Nagasaki is Kyushu’s best-known city, made infamous on 9th August 1945 as the site of the second atomic bomb.
The understated Peace Park and museum are a likely point of interest for every visitor, but Nagasaki’s topography mercifully protected the city from being totally destroyed and today it is a vibrant, forward-looking place.
The blend of Western and Japanese architecture at the Glover Gardens and the foreign enclave of Dejima show what life was like for these original foreign visitors, and the story of Nagasaki’s secret Christians displays a darker side of Japan.
Travelling across Ariake Bay to Kumamoto brings you to one of the country’s finest castles, with its excellent museum and panoramic views. A short train ride from here into Kyushu’s wild interior is the vast and stunning spread of the world’s largest caldera, with volcanic Mount Aso smouldering in the centre.
In sharp contrast the eastern coast offers the quintessential Japanese resort of Beppu, where holiday-makers flock to visit the famous ‘hells’, multicoloured pools bubbling with volcanic gasses, wreathed in steam.
Suggested itinerary featuring Nagasaki
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Nagasaki, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Nagasaki
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Places near Nagasaki
- Kumamoto 49 miles away
- Fukuoka 66 miles away
- Aso 70 miles away
- Kyushu 74 miles away
- Kurokawa 77 miles away
- Kirishima National Park 82 miles away
- Kagoshima 89 miles away
- Yufuin 95 miles away
- Beppu 101 miles away
- Yakushima 173 miles away
- Miyajima Island 176 miles away
- Matsuyama 184 miles away
- Hiroshima 187 miles away
- Shikoku 224 miles away
- Kurashiki 250 miles away
- Iya Valley 255 miles away
- Matsue 263 miles away
- Takamatsu 265 miles away
- Naoshima 265 miles away
- Tokushima 285 miles away
Photos of Nagasaki
Accommodation choices for Nagasaki
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Nagasaki. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Located at the bottom of the 'Dutch Slopes', the Monterey Hotel offers a touch of class, with open courtyard (offering alfresco dining), and tastefully decorated rooms.