Travel Guide to Nagasaki

Nagasaki Bay View from above

Nagasaki is a port city on the northwest coast of Japan’s Kyushu Island. The city is historically significant as being the one of the few ports open to foreign trade during Japan’s period of isolation.

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Nagasaki is, unlike most Japanese cities, has Western and Chinese influences.

Nagasaki is best known internationally for the atomic bombing on August 9, 1945, and the city is home to the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum. One of the most prominent features is Sannō Shrine with its one-legged stone torii which survived the atomic bomb.

Notable festivals are the Nagasaki Lantern Festival, held during Chinese New Year, and the Nagasaki Kunchi, an autumn festival showcasing the city’s multicultural heritage.

Prefecture: Nagasaki Prefecture
Region: Kyushu Island
Climate: Humid subtropical with warm summers and mild winters
Major Festivals: Nagasaki Lantern Festival, Nagasaki Kunchi
Local Food & Drinks: Champon, Castella cake

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