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Nagasaki Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary


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Nagasaki Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

Nagasaki is a city with a heartbreaking past, but a modern and energized today. It is brimming with historical gems, lush parks, tranquil temples and bustling shopping and dining districts. In fact, there’s so much here that many adventurers find it tricky to decide on a Nagasaki itinerary. But fear not, with our brand-new Nagasaki Travel Guide, you’ll be taken on a visual journey throughout this amazing city. The footage from our video tells the story of a city which rebuilt after suffering the ravages of war… a city which redefined its culture… a city which values peace above all else. Let Nagasaki’s landmarks, secrets and stories inspire you as you’re guided through the city on our latest virtual tour.

Ideas of places to visit in Nagasaki

These are some of the most popular places to visit in Nagasaki. With everything from museums and memorials to parks and peaks, this destination is home to some amazing attractions. Check out the list below to learn about all the best spots in the city and start creating an inspired travel itinerary. Each attraction is listed in order of its appearance in the video, so you can refer to the footage and plan your adventure accordingly.


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Peace Park

(1:34 in the video) Start your Nagasaki journey in a public space of creativity and reflection, the Peace Park. This park, created in response to the nuclear bombing of the city in 1945, is a profound manifestation of the city’s reborn culture of peace.


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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

(1:58 in the video) If you’re planning a trip to Nagasaki, you can’t miss the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Pay your respects to those who suffered and perished in the atomic blast and learn about the impacts of nuclear warfare.


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Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

(2:14 in the video) If you’re up for more historical sightseeing, check out the Memorial Hall. A somber reminder of the tens of thousands of lives lost in the blast, the memorial hall is the perfect place to reflect, meditate and pray.


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Sanno Shrine

(2:30 in the video) Discover the city’s more ancient story at the Sanno Shrine. Crafted by the Chinese merchants who voyaged to the Nagasaki Port in the 17th century, this serene place of worship is a tranquil reprieve from Nagasaki’s confronting history.


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Nagasaki Seaside Park

(3:50 in the video) Nagasaki Seaside Park is one of the city’s most adored public spaces. It’s the perfect place to meet a few locals or simply sit back and watch cruise liners drift in and out of the port.


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Hashima Island

(4:18 in the video) A spooky tourist attraction off the coast of Nagasaki, Hashima Island (or Battleship Island) is an abandoned coal mining landmass. Deserted almost overnight and left to the harsh ocean elements, this island is a crumbling reminder of Japan’s industrial age.


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Shinchi Chinatown District

(4:54 in the video) Try some of Nagasaki’s simmering local dishes in the Shinchi Chinatown District. The surrounding area is brimming with some of the city’s best shopping and restaurants, so if you’re wondering where to stay, this would be a great choice.


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Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture

(5:26 in the video) Learn about Nagasaki’s multicultural origins and fascinating history at the Nagasaki Museum of history and culture. If you’re sightseeing around the area, you’d be crazy to miss its informative and inspiring exhibitions.


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Suwa Shrine

(5:47 in the video) Wander through the winding torii gates and among moss-covered statues at the Suwa Shrine. This is one of the most picturesque shrines in Nagasaki and host to several traditional festivals throughout the year.


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Mount Inasa-yama

(6:57 in the video) A spectacular mountain near the center of the city, Mount Inasa-yama serves up the best views in Nagasaki. Head up in the late afternoon for one of Japan’s most spectacular sunsets (check out the footage from our video if you don’t believe us).


Inspiration for traveling to Nagasaki

Eager to see more of what Nagasaki has to offer? Look no further than our online gallery of travel photos from all over the globe. Here at Expedia, we’re passionate about bringing travel-junkies the very best vacation inspiration in the form of flawless photography.

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