Top 10 Things to do Good for Big Groups in Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu-Okinawa

September 20, 2021 Sachiko Swiger

Nagasaki Prefecture (長崎県, Nagasaki-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Nagasaki.

1. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

7-8 Hirano-machi, Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture +81 95-844-1231 http://nagasakipeace.jp/japanese/abm.html
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4.5 based on 1,992 reviews

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Jarring, horrific reminders of the devastation caused by the August 9, 1945 bombing of Nagasaki fill this historic and educational museum, which traces events preceding the bombing, the resulting destruction and the city’s restoration.

Reviewed By Rumples - Tucson, United States

A friend and I visited this moving museum on a weekday morning in early October. We had come to see how Nagasaki portrayed the effects of the Aug. 9, 1945, atomic bomb drop on the city. The curators have chosen to tell a story, presenting Nagasaki before the bomb fell; immediately after the explosion; and today. They weave explanations of historical details within the story and show what happened through photos, videos, artifacts and much more. The conclusion focuses on the need for peace and the end of nuclear weapons, made abundantly clear by the bomb's destruction of the city and the killing of at least 74,000 people. Those, who survived, would often have to endure physical ailments from the radiation and psychological trauma. As soon as I entered the exhibition hall, I felt uneasy, looking at a giant black-and- white photo of Nagasaki as it appeared before the bomb fell. That's because I knew what would be ahead for the thriving city. A recovered wall clock frozen at 11:02 a.m. soon appeared, marking the exact time that the horrors began. Displays feature English descriptions and include photos of the atomic wasteland that Nagasaki became, along with stories of that fateful day from survivors, including heroic rescue work. Artifacts damaged from the flash of heat range from a 14-year-old girl's lunch box with rice charred from the fire to six green glass bottles melted at the top and stuck together, which were found in a store's ruins. A helmet with the remains of a skull inside is one of the more grisly items. I found information on the bomb itself to be especially interesting. A life-size model of the one used on Nagasaki is displayed and called "Fat Man," because of its appearance. A video shows the military loading Fat Man and transporting it to the plane for the mission. There is also a photo taken from the plane that shows the mushroom cloud rising into the sky after the blast. We went through the relatively small museum in about 1 hour. It cost 200 Y (about $1.89 U.S.) to enter. A corridor leads from the museum to the adjacent Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. There is no fee to enter the Memorial Hall. Both are located near ground zero for the blast and the Nagasaki Peace Park. To reach the museum, we took the blue line to the Matsuyamamachi tram stop and then walked for about 4 minutes.

2. Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

7-8 Hirano-machi, Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture +81 11-81-958-14-0055 http://www.peace-nagasaki.go.jp
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4.5 based on 269 reviews

Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

Reviewed By Karenyong - Singapore, Singapore

This place is very serene, got lost a little in the underground while walking but every different corner presents the way how nagasaki has went thur after the bombing occurred. They shown it in different forms of 3D videos, pictures, portraits, artefacts, computer images and also paper cranes made by school kids to ensure World Peace. Was not expected to spend so much time here but when you walk thur all this and reading them, almost took me up an hour+. And yes, i agree that this place does more than what you feel like its a memorial hall for the victims. I felt more peace after walking through the memorial hall seeing so much.

3. Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium

3-16 Shukumachi, Nagasaki 851-0121 Nagasaki Prefecture +81 95-838-3131 http://penguin-aqua.jp/
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4.5 based on 218 reviews

Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium

Reviewed By shannonl161 - Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan

Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium's main feature is its penguins of course . The aquarium keeps eight species of penguins, including lovable Little Penguins but its highlight being the King Penguin, which can grow to nearly 1 metre in height. It's pretty funny to see my youngest stand beside one of these King Penguins and to be challenged by its height and weight I presume as well! Another highlight of the Aquarium is to see the penguins in their natural setting swimming freely in the Bay whereby an area has been isolated by using nets and the penguins are released into this part of the ocean to be observed by visitors. You can watch them behave naturally swimming in the water at high speed to catch feed thrown by the staff, which is a scene rarely observed elsewhere in the Aquarium world. The cute little guys will come right up to you, waddle past and even take food from your hand. The is about as close as I have ever come to a real Penguin so yes it was an experience to remember and cherish with my children.

