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Top Choice Kaiseki in Nagasaki

Shippoku Hamakatsu

Come here if you would like to experience shippoku ryōri and still afford your airfare home. Course menus are filling and varied (the Otakusa Shippoku is served on a dramatic round tray). In addition, there is a cho…
Top Choice Park in Nagasaki

Peace Park

North of the hypocentre, the Peace Park is presided over by the 10-tonne bronze Nagasaki Peace Statue, designed in 1955 by Kitamura Seibo. It also includes the dove-shaped Fountain of Peace (1969) and the Peace Symb…
Top Choice Museum in Nagasaki

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

An essential Nagasaki experience, this sombre place recounts the city's destruction and loss of life through photos and artefacts, including mangled rocks, trees, furniture, pottery and clothing, a clock stopped at …
Top Choice Museum in Nagasaki

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 gallery is a fabulous reconstruction of a section of the Edo-period Nagasaki Magistr…
Top Choice Memorial in Nagasaki

Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

Adjacent to the Atomic Bomb Museum and completed in 2003, this minimalist memorial by Kuryū Akira is a profoundly moving place. It is best approached by quietly reading the carved inscriptions and walking around the…
Top Choice Historic Site in Nagasaki


In 1641, the Tokugawa shogunate banished all foreigners from Japan, with one exception: Dejima, a fan-shaped, artificial island 560m in circumference (15,000 sq m) in Nagasaki harbour. From then until the 1850s, thi…
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Nagasaki


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-sprit…
Top Choice Street in Hirado

Ji-in to Kyōkai no Mieru Michi

Rising up a steep hill from town is this street, one of the most photogenic vantage points in all of Kyūshū. The Buddhist temples and large Christian church are testimony to the island's history.
Top Choice Historic Building in Hirado

Oranda Shōkan

Across from the waterfront, this was the trading house of the Dutch East India Company. Shōgunal authorities took the Gregorian date on the front of the building (1639) as proof of forbidden Christianity, ordered it…
Top Choice Japanese in Nagasaki

Organic Restaurant Tia

Mouth-watering homestyle Japanese cooking made with local, organic products. What's not to love? The breakfast buffet is fantastic. Below the Victoria Inn.