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About Nagasaki

Nagaski is obviously most commonly associated with its role in the Second World War, or rather the role it was assigned when the US decided to drop the atomic bomb in August 9th, 1945. Despite the devestating effects, the bomb failed to wipe away Nagasaki's rich history and culture - all of which still shine through today.

The word Nagasaki actually means long cape in Japanese, and this cape has come under intense foreign interest for much of its past. At first it was from the Portuguese, who arrived in 1543 and subsequently frequently appeared on Nagasaki's shores for trade purposes, thus opening up trade relations between Japan and the rest of the world. The previously small port town had now become a flourishing city, with the Dutch and the English also starting to exert their presence, whilst an influx of missionaries once made Nagasaki a bastion for Christianity in Japan.

Unfortunately, Nagasaki seems to have fallen foul of fate many times throughout the years - in 1663, The Great Fire of Nagasaki razed most of the city to the ground. However, it recovered well, acting as an important link between Japan and the outside world in the Tokugawa and Meiji periods.

Nowadays, visitors to Nagasaki can expect to find a vibrant modern city surrounded by a wonderful setting, encapsulated by both mountains and the ocean. However, be sure to book ahead as the best places to stay in Nagasaki get quickly filled up.

What Not to Miss

  • The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is a harrowing, emotional, but incredibly educational visit. Whilst the city has moved on significantly since the event, visitors should still take the time to learn all about the destruction it caused and the effect it had not only on Nagasaki, but the entirety of Japan.
  • Likewise, the visually-striking Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims is another must-visit.
  • Hike up Mount Inasa and take in the glorious views of both the city and out to sea - make sure you remember your camera!
  • Nagasaki Museum of Traditional Performing Arts will be right up your alley if you're a bit of a culture-vulture.

The best places to stay in Nagasaki

For Business

  • JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki is a smart but unfussy stay located right next to the station. The rooms, starting from just £60 per night, are light and airy.
  • Hotel New Nagasaki is a sleek option with Western-style accommodation and no less than three restaurants to choose from. A good all-round stay.

For city style

  • Hotel Monterey Nagasaki is a stylish property which is remnant of the city's long Portuguese influence. The rooms are elegantly decorated, with antiques dotted around, whilst there's also a lovely Italian restaurant.

For an apartment or holiday home

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly into Tokyo Haneda Airport before taking a connecting flight on to Nagasaki Airport.
  • Weather-wise, you're best off visiting in the summer months - the average temperature ranges from 25-32°C in August.
  • However, this is the busiest time of year. For a quieter and potentially cheaper alternative, consider coming in the shoulder season months (spring or autumn).
  • If you'd like to explore more of the area then consider hiring a car with Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Nagasaki

  • Jr Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki 144 rooms from £60

    Nagasaki (Nagasaki-shi)

    A smart hotel conveniently located next to JR Nagasaki Station. Light and airy rooms feature soft hues, crisp white linen and simple dark wooden furniture. Find efficient service and massages on arrangement. With easy access to the city this is an ideal property for both business and leisure.

    Value chic  -  A sophisticated hotel boasting a central location all offered at a very reasonable rate.
    Sights nearby  -  Climb the 277 steps leading up to the Suwa Shrine.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the scenic Heiwa Park.
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  • Hotel Nikko Huid Ten Bosch 388 rooms from £103

    Nagasaki (Sasebo)

    A grand hotel located at the gates of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. Elegant rooms are western in style with sash windows, chintz curtains and simple wooden furniture. Dine in the choice selection of restaurants and spend evenings with microphone in hand at the karaoke bar. Perfect for families.

    Families  -  The location within the Huis Ten Bosch theme park makes this ideal for family holidays.
    Sights nearby  -  Embark on the hotel's city guided tour visiting numerous historical sights.
    Full of character
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  • Watermark Hotel Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch 228 rooms from £138

    Nagasaki (Sasebo,)

    A grand hotel situated within the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park and featuring European inspired architecture. Spacious rooms are light and airy with large sash windows, warm yellow hues and elegant wooden furniture. Sip cocktails in the marina facing bar and feast on regional dishes. Ideal for families.

    Families  -  Situated within Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, ideal for holidays with children.
    Great walks  -  Take a sunset stroll along the oceanfront.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Hotel Monterey Nagasaki 123 rooms from £142

    Nagasaki

    A stylish remnant of the city's Portuguese connections. An elegant lobby complete with black and white tiled flooring and heavy antique furniture set the tone. Boasting a central patio and glamorous Italian restaurant. A charming base for exploring the city.

    City Style  -  An elegant property reminiscent of a Portuguese palace.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the Urakami Cathedral, dating back from the beginning of the 20th century.
    Great walks  -  Wander through the picturesque hillside Glavor Garden.
    Full of character
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  • Hotel New Nagasaki 153 rooms from £186

    Nagasaki (Daikoku-machi)

    A sleek hotel well positioned next to the JR Nagasaki Train Station. Offering both contemporary western rooms and atmospheric Japanese style rooms. Dine on superlative Chinese, Japanese or continental cuisine at the three elegant restaurants. An ideal base for both business or leisure.

    Local exploring  -  With excellent transport links this hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the hillside Clover Gardens.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Huis Ten Bosch Forest Villa 105 rooms from £424

    Nagasaki (Sasebo)

    Charming villas situated along a peaceful canal inside the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park. Style is based on Dutch design and features chintz patterns, flower-filled gardens and soft hues. boasting a spa and a restaurant that promotes healthy eating. A tranquil spot ideal for family getaways.

    Families  -  Set inside the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park and offering private accommodation with plenty of space for little ones to run around.
    Great walks  -  Visit the scenic Saikai Bridge and take a stroll through the park.
    Sailing  -  Take a relaxing cruise along the canal.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
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