Nagasaki atomic bombing period, aside from people who were killed in that incident, another reason many victims died down because of a water shortage. There was no water to consume.
The greatest of this garden is the peace statue displaying a strong build muscular figure who ready to protect the peace, his right-hand points to the threat of nuclear weapons while the extended left hand represents eternal peace. His eyes are closed and pray to prevent the nuclear explosion, to not let that kind of tragic situation occur again.
The peace park here is simple and clam but when I was standing there, there was the melancholic atmosphere of World War II. Visitors solemnly stood still, gazed at the statue, then walked away. All right, let’s change the mood for a bit! Finish from that section, we’ll continue walking to the garden back where has a viewpoint you can distantly see Urakami Cathedral, one of the landmarks during World War II.
Walking down from Nagasaki Peace Park and making way to Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. On the way, you’ll find an open space which said to be the center of bombing, there is also the spot of memorials altar to commemorate the event.
At 11.02 am on August 9, 1945, ‘Fatman’, the nickname of the US military plutonium-239 atomic bomb exploded 500 meters above this spot. About 1/3 of Nagasaki City was crashed, 74,000 people injured, and 75,000 people killed.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Take a short walk from the center of the bombing area to visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. // This day of the trip review is all about historic war, whoever takes an interest in this. You must come to explore it! It’s not only worth your time but the entrance fee is very cheap. The adult ticket costs only 200 yen.
The museum covers the history of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. There are about 4 rooms that portray scenes with photographs, motion pictures depicting daily life when the atomic bomb was dropped, the devastation, the sequence afterward. There is also a movie screening room, and the exhibition room displays belongings left from the explosion. It could be said that if you come to this museum, you’ll definitely gain the knowledge back, and most importantly, all of the content media is in English because many foreigners come to visit, so you’ll get a deeper understanding.
Dodge from the tragic history by changing the travel spot to lighten up your trip atmosphere. Next is to visit the Hidden Gem viewpoint to perceive the entire Nagasaki city, many of travel guide review bloggers aren’t introduced or have never heard about this place, which is the viewpoint on Mt. Nabekanmuri near the Glover Garden, a popular tourist attraction that was inhabited by Western merchants in the olden days. It was started with Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant traveling to Nagasaki and settling down here. The highlight is to stroll and sightseeing European architecture and gardens. Personally, I passed it because I’m not quite into this.
The easiest way to get to the Mt. Nabekanmuri viewpoint is to take the Glover Skyroad (Ishibashi Station) where you can take the elevator to the mountain, then follow the sign to the viewpoint. But I didn’t know this at first so I got off at O-Uratenshudoshita tram stop and followed the Google Map route. 😂
Although there are directional signs, somehow the walkway is a bit confusing because it passes through the hillside village where the passage is labyrinthine. I suggest to search up Mt. Nabekanmuri on Google Maps and follow route recommendation. At least it is a guideline to reach your destination. Walking until seeing the large bridge as shown in the picture below, I’m happy to congrats you that you’re on the right way LOL. // Those who follow the Google Map may be a little hard to understand. One of the reasons, I think the route is unfinished or isn’t properly uploaded, so there is no distinct way.
From the top spot, you’ll see a wide-spectacular sight. It’s almost unbelievable that many tourists are unnoticed about this place. But, well, most Japanese know it. The view here is very impressive. You can look at the 360 degrees all around, and if you observe closely, you’ll see the large harbor on the opposite side, which is considered one of the important historical areas of the Mitsubishi brand. Moreover, you can also see the Megamio Bridge, the 7th longest bridge in the world which connects the west and south Nagasaki.
Looking farther out towards Nagasaki Bay, if the sky is clear, you will be able to see the abandoned Hashima Island (Gunkanjima -Hashima-), the island, once used to involve in the Mitsubishi coal industrial. As for now, you can also visit the island but prohibit traveling on your own, you have to make a tour reservation.
Staring at the view until fully satisfied, then I aimlessly walked down and found the Glover Skyroad by chance. Glover Skyroad is an elevator down the hill to Ishibashi station. As I mentioned earlier, I had no idea about this till the returning trip, I came to realize this might be the easiest way to get to the viewpoint! 😌
Descend from Mt. Nabekanmuri, I’ll take you to another popular viewpoint which is Mount Inasa, a well-known night sight where Japan ranks it as 1 of the top 3 most beautiful throughout the country. // the other 2 are Mount Hakodate in Hakodate, Hokkaido (I’d been there but It was raining and misty, I couldn’t catch a glimpse of the landscape. Boo-hoo!). The other one is Mount Rokko, Kobe (I’ve never been there yet).
To climb Mt. Inasa; ropeway can be taken to reach the mountain summit. The round-trip price is 1,230 yen. The ropeway’s lower station can be reached by buses, if you come from Nagasaki bus stop, take Line 3 or 4. If you depart from Glover Garden, find the stop around there and take Line 4. Then get off at Ropeway (ロープウェイ前) stop, please use the Google Map, there is no sign written in English.
In fact, I didn’t put much effort into the access research, I thought, I had a tram pass, so trams were the only option I preferred (OFC, I’m stingy). That was why, after getting off Mt. Nabekanmuri, I took the tram to the terminal Ishibashi stop, then dropped off at Takaramachi tram stop, walked further about 1 km. By the time I got there, it was kinda exhausted LOL. // But on the way, I promise you’ll see a beautiful view of Nagasaki city.
Once I reached the ropeway depot, I was getting worn out. Luckily, there weren’t many people queuing up. I just bought tickets, waited for a moment, then got into the cable car. The ropeway ride takes about 4 mins. If you have luck as I was the front one in the line, after entering the cable car, it’s advisable to stand at the back so you can see the Nagasaki city view, to make your ticket worthy to the fullest LOL.
The appropriate time to view famous Nagasaki city sight on Mt. Inasa is during sunset until night!
When reaching the mountaintop, walk a little further. You’ll find a cylindrical building that serves as the viewpoint spot. You can get in for free. The walkway in the building is a circle in a circle, the top floor is an open space you can look out the 360-degree of Nagasaki. As expected, the view was truly amazing. OMG ❤
If you come with your lover, the place is quite romantic. Holding hand while looking at the chilly-night scenery. Oh, how dreamy!
Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown
Travel during the Chinese New Year or mid-February until early March, the Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown is the main venue for the yearly Nagasaki Lantern Festival. Almost the entire Nagasaki city is decorated with about 18,000 sparkling lights and red lanterns. When the night falls, people will flock to Chinatown to take pictures and watch light-up illumination.
The open ground in front of Chinatown has settled the embellishment Chinese Zodiac light-up installation.
Turn right, you’ll find an alley with bursting light decorations and full of shops selling foods, snacks, and souvenirs. But with the crowds, I only sneaked and took a peek at the lantern before running out within a minute. Despise catching a glimpse of it, I can tell it looked beautiful. Those who come during the Chinese New Year, don’t sleep on this special light-up!
Watching the Chinese New Year light is an extraordinary way to end the Nagasaki day trip. Actually, there are still many tourist spots to sightsee but with the time limit, I could archive only these. 😭
Recommended accommodation in Nagasaki
As I mentioned, I came to Nagasaki with a 1-day trip plan starting from Fukuoka. So, I didn’t spend a night over there. But as I was writing this Nagasaki review from my real travel experience, plus, I did the accommodation and hotel research, I know a good-convenient area, and would love to share the 3 hotels which I think it serves you the best. If I repeat visiting Nagasaki, I will probably choose one of these 3 selected hotels as well. Let’s check the info below.
JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki
There is nothing much to say about the JR brand hotel, it’s always in an excellent location. Just like this one which is sited next to the JR Nagasai Station. You don’t have to worry about dragging your suitcase up and down the tram. When you get off the train, you can directly go up the escalator to check-in on the hotel’s second floor. Besides, there’s a mall nearby. Wow! You’ll be surrounded by foods, shopping places, and browsing around. Sound fun, isn’t it? 😀
Hotel rooms are also worth the price. But breakfast is not BBF so I have to deduct a few points. The Royal Host restaurant at the front lobby is in charge of the daily breakfast, it’s served as a meal set for guest to select.
Hotel Forza Nagasaki
Hotel Forza Nagasaki is another city top-list hotel. With the newly furnished room, the room size is therefore slightly wider than the Japanese standard hotel. All of the rooms here are 100% non-smoking rooms. Plus, each room is provided an iPad for internet access and the hotel information to check on the various services.
The location is convenient because it’s right next to the Kankodori tram stop at the center downtown. You can easily walk to Chinatown. The hotel lobby is on the 4th floor. The floor below is a Shopping Arcade where there are restaurants and shops. Don’t worry, you definitely survive with these comfortable surroundings.
!! I must mention that the hotel isn’t next to the JR Station, but it’s next to the tram stop. If you bring a large suitcase, it’s certainly an obstacle. In this case, I recommend you to book the JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki better. But if you’re a backpacker. It’s no probs, in fact, the place is considered as a good choice.
First Cabin Nagasaki
If you come to Nagasaki alone, there is the top-class hostel at an affordable price which is called First Cabin Nagasaki, the hostel room concept is like an airplane cabin. The room types are first class and business class that is divided into a small size room providing a bed for one person to maintain the privacy of each room. There is a personal TV in a room too. I personally like this kind of hostel very much.
First Cabin Nagasaki is located in the downtown area near Chinatown, just 85 m. away from the Kankodori tram stop. It’s very close. If you’re a backpacker who travels on your own. It’s recommended to sleep in. But if you bring a heavy-large suitcase along, reconsider it because you have to go up and down the tram which is quite difficult.
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