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About Nagasaki

Most commonly associated with its devastating WWII past, Nagasaki is a fascinating city with a far more multi-layered history than most visitors anticipate. Now a thriving modern metropolis, it's a popular business destination as well as a holiday spot for culture-minded visitors or families bound for the quirky nearby Huis Ten Bosch theme park. Accommodation options tend to be located within the city centre or close to the amusement park, with many of the best places to stay in Nagasaki offering flexible options for couples, friends or families.

Set on the western side of Kyushu, Nagasaki was originally a small port town with a long history of international trade. The Portuguese arrived in 1543, followed by the Dutch and the English. The 17th-century Great Fire of Nagasaki destroyed much of the city, but it recovered to become an important point of connection between Japan and the outside world. You’ll find this history reflected at Dejima Museum, the Oura Catholic Church and the Urakami Cathedral. To understand the traumatic impact and aftermath of the events of 9th August 1945, visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and the nearby Nagasaki Peace Park.

Outdoorsy travellers can hike up Mount Inasa for striking views of the city and coastline, stroll through scenic Nabekanmuriyama Park or Glover House & Garden, and cycle around Omura Bay. Big days out at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park, with its life-sized copies of old Dutch buildings, come highly recommended. Some of the best places to stay in Nagasaki are set along the river and leafy gardens of the park itself.

The Best Places to Stay in Nagasaki

For a City Stay

  • JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki is a smart, affordable hotel next to the train station and the Amu Plaza Nagasaki Shopping Mall. Pick this place for the excellent prices and comfortable, cosy rooms. A great city base for business or leisure.
  • Hotel New Nagasaki offers sleek interiors, with both Western and Japanese-style rooms. Feast on Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisine at three elegant restaurants. Meeting rooms and a business centre make this a top spot for a work trip.
  • Hotel Monterey Nagasaki showcases the city's long Portuguese influence. The building and interiors were inspired by classic Portuguese style, with antique pieces and decorative tiling. The Italian courtyard restaurant is superb. Another central choice for couples, friends or families.

For a Theme Park Escape

  • Hotel Nikko Huis Ten Bosch is an enormous property at the gates of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. Expect classic rooms with space for families, great restaurants and a buzzy karaoke bar. Very good fun.
  • Watermark Hotel Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch is a grand, waterfront hotel with European-inspired decor, including big sash windows, parquet flooring and chandeliers. Pick this place for its marina views and proximity to the theme park.
  • Huis Ten Bosch Forest Villa offers two-bedroom cottages set on the banks of a peaceful canal inside the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park. Surrounded by flower-filled gardens, these cosy villas have pretty chintz-patterned interiors, waterfront views and sitting rooms for relaxing with family and friends. There's a good restaurant onsite. Idyllic.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY HOUSE

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly into Tokyo's Haneda Airport or Narita Airport to catch a connecting flight to Nagasaki Airport. Travel 40 minutes to the city centre by bus or taxi. Most hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pick up.
  • You may want to drive if you're exploring Kyushu independently. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel during the summer, spring or early autumn for the warmest weather, with temperatures of 23 - 30°C. May and September are cooler and quieter.

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Best Hotels in Nagasaki

  • Jr Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki Nagasaki (Nagasaki-shi) 144 rooms from £60

    City Style  -  A stylish city choice, perfect for exploring Nagasaki whilst on business or on a holiday
    Designer Shopping  -  The hotel sits above the Amu Plaza Nagasaki Shopping Mall, perfect for keen shoppers
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the scenic Heiwa Park, just a few minutes from the hotel
    Value chic  -  A sophisticated hotel in a central location, offering very reasonable rates
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    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. See More

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  • Candeo Hotels Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown Nagasaki from £93

    Romantic Break  -  Couples can unwind under the stars in the rooftop bath, embracing Nagasaki's romantic skyline
    Local exploring  -  Explore Nagasaki's vibrant history, just steps from the door, where every path tells a story
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Detox and rejuvenate in the saunas, where heat meets cold for the ultimate relaxation
    Sights nearby  -  Embark on a spiritual journey at the iconic Oura Catholic Church, a beacon of tranquility
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    A chic 4-star gem in the heart of Nagasaki. The spacious rooms are light and airy where the decor harmonises sleek modernity with a zen-like tranquility, inviting guests into a serene oasis. From the spa's panoramic city views to the indulgent sauna, every detail caters to comfort and relaxation. See More

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  • Hotel Nikko Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki (Sasebo) 388 rooms from £103

    Short break  -  Great for an active weekend with family and friends in a verdant location north of Nagasaki city
    Families  -  The location within the Huis Ten Bosch theme park makes this brilliant for family holidays
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Sing your heart out with family and friends in one of the private karaoke rooms
    Sights nearby  -  Embark on the hotel's city guided tour to visit numerous historical sights
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    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. See More

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  • Watermark Hotel Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki (Sasebo,) 228 rooms from £138

    Active Holiday  -  Enjoy myriad activities on Omura Bay, cycle along the waterfront and discover the amusement park
    Families  -  Situated within Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, this hotel is ideal for holidays with children
    Other Activities  -  Adrenaline-seekers of all ages will adore a day at the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park
    Cycling  -  Hire a hotel bike and follow scenic trails around Omura Bay
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    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. See More

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  • Hotel Monterey Nagasaki Nagasaki 123 rooms from £142

    Groups  -  Quarduple rooms are perfect for groups of friends travelling together, or for families with kids who can share
    City Style  -  An elegant property reminiscent of a Portuguese palace, close to main of the city's main attractions
    Sights nearby  -  The early 20th-century Urakami Cathedral is a fascinating landmark to discover
    Great walks  -  Wander through the picturesque hillside Glavor Gardens on a sunny day
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    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. See More

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  • Setre Glover's House Nagasaki from £167

    Groups  -  Perfect for groups, offering spacