Peace Statue, Nagasaki
Glover Garden, Nagasaki
Lantern Festival, Nagasaki

About Nagasaki

Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture, on the island of Kyūshū. It began as a small fishing village, but developed as it became a commercial centre absorbing the influence of Portuguese and other European traders from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
As one of Japan’s closest port cities to the Asian mainland, the city has played a prominent role in foreign trade relations for many centuries and was the most important of only a very few ports open to restricted numbers of foreign traders during Japan’s period of isolation.

  • Glover Residence and Garden
  • Nagasaki Peace Park
  • Gunkanjima, an island off Nagasaki developed for mining – with the world’s first high-rise concrete apartment blocks – now abandoned
  • Mount Inasa for a beautiful night view
  • Shinchi, Nagasaki’s Chinatown
  • Meganebashi Bridge


The whole prefecture is rich in hot springs (onsen), some of which are renowned through the country. Hot springs can be found at 30 locations.
Among these resorts is a theme park known as “Huis Ten Bosch”, where the streets of the Netherlands have been recreated. The theme park is popular among many Japanese visitors as well as Chinese and Korean tourists.


Glover Garden is a park built for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish entrepreneur who contributed to the modernization of Japan in shipbuilding, coal mining, and many other fields. In it stands the Glover Residence, the oldest Western style house surviving in Japan and the city’s foremost tourist attraction. Located on a hillside overlooking Nagasaki harbour, it was completed in 1863 and is designated as an Important Cultural Asset. As the house and its surroundings are reminiscent of Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly (set in Nagasaki in 1904), it is also known as the “Madame Butterfly House”.
Statues of Puccini and the singer Miura Tamaki, famous for her role as Cio-Cio-san in the opera, stand in the park near the house.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo Haneda Airport to Nagasaki Airport (1h50) or from Tokyo Station via Hakata to Nagasaki Station by train (7h)
  • From Osaka Kansai International Airport to Nagasaki Airport (1h10) or from Shin-Osaka via Hakata to Nagasaki Station by train (4h30)

Nagasaki on our Google map

Our packages including Nagasaki

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