West of the harbour, the Nagasaki Ropeway cable car ascends every 15 to 20 minutes to the top of 333m-high Inasa-yama, offering superb views over Nagasaki; it's been ranked as one of the world's top three nighttime views, alongside Hong Kong and Monaco. A tower at the top offers even more panoramic views. Elsewhere on the mountain is Onsen Fukunoyu.

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Nearby Nagasaki attractions

1. Fuchi-jinja

0.15 MILES

You must pass through this Shinto shrine at Inasa-yama to get to the cable car.

2. Nagasaki Ropeway

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West of the harbour, this cable car ascends every 15 to 20 minutes to the top of 333m-high Inasa-yama. The view from the mountaintop has been ranked one…

3. 26 Martyrs Memorial

0.87 MILES

This memorial wall has reliefs of the 26 Christians – six Spanish friars and 20 Japanese – crucified in 1597 during a harsh crackdown. The youngest killed…

4. 26 Martyrs Museum

0.87 MILES

Just next door to the memorial wall that honours the memory of 26 Christians murdered here in the 16th century, this museum houses Christianity-related…

5. One-Pillar Torii

0.94 MILES

The atomic blast knocked down half of the stone entrance arch to Sanno-jinja shrine, 800m southeast of the hypocentre, but the other pillar remains, a…

6. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

1.12 MILES

On 9 August 1945, the world's second nuclear weapon detonated over Nagasaki, and this sombre place recounts the city's destruction and loss of life…

7. Shiroyama Elementary School

1.12 MILES

This was the closest school to the nuclear blast, up a hill a mere 500m away, and 1400 children perished here. Nowadays, it's hard not to be moved by the…