Nagasaki Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to do in Nagasaki, Japan

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Tourist Attractions and Best Things to do in Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki is the capital of Nagasaki prefecture and it is a stunning place to be. This city played a crucial role in foreign trade relations in Japan’s period of isolation and the city is known in recent time as one of the two cities that was destroyed by an atomic bomb. The city has gone through reconstruction afterward and it is now a tourist hotspot in Japan. Some of the top things you can do in Nagasaki are listed below.

Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki Japan - Best things to do in Nagasaki
Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki Japan – Best things to do in Nagasaki

What to do in Nagasaki? Check out these interesting activities and tourist spots in Nagasaki:

Go sightseeing at Oura Cathedral

Oura Church, Nagasaki, Japan Oura Church, Nagasaki, Japan photo by Fg2 via Wikipedia CC
Oura Church, Nagasaki, Japan Oura Church, Nagasaki, Japan photo by Fg2 via Wikipedia CC
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This is a Catholic church that was erected in Nagasaki by French missionaries and it dates back to 1886. The church is well known because it is the oldest church of its kind in Japan. The church is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will get to learn about the beauty and cultural status of Japan.

Visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Since Nagasaki is one of the places in Japan where the atomic bomb was dropped, one of the top thing to do in Nagasaki is to visit the main monuments in the city which is the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. This is the best place to learn about the dark time in the city’s history as you will find photos and items from the periods which were found after the blast. You will also get to see galleries of stories which were compiled from survivors.

Go relax at Nagasaki Peace Park

Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki Peace Park

This was another park that was constructed to honor the dead of Nagasaki bomb attacks and it is close to Nagasaki atomic bomb museum. You will love the serenity of the park and the famous statue that you will find there is the peace statue that represents a man that raised one hand to the sky and the other one pointing to the ground. There are many other notable memorials that are here which you can explore.

Go on a day tour to Hashima Island

Hashima Island
Hashima Island

This island can be found 15km from the city of Nagasaki and it is among the 500 islands that were abandoned. You will find the place quite interesting and also love the nice weather there. Some of the things to do here are to stroll along the sea and discover new places on the island. There are tourist guides available and they are going to help you with the detailed view of the area, coming to this island is one you should not miss as a tourist.

This is also known as the Battleship Island the town was once a mining community that consisted of Korean workers that lost their lives here. The town was abandoned since 1970 but you can go on a day trip here to see the ghostly relics of the former town which was once here. The best way to explore this town is to sign up for a walking tour where you will get to experience and hear about the sad history of the town.

Go sightseeing at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium

Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium

The aquarium is just around 30 minutes outside of the city center and the highlight of the aquarium is that you will get to see numerous penguins through the underwater tanks as they swim around. If you are fortunate to come here during the feeding times at weekends, you can also feed fish to the penguins and your kids will surely love this. There is also a small beach at the aquarium where you can just spend your day relaxing next to the water.

Go on a hike at Mount Inasa

View of Mount Inasa from Nagasaki Harbor photo via Wikipedia CC
View of Mount Inasa from Nagasaki Harbor photo via Wikipedia CC

This is the best thing to do if you want to get out of the city and you will be rewarded with stunning views over Nagasaki from the mountain. You can also come here during the night and the highlight of the mountain is an area called the ’10 Million Dollar View’ and this is among the spot to go if you are looking for the best nighttime view in Japan. You can either take a ropeway to the top of the mountain and if you are looking for adventure you can go on a hike to the peak of the mountain.

Go on a walking tour

Walking Tour of Nagasaki
Walking Tour of Nagasaki

This is one of the top things to do in Nagasaki as you will get to see the city from the locals’ point of view. The best time to go on walking tour is between March and June as you will get to learn about the history of the city while you also get to see the stunning cherry blossom at the same time. The walking tour is available both in English and Japanese and it is a way to see the city from another view while also doing a little exercise.

View the city from Inasayama Observation Deck

View of Nagasaki from Mt Inasa
View of Nagasaki from Mt Inasa

Viewing from the observation deck is one of the top things to do in Nagasaki and it can be found on Mount Inasayama which is up to 633m high. Although you can visit the deck during the day or night, the best time to come here is at night where you will get to see the stunning sights of the city. The highlight of the trip here is that there are also many nice Japanese food restaurants around where you can try out local cuisines. This is also the best place to take Instagram worthy pictures of the city.

Go sightseeing at the Prefectural Art Museum

Prefectural Art Museum of Nagasaki
Prefectural Art Museum of Nagasaki

This is a museum located in an environmentally friendly place and it is designed by Kuma Kengo. You will get to see art exhibits from both Nagasaki and Spanish arts with some special exhibits. This is the best place to go if you have free time to spare, you will also get to see collections of Picasso and Pablo in this museum. There is a café nearby where you can just chill out.

Visit Fountain of Peace

Fountain of Peace in Nagasaki photo by Masgatotkaca via Wikipedia CC
Fountain of Peace in Nagasaki photo by Masgatotkaca via Wikipedia CC

This is located in Nagasaki peace park and it was built to honor the people who died in search of water. This is not like any other fountain as this fountain was founded by Nagasaki citizens that hoped for eternal peace after the nuclear attacks in 1969. You will also find the engravings on the monuments quite impressive and it is just near Nagasaki station.

Have fun at Nagasaki Seaside Park

Nagasaki Port
Nagasaki Port

This park is situated near the Matsugae international terminal and Dejima Wharf, it is a serene to place to just enjoy the fresh air and just have a stunning view of the canals. There are many things that you can do here from playing to walking your dogs. You will also love the scenic views of the sea from here, another thing to do here is to just bring a coffee and just enjoy the serenity of the park.

Try out the local specialties

Eat Champon in Nagasaki photo by 663highland via Wikipedia CC
Eat Champon in Nagasaki photo by 663highland via Wikipedia CC

The city is popular for its dining culture and while you are in the city you should not miss trying out some local specialties like Champon. Champon is a local dish that comprises of noodles in a pork broth that is then topped with bacon, crunchy vegetables, and seafood. There are also many other mouth-watering delicacies that you can try out like Saraudon.

Try out the Castella

Castella Sponge Cake in Nagasaki photo by Katorisi via Wikipedia CC
Castella Sponge Cake in Nagasaki photo by Katorisi via Wikipedia CC

This is a delicious steamed sponge cake that is served in Nagasaki and this dish would be inspired by the Portuguese in the olden days. The cake is flavored with numerous ingredients like honey, chestnuts, or match which makes it a delicious sweet treat which you should not miss while in town.

Explore Koshibyo Confucius Shrine

Koshibyo Confucius Shrine photo via Wikipedia CC
Koshibyo Confucius Shrine photo via Wikipedia CC

The shrine is famous for being the only Confucian shrine that will be built outside of mainland China and it dates back to 1893. This is also the best place that you can learn about the history of the Chinese community in the city and if you are a history lover you should make sure you should not miss here.

Nagasaki is a city with diverse culture and historical landmarks that you can visit, you will be stunned by the plethora of attractions that you can choose from while in this city.

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