Sightseeing in Nagasaki
The city however recovered and thrived, and an eternal park was created in hopes of spreading peace to the world. Along with this, the Atomic Bomb Museum sheds light on the horrors of nuclear weapons, and has the goal of removing all nuclear weapons. Both of these locations are so well done, and are a must for anyone to see. Understanding the history is the only way to prevent it from happening again.
The park has two main features. The first being it's incredible view of the city. Often times you will be the only one up there, making it all the cooler. The second feature is the Sakamoto Ryoma statue. He was a prominent fighter to unite Japan during a time when the feudal system was still really strong. He was really inspired by the United States declaration that "All men are created equal". Due to this dedication to Japan as a whole, people from all over donated enough money to build a statue in his honor.
On most weekends you will find something special going on or around the park. Sometimes the battleships from Sasebo come to visit, sometimes there is an ice-cream festival, sometimes you stumble upon a Castella eating contest. Whatever it may be, this is definitely one of the hubs for entertainment in Nagasaki.
5. Suwa Shrine
My favorite however was the Suwa shrine. This one is located right in the heart of downtown Nagasaki. The shrine is fully active so you get to see a lot of different activities happening while you visit. I was there while some recently married Japanese people were getting their blessings. Be sure to make a stop here!
Traveling to and in Nagasaki
Getting To Nagasaki
I would recommend peach airlines for this. You can fly from Osaka for about ¥6,000-¥9,000 dollars each way. Really cheap, and a great airline.
If this airport is too small for your liking, your other option is to come in using the train or bus. You can start anywhere to accomplish this as the train and bus only runs one way into Nagasaki. (It's the end of the line for Western Japan). The best place to start is from Fukuoka. The cheaper option is actually a bus ticket. From the airport you can get a seat on a coach bus for about ¥2,700. (Roundtrip is about ¥4,700). It will take you right to Nagasaki Central station! Of course the other option is train (¥5,350 roundtrip) . Just look for Nagasaki-Eki and you will be on your way.
Nagasaki is pretty easy to get to. You have a ton of options, and many different ways to get to the city.
Traveling in Nagasaki
These maps are also readily available. Each landmark is marked on the map with the Tram stop you need to get off at. (All of the ones I mentioned in the Sightseeing section are also on this map). This was by far one of my favorite parts of Nagasaki.
If the tram isn't your style, you can always take the bus to get around. This is definitely a little bit more confusing as there isn't much english assistance, so you have to understand the network. It took me about 2 weeks of living there to fully understand the network. But if you are fine with a little experimentation, then buses can definitely work out nicely.
Nagasaki like any other city has a lot of different places to stay. There are many hotels in the heart of the city that span the entire range of luxury. I think the best way to find these is through a website like booking.com. They usually have a good list of them, and will take care of everything in English, which is nice.
There are also a couple of hostels in Nagasaki. So if you are comfortable with that route, you have the option. You can find these on hostelworld.com or a website that is similar.
What to Eat
Nagasaki is famous for two dishes, Champon, and Castella. Each of these ties to it's culture. Champon is a random assortment of really anything put in a tasty ramen broth. It was created through the combination of the Japanese and Chinese culture. Trust me, this stuff is good. I would have this like 3 or 4 times a week.
Castella on the other hand is a dessert. It came about due to the large dutch influence in Nagasaki during the isolation period. Due to this, many things from the Dutch culture mended with the Japanese culture. The western cake was one of them. Castella is a fluffy cake with a glazing to give it flavor (Traditionally honey flavored). It however also comes in different flavors like chocolate or green tea. Anyone in Japan knows, if you go to Nagasaki, you need to try the Castella.