Five peninsulas, 971 islands and many exotic streets. A diverse, exciting and pulsating area of varied cultural and topographical differences.
Nagasaki Prefecture lies in the northwestern part of Kyushu, the third-largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands, and consists of five peninsulas and numerous islands. With the sea in between, it stands face-to-face with a continent, part of which is China, and the Korean Peninsula. It has therefore long been an important transportation point facing the continent of Asia. Ports for trade with Portugal and Holland were also established there in the 16th century. In addition, since it was once the center of Christian propagation, there are many exotic historical ruins and buildings that still remain within the prefecture.
Almost half of the total land area of the prefecture consists of 971 inhabited and uninhabited islands. The prefecture has many scenic spots, such as the Kujuku-shima Islands, a part of Saikai National Park, and Fugen-dake, the principal peak of the volcano Unzen-dake, which is situated right in the center of the Shimabara-hanto Peninsula. Huis Ten Bosch, a residential-style resort modeled after a mediaeval 17th century Dutch town, is also known as a popular tourist spot.
Nagasaki City, which is the heart of the Nagasaki-hanto Peninsula, is a port city that developed all the way up along the steep slope of a mountain, while it also stretched out horizontally, hugging Nagasaki Bay. The line of visitors attracted to its many tourist spots never ends. Such spots include Peace Park which tells of the facts and memories of the horrible damage that was inflicted by the atomic bomb and continues to appeal to the world with its wish for peace, and the nation's oldest wooden Christian church, O-ura Tenshu-do, which even today exudes an exotic atmosphere.
[Air] 1h 50 min from Haneda to Nagasaki Airport.
[Rail] 7h from Tokyo via Hakata (JR Shinkansen Line) to Nagasaki Station by JR Line (limited express).
[Air] 1h 10 min from Kansai International Airport to Nagasaki Airport.
[Rail] 4h 25 min from Shin-Osaka via Hakata (JR Shinkansen Line) to Nagasaki Station by JR Line (limited express).
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