4. Mt. Inasa

Inasamachi, Nagasaki 852-8011 Nagasaki Prefecture
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4.5 based on 1,458 reviews

Mt. Inasa

Reviewed By ArsenalPC - Sydney, Australia

Amazing view of nagasaki City at night. Get here by coach, 5min walk from Mt Inasa ropeway station or Taxi. Entrance is free at the observatory. Plenty of people at night but he lookout platform is quite spacious. Highly recommend if your in nagasaki This view is only second to Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. You don't realise how big Nagasaki is until you come up here. Definitely come here at night instead of daytime

5. Nagasaki Bio Park

2291-1 Nakaymago, Saikai 851-3302 Nagasaki Prefecture +81 959-27-1090 [email protected] http://www.biopark.co.jp/
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4.5 based on 183 reviews

Nagasaki Bio Park

The animal at the Nagasaki Biopark re not 'on display' but are instead living as far as possible as they would in the wild. Nagasaki Biopark's breeding style is 'ecological display' ever since we first opened. Here you can touch and feed a lot of animals directly. Naturally, the reason you can touch and imteract with lemurs, squirrel monkey, capybara and so on is because there is no boundary line between you and the animals. The park is specifically designed to replicate as closely as possible the environment and ecosystem the animals are living in originally. Thus, you can see the animals living naturally and freely here.

Reviewed By neko-sealion

I really love this zoo. This is my second visit this year.I will give you some tips to enjoy the day. First, there are only 2 direct buses from Nagasaki station to this zoo:departing at 8:08 & 8:43a.m. #1 with destination “Okushi 大串”(other time you have to change buses at Togitsu Hokubu bus terminal). Be careful not to get on the wrong #1car as they have too many #1buses for other destinations! It takes one and a half hours, so spend time checking details about the zoo with your mobile on board though no WIFI on the car. Biopark has its English website. From and to Huis Ten Bosch, 3 direct small buses a day. Reservation required. Second, staffs speak only in Japanese. As shown in my previous review, take translation app or good Japanese speaker with you if you don't speak it. Third, buy a raincoat before entering squirrelmonkey house, or your clothes will be tragedy. Do not let monkeys stay on your head or shoulder over 5 seconds if you want to keep your shirt clean. Do not wear necklace or earrings. Monkeys often rob you of glitter accessory. Fourth, there are many steep slopes in the park. People with difficulty in walking can enjoy themselves easier in Pet Animal World (PAW for short). You can access it from the parking lot. Of course every visitors can go in it after paying the admission fees. You can stay in PAW for max. 60 minutes. Time flies in PAW because friendly small animals give you special experience. My favorite is the white parrot called Daichan, he is 17 years old and able to say Daichan himself! Finally, not so many lockers. Make your bag as light as possible to enjoy feeding animals! Late in the afternoon, many animal foods are sold out even on weekdays. Be an early bird and have a lovely day! ここから日本語で。 長崎駅前から直通バスが朝二本だけあります。 8:08と8:43です。1番の大串行きです。やたら1番のバスがあるのでお気をつけください。大半は全然違うところに行ってしまいます。バス停は電停向かいで天井に黄色いデジタル表示の時計がある真下です。他の時間は時津北部ターミナルで乗り換えが必要。直通で一時間半ほどかかります。 ハウステンボスからは1日三本マイクロバスが出ています。予約が必要。 リスザルに服を汚されたくない方はレインコート必須です。5秒以上肩や頭に載せないように。軽く手で払うとどいてくれるそうです。(私は乗られたことがないので、スタッフさんから聞いた話)キラキラしたものは盗られてしまうので、アクセサリーは外してカバンに入れてから入場すること。 園内は坂と階段がたくさんあります。足の弱い方はペットアニマルワールドがおすすめ。駐車場からすぐです。制限時間は60分。自分で名乗るオウムのダイちゃんがかわいい。 親御さんのワンオペはかなりきついと思います。エサやりが充実した動物園なので、ポケット多い服とかリュックやウエストバッグなど、両手が使えるようにするのがおすすめ。えさガチャガチャのカプセルを開けるためにも。坂ではベビーカーをずっと押すと筋トレ化します。なるべく大人のお供がいると楽です。コインロッカーはありますが少ないです。 閑散期なら動物から寄ってきてくれます。夕方はエサが売り切れるので、来園はお早めに! すごくいいところだよ。楽しんできてね!

