Visit Hashima Nagasaki JAPAN, the Model of Dead City
Nagasaki Prefecture is located in the northwestern part of Kyushu and has numerous places of historical interest filled with a multitude of cultural treasures. Asian and European culture and science poured into Japan through Nagasaki, and even now the influence of this colorful history is evident in the architecture, language, cuisine and the city’s annual events.
Nagasaki prefecture has played an important role in Japan’s history of international relations, enjoying active exchanges with China, Korea, the Netherlands and many other countries. Nagasaki harbor, in particular, was the only open window to Western Europe during Japan’s period of national isolation (1641-1858). Even now, many cruise ships from around the world still call at this port every year. Nagasaki Prefecture is also blessed with a rich natural environment ranging from cool pine forests to subtropical beaches. Flowers bloom year round and the sparkling ocean and mountains offers various opportunities for sports and recreation.
All this should deeply impress anyone who visits Nagasaki.
Take a tour boat from Nagasaki Port and enjoy a sea-side view of Nagasaki City with a variety of international flavors and blue ocean for 50 minutes and arrive at Hashima. Come see Japan’s oldest 7-story reinforced concrete apartment buildings that housed Hashima’s miners, the General Office Buildings with a large communal bath, a relic of the Hashima Shrine that survived numerous Typhoon attacks, and more!
The Former Residence of Thomas Blake Glover and other British businessmen's houses are located in this beautiful garden overlooking scenic Nagasaki Harbor. Glover was contributed to the modernization of Japan through trading, shipbuilding, and coal mining. Also, he was involved with Mitsubishi, Kirin Beer Co. Ltd, and the revolutionary Samurais of the Meiji Restoration. There are statues of Puccini and the prima donna, Tamaki Miura, who became world famous thanks to her role as Madame Butterfly.
3.Nagasaki Seaside Park
This park is located in between the Nagasaki International Cruise Ship Terminal and a street of restaurants called Dejima Wharf. This 6.5 hectares park has a canal running through it and you can relax and enjoy the ocean breeze and natural greenery. Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, designed by Kengo Kuma, is located nearby.
4.Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
At 11:02 a.m. August 9th, 1945, the world’s second atomic bomb exploded at the hypocenter located nearby this museum. Numerous photographs, relics of the devastation, and the history of nuclear arms are exhibited in this museum. This museum, together with Peace Park, Urakami Cathedral and other locations around this area, tell of Nagasaki’s desire for world peace.
The night view from Mt. Inasa observatory has been selected as one of the three best night views in the world at the Night View Convention Summit in Japan alongside Hong Kong and Monaco. Enjoy a 360-degree spectacular view of the lights from the houses that cover the hills and stars in the clear night sky. During the day, the picturesque scenery and natural beauty of Nagasaki's mountains and coastline are all here- including the international cruising boats entering the Port of Nagasaki, the historical settlements of foreign residents, and the rows of buildings in each district.
For more than 200 years during Japan’s period of national isolation, this unique place was the only open window for foreign trade. During the 19th century the island consisted of 49 buildings. At present about ten buildings including the Chief Factor’s Residence have been completed and opened to the public. Learn the history of the island that is an essential part of Nagasaki's culture.
This location is one of the best onsen resort and one of Japan’s oldest resorts catering to foreigners. The Unzen Volcanic area has been designated as the first UNSECO's World Geo Park in Japan. The volcano activity of this area was featured in the Japanese-French co-sponsored documentary film, "Volcano Devils." Take a look at the volcano activity of this area by taking a stroll around Jikoku and the Mount Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall. It is also a perfect location to enjoy each of the four seasons.
The series 208 islands of varying sizes 25km north of Sasebo Port are called Kujuku Islands. The ocean scene from the Ishidake Observatory on these islands was used as the landscape symbolizing Japan in the opening scene of the Hollywood movie, the Last Samurai. Saikai Pearl Sea Resort is the base of your adventure to the Kujuku Islands; take the Tour Cruiser Pearl Queen, enjoy kayaking or yacht sailing. Aquarium Umikirara is also located in this resort.
Hirado City has unforgettably beautiful scenery and a long history of interaction with foreign countries including Netherland and British.
Next year this city will commemorate 400 years of Japan-British exchange. The first Englishman in Japan, William Adams, lived in this city. He is also known as the first foreign Samurai, Miura Anjin and as a model of the main character of John Blackthorne in James Clavell’s best-selling novel Shōgun. Visit Hirado Castle, see relics of the hidden Christians, take a look at the Dutch Trading House, and more!
More movies upcoming including famous Hollywood movies.