Nagasaki (長崎) is the capital of Nagasaki prefecture on the island of Kyushu. Under the national isolation policy of the Tokugawa shogunate, Nagasaki harbor was the only harbor to which entry of foreign ships was permitted. Even today, Nagasaki shows the influence of many cultures such as Dutch, Portuguese, and Chinese.
On 9 August 1945, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, a nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing a total of over 100,000 people. Six days later Japan surrendered, officially ending World War II.

Site of the Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan. A monument and a museum stand on the site where 20 Japanese Christians and six European missionaries were crucified in 1597. These martyrs were canonized as saints in 1862. The small and unassuming museum behind the monument contains one of the best collections of Christian artifacts and paraphernalia in East Asia, including many original letters and documents dating from the time of St. Francis Xavier. This site is also closest to Nagasaki Station; about 10 minutes on foot. Museum ¥500.

Mount Inasa (稲佐山 Inasayama), (take a bus from Nagasaki Station, or by streetcar to Takaramachi Station, or by bus or taxi to Fuchi Shrine Station). When the weather is clear, this mountaintop offers a full 360 degree view of Nagasaki City and harbor, and is a must-see site. The nighttime view of the city is called the “10 Million Dollar View” and ranked as one of the best 3 city night views in Japan. There is no entrance fee or hours, but there are limits on transportation there. Access is either by car, taxi, bus, ropeway, or a combination. The easiest is all the way up by car or taxi (for the former there’s paid parking; for the latter it’s about ¥2200 one way). Or there is a bus that goes up partway and requires a 15 minute walk up to the summit. This is the most economical and costs about ¥150 and about 15 minutes from Nagasaki Station (buses leave 1-2 times per hour). A third way is by ropeway between 9AM-10PM, and is ¥1200 yen round trip. To get to the ropeway station, walk five minutes from the Takaramachi street car stop, or take a bus or taxi to Fuchi Shrine Station and walk 2 minutes.

Atomic Bomb Museum (5 minutes by foot from tram stop Hamaguchi-machi of tram line 1 or 3 (destination 赤迫 akasako)), [5]. 8:30AM-5:30PM. A well-done commemoration of one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. At the far end of the museum tour, you will find a powerful argument against nuclear proliferation, outlined in several well-designed exhibits. Buy yourself some ice cream after you leave – you’ll need it. ¥200. …WikiTravel


8 Mar

Since the debut of the luxury Seven Stars train on Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu in 2013, sightseeing trains have drawn renewed interest among travelers. These resorts on rails offer everything from fine cuisine made with local produce to opportunities to meet people along the route. (Nikkei)

26 Feb

Japan’s Supreme Court rejected Tuesday calls by three survivors of 1945 U.S. atomic bombings to be recognized as sufferers of radiation diseases, which would cut their medical payments, ruling they do not meet the conditions for those in need of treatment.

11 Feb

Regular flights between mainland China and at least 13 regional airports in Japan will be completely suspended due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus, airport operators said Monday.

8 Feb

The coronavirus outbreak in China is wreaking havoc in the cruise industry, turning luxury Asian vacations into voyages to nowhere as the ships are denied entry at multiple ports. (Nikkei)

2 Feb

The number of people moving into Tokyo and its vicinity exceeded the number of those moving out of the area in 2019 by 148,783, up 8,915 from the previous year for the third consecutive year of increase, according to government data (Japan Today)

14 Jan

Nagasaki priest says over-tourism, vandalism and theft of amulets led to his controversial decision. (

11 Dec

Ever since the Japanese authorities announced last year that they would be opening up bidding for the country’s first casino licenses, there has been furious speculation over where will become “the Macau of Japan”. (

24 Nov

Pope Francis is in Nagasaki — a city that was devastated by an atomic bomb during the Second World War. Here is part of his message of peace, delivered from ground zero. (NHK)

23 Nov

Some 10,000 police officers are on standby as Japan gets ready for Pope Francis’s visit from Saturday. (NHK)

22 Sep

Airline companies operating in Japan have canceled more than 300 domestic flights scheduled for Sunday due to Typhoon Tapah.

29 Aug

Evacuation orders have been issued for more than 670,000 people in Saga, Fukuoka and Nagasaki prefectures in northern Kyushu. (NHK)

28 Aug

Weather officials in Japan have issued an emergency warning for heavy rain in Saga, Fukuoka and Nagasaki prefectures in northern Kyushu.

4 Aug

The southern Japanese prefecture of Kagoshima desperately wants to lose the distinction of paying the lowest minimum wage among Japan’s 47 prefectures, after falling short of its closest rival by just 1 yen (1 cent) last time. (Nikkei)

12 Jul

Japan has a new way to attract foreign tourists — overnight castle stays. (Nikkei)

12 Jul

A train in southwestern Japan sustained damage when it came into contact with a drill used in a geological boring survey that pierced through the ceiling of a railway tunnel Thursday morning, a railway construction group said.
(Japan Today)

26 Jun

Pope Francis is set to make a four-day trip to Japan this November. It will be the first papal visit to the country since John Paul II came in 1981.

14 Jun

A Japanese exchange student in the US state of Washington has sparked an online debate about a high school’s use of a mushroom cloud logo.

30 Apr

Police in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Monday arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of molesting a 23-year-old woman in a shopping arcade.
(Japan Today)

24 Apr

A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said Tuesday, as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
(Japan Today)

10 Apr

Japanese convenience store operator FamilyMart will recruit franchisees to test shorter hours as the industry grapples with a labor crunch that has made it harder to maintain the traditional round-the-clock model, Nikkei has learned.

21 Mar

Cherry trees came into bloom Wednesday in the southwestern prefecture of Nagasaki, the first blooming of the “Somei Yoshino” variety in Japan this spring, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. (Japan Today)

2 Mar

Three areas in Japan have announced that they will bid to host newly legalized casino resorts, after a law was passed to make this possible. (

26 Jan

Hashima Island in the southwestern Japan city of Nagasaki, better known as “battleship island” for its shape, will reopen to tourists on Feb. 1 after a typhoon-damaged pier and fences in a sightseeing area have been repaired, the local government said Friday.

3 Jan

An earthquake shook southwestern Japan on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami watch was lifted within an hour. (Japan Today)

4 Dec

Theme park operator Huis Ten Bosch Co. plans to accept an investment from Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group as part of efforts to attract more Chinese visitors. (Japan Times)