6. Hashima Island

Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture http://gunkanjima-nagasaki.jp/
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4.5 based on 1,197 reviews

Hashima Island

Reviewed By BendigoVic - Victoria, Australia

We went to Hashima Island as part of our tour and it was something that I had researched and was so looking forward to seeing. The island had a brief appearance in the James Bond movie Skyfall. Weather wise our day was perfect actually quite hot, pleasant boat trip to and from which was great for our 45min trip to the island. The island is 15km from Nagaski and was once used for coal mining with its own hospital, school and shopping centre which is incredible considering its size, it was abandoned in 1974 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You are able to get onto the island but only on the designated paths, as it wouldn't be safe to roam around on your own. I loved visiting this very interesting part of Japans history, it was fantastic. I hope my photos showed how interesting this place is.

7. Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture

1-1-1 Tateyama, Nagasaki 850-0007 Nagasaki Prefecture +81 95-818-8366 http://www.nmhc.jp/
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4.5 based on 191 reviews

Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture

Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture is one of the few museums in Japan dedicated to the history of international exchange. The Museum holds approximately 81,000 objects in its precious collection, including historical documents, art and craftworks that tell the story of Nagasaki, the sole window open to foreign countries during the period of Japan’s national isolation. In addition, part of the Nagasaki Magistrate's Office (a local agency of the central government in the Edo period) has been faithfully reconstructed based on historical materials, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of feudal Japan. The exhibits are displayed to ensure an instructive and enjoyable experience. Come and spend meaningful time learning about the history and culture of Nagasaki.

Reviewed By meikemccaw

I visited the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture during my tour with Huber Tomodachi Guide. My guides were so friendly and kind and knew a lot about Nagasaki history! They taught me a lot and brought me to this museum. Since we went on the weekend, we were able to enjoy a historical play that was free with the regular admission ticket (which is fairly priced). The play was in Japanese, yet I still found it very entertaining and educational despite my lack of Japanese language ability. The staff here work hard to help you make the most of your experience which I appreciate a lot. There is so much valuable information in this museum about Nagasaki's rich and diverse past! I highly recommend!

8. Saruiwa

870-3 Gonouracho Shindenfure, Iki 811-5103 Nagasaki Prefecture http://www.ikikankou.com/wp/?p=269
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4.5 based on 169 reviews

Saruiwa

9. Kujuku Island

Sasebo 862-0913 Nagasaki Prefecture
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4.5 based on 329 reviews

Kujuku Island

Reviewed By surambo3 - Shimonoseki, Japan

So-called Ninety-nine Islands are actually composed of 208 islands. "Ninety nine" means "many". We can enjoy the beautiful view from many angles. There are observatories on mountains and hills. Also, you can get on "Kujuuku-shima Cruising" to enjoy view from ocean cruising among islands. いわゆる九十九島は、実際、208の島々から成っています。「99」は「多い」という意味です。いろいろな角度から美しい景色を楽しむことができます。山や丘に展望台があります。九十九島クルージングに乗船して、島々の間をクルージングしながら海からの景色も楽しめます。

10. Nabekanmuriyama Park

Izumo, Nagasaki 850-0924 Nagasaki Prefecture +81 95-822-8888 http://www.nagasaki-tabinet.com/guide/60842/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 117 reviews

Nabekanmuriyama Park

Reviewed By ram3008 - Fukuoka, Japan

Great view at night standing from highest you can see Nagasaki view by night . It's so gorgeous, lighting and lively

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