A Remarkable History and a Symbol of Peace
Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki has been shaped by history, natural forces and a blend of international influences. Nagasaki's turbulent past, from Christian martyrs to the atomic bomb, has created a remarkable culture of peace and tolerance. Outside the city center, you can cruise the beautiful Kujukushima islands near Sasebo or relax in the hot springs around Unzen.
Nagasaki is just over 2 hours from Tokyo and a little over 1 hour from Osaka by air. Express trains from Hakata Station in Fukuoka reach Nagasaki in less than 2 hours. Many international cruise lines make a stop in this historical city.
Within Japan, there are direct flights from both Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo, and from Osaka and Nagoya to Nagasaki. From overseas, you can fly directly from Hong Kong. There are daily flights from Nagasaki Airport to the Goto Islands. From Nagasaki Airport, the city and popular destinations like Huis Ten Bosch and Sasebo are easy to reach by bus.
The city of Nagasaki has a comprehensive network of buses and trams to get you around smoothly. The region is scattered with beautiful islands, many accessible by ferry.
Larger cities in Nagasaki are connected by JR Kyushu lines. The Kamome express train runs from Fukuoka, through Saga, then to Nagasaki, connecting Isahaya and Nagasaki. Midori and Huis Ten Bosch trains connect you with the seaside city of Sasebo and the popular Huis Ten Bosch theme park. The Matsuura Railway takes you from Sasebo to Hirado and on to Imari in Saga. To get around the Shimabara area, you can take the Shimatetsu line from Isahaya.
Buses and trams (streetcars) are the easiest way to get around the city center. The tram has a flat fare for each trip. You can get a One-Day Pass for unlimited rides in one day, or a Nagasaki Smart Card (a recharcheable IC card).