Nagasaki is a beautiful city on the island of Kyushu and the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture. The city has a huge role in foreign trade of the country.
Unfortunately, Nagasaki was the second city that was demolished after the nuclear bombing during World War 2. However, the development of the city is amazing. Japan is known as the “country who rose up from the ashes” and “The Phoenix”.
So, let’s take a look at the 5 best attractions in Nagasaki.
Experience local Nagasaki Champon Making
Champon is one of the regional dishes of Nagasaki. It’s a noodle-based dish. There are different versions of it found around the whole country but the Champon that you get in Nagasaki is known for its traditional taste.
It’s an amazing dish and a taste will linger inside of your mouth. You can learn how to make traditional Champon in Nagasaki, if you visit the place for a good number of days. So, it can be on your bucket list as the attraction in Nagasaki.
Pay a visit to Huis Ten Bosch
The Huis Ten Bosch is located in a part of Nagasaki. It’s often known as “Small Europe”. It is exactly remodelled as Holland from the Middle Ages.
The place has beautiful canals, museums, shops, restaurants and is one of the biggest theme parks in Japan. There are restaurants around every corner of the place in which they serve extremely delicious food.
Tour Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
More than 7 decades have passed since that atomic bomb incident in Nagasaki. The incidents have started fading from the minds of the young generation.
Thus, in order to educate the younger generation about the horrible effects those atomic explosions had brought, there is a tour at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. The tour of the museum begins with the disastrous scenes of attacks and then leads to the dropping of the bombs.
The museum is a reminder of what human beings can achieve if they are determined.
Attend the Lantern Festival
This festival was started by the Chinese residents of Nagasaki to celebrate the Chinese new year. However, with passing time, it grew on a large scale and became the ” Nagasaki Lantern Festival”. During this event, more than 15,000 lanterns can be observed on the streets of Nagasaki.
There are many events which take place during this time of the year. The event consists of Chinese lantern ornaments, Mazu Procession, Emperor’s parade, dragon dance, Chinese lion dance and Chinese acrobatics. If you are going to Nagasaki in this particular period of time you should definitely visit this attraction in Nagasaki.
Pay a visit to Gunkanjima
The Gunkanjima is a small island located nearly 20 km away from the port of Nagasaki. Until the late 80s, this island was used as a coal mine. There were more than 5000 people living on the island.
After 1974, the mine was closed and all the residents of Gunkanjima left the island, abandoned for years to come.
This island was closed for public and can only be seen through cruise ships. However, from 2009 onwards, the island has been opened to the visitors. If you want some thrilling and exciting experience while you’re on the tour you should definitely visit this island.
After the nuclear blast, the strength that Nagasaki showed was impeccable. It’s a place worth visiting.