A breathtaking view overlooking "the port of cranes" in Nagasaki. Cherry blossoms and azaleas attract many visitors every year.
Mt. Inasa-yama, 333 meters above sea level, is in the northwestern part of the city of Nagasaki and is known as the best viewing point there. A round observation station on the top of the hill provides not only a panoramic view of the beautiful harbor, sometimes called "the port of cranes" because of its beauty, and the city extending northward, but also offers distant views of Unzen, Amakusa, or even the Goto-retto Islands on clear days. At twilight the city lights begin to blink on one after another, while the sky becomes radiant with the colors of sunset, which is a moment not to be missed. At the halfway point to the top of Mt. Inasa-yama are many Japanese-style ryokan (inns) and hotels found in favorable locations. You will surely enjoy a wonderful dining experience at the observation station or one of those cozy hotel restaurants. Don't miss what is called the "million dollars night view."
The mountain is also popular among the people of Nagasaki for its beautiful cherry blossoms and some 80,000 azalea plants. The Inasa-yama Tsutsuji-matsuri Festival (Azalea Festival) is held each spring, with events taking place at various locations, including the open-air stage in Inasa-yama Park. Also, many people participate in and enjoy watching the Kite Flying Competition, where colorful "hata," or kites, dancing in the wind attract a large number of visitors.
From Tokyo :
[Air] 1h 50 min from Haneda to Nagasaki Airport, and 1h from the airport to Nagasaki Station. 8 min from Nagasaki Station to Ropeway-mae by bus, and 10 min to the mountain summit by ropeway.
From Osaka :
[Air] 1h 10 min from Itami to Nagasaki Airport.