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…
Monument in Nagasaki

26 Martyrs Memorial

This is a memorial wall with reliefs of the 26 Christians crucified in 1597, commemorating a harsh crackdown when six Spanish friars and 20 Japanese were killed. The youngest killed were boys aged 12 and 13. Behind …
Museum in Nagasaki

26 Martyrs Museum

Just next door to the memorial wall, which commemorates the murder of the 26 Christians who died here in the 16th century, this museum houses Christianity-related displays. The memorial is five minutes' walk from JR…
Park in Nagasaki

Atomic Bomb Hypocentre Park

The park has a smooth, black stone column marking the point above which the bomb exploded. Nearby are bomb-blasted relics, including a section of the wall of the Urakami Cathedral.
Museum in Nagasaki

Dejima Museum

The small museum, a cluster of small buildings, has exhibits on the Dutch and other foreign contact with Nagasaki, and free walking-tour maps of the entire site. Although the island was submerged during 19th-century…