Nagasaki Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
(Nagasaki, Kyushu, Japan)
Nagasaki is home to a number of tourist attractions that are ideal for families, history buffs and general sightseers. You will find a range of sights to suit all tastes all around the city, with the most popular tourist attractions in Nagasaki including a poignant memorial to those who died in the atomic bomb explosion, cable car rides, and also a state-of-the-art shopping and entertainment centre.
Other highlights include a particularly stunning cathedral and a site boasting many appealing 19th century houses. You can be certain that when visiting Nagasaki's top tourist attractions, you will be both educated and entertained in one trip.
Address: 8-1 Minami-yamate-machi, Nagasaki, 850 0931, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 095 822 8223
In the 19th century, Nagasaki emerged as one of the few international trading ports in Japan. Foreign traders flocked the city and a number of western-style houses were built on a hill overlooking Nagasaki and the harbour. Today, the same hill has been developed into Glover Garden, which boasts nine of these original homes. The most famous of these attractions is without doubt Glover Mansion, the most historic western-style house in the whole country. It was built in the mid-19th century and is particularly attractive, while other attractions and buildings of interest include a former boys' academy, the Mitsubishi Dock House and the Nagasaki Traditional Performing Arts Museum. The views from the top of the hill are amongst the best in the city and worth the climb.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 18:00
Address: Western side of the Harbour, Nagasaki, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 095 861 6321
Regular cable car rides operate throughout the day at 20 minute intervals and ascend to the very top of the Inasa-Yama mountain, which stands at more than 300 metres / 985 feet in height. The main attractions include the stunning views across Nagasaki, both in the cable car and at the lookout itself. A trip to the Inasa-Yama Lookout is a great way to start your holiday and always extremely memorable.
Open hours: daily, March to November - 09:00 to 22:00; December to February - 09:00 to 21:00
Address: 1-79, Motoh-machi, Nagasaki, 852 8112, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 095 826 9407
This cathedral was built in 1959 and is an authentic reconstruction of the original 1914 building. The first cathedral was destroyed when the atomic bomb exploded, the remains of which can now be seen at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Nagasaki's Urakami Cathedral is home to a particularly emotive statue of a blackened-faced angel looking towards the sky.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 - 17:00
Admission: no charge
Address: 13-1 Kawaguchi-machi, Nagasaki, 42 852 8108, Japan
Tel: +81 095 843 9191
On first sight, many people do not notice this building, as it blend into the surroundings. However, the Nagasaki Seiyoh-kan is in fact a three-storey shopping centre and often known locally as the 'Western Building'. The complex boasts a number of boutiques, eateries, amusement centres, an event hall and a gallery. It is a great way to spend a day, with enough entertainment for the entire family.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 00:00; closed the third Tuesday of every month
Admission: no charge
Huis Ten Bosch
Address: Hausutenbosu-machi, Nagasaki, 859-3243, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 095 627 0001
Sited on the north-eastern side of Nagasaki and home to a host of family orientated attractions, the Huis Ten Bosch is a major amusement park and features fast rides, a miniature village area and landscaped gardens. The Huis Ten Bosch park also offers a range of live entertainment, boat trips on the lake, and a variety of eateries, which provide basic refreshments and a place to sit and relax after all the fun.
Open hours: daily, March to November - 09:00 to 21:00; December to February - 09:00 to 20:00
Nomozaki Marine Land
Address: 1884-7 Wakimisaki, Nagasaki, 851-0506, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 095 893 0398
Known for its huge array of underwater attractions and marine creatures, the Nomozaki Marine Land is particularly famous for its enormous collection of shellfish, which includes a number of giant specimens. The centre is within easy reach of central Nagasaki and lies along a major bus route.
Open hours: daily, April to September - 09:00 to 17:00, October to March - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: no charge