Nagasaki Museum of History & Culture
This large museum with attractive displays opened in 2005 to focus on Nagasaki's proud history of international exchange. The main...
This temple, surrounded by serene gardens, is not to be confused with Sōfuku-ji. It contains an arched stone gate dating from 1657. The...
This temple takes the form of a huge turtle carrying an 18m-high figure of the goddess Kannon on its back. Inside, a Foucault pendulum...
18-15 Kaminishiyama-machi · interesting places nearby
Situated on a forested hilltop and reached via multiple staircases, this enormous shrine was established in 1625. Around the grounds are statues of komainu (protective dogs), including the kappa-komainu (water-sprite dogs), which you pray to by dribbling water onto the plates on their heads. The gankake komainu (turntable dog) was often called on by prostitutes, who prayed that storms would arrive, forcing the sailors to stay at the port another day. Between 7 and 9 October each year, the shrine comes to life with the dragon dance of Kunchi Matsuri , Nagasaki's most important annual festival.