Do you like Chinese food? How about exploring abandoned islands? If you’re a fan of port towns and history, Nagasaki may just be the place for you! Located in the south of Japan, on Kyushu Island, Nagasaki is one of Japan’s most interesting cities.

The centuries-old Chinese and European influences still remain as much a part of the cultural and physical landscape as ever. It’s home to Japan’s first Chinatown, a long and rich Christian community, a Portuguese and Dutch trading island called Dejima and the famous Glover Garden. These global influences have also led to the development of regional cuisines like Champon, Sara Udon, Castella cake and Turkish Rice. 

In more recent history, Nagasaki is known as the city that experienced the second atomic bomb drop during World War 2. Visitors shouldn’t leave without taking a tram out to the Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park. While in the area, it’s also worth heading up Mount Inasa for one of Japan’s top 3 night views.

Nature lovers will enjoy the stunning parks and gardens, views from hilly vantage points and many fascinating islands to explore. In short, you’ll never run out of fun things to do in Nagasaki. Click on some of our articles below to find out more. 

Your Complete Nagasaki Itinerary: Hills, History and Happy Days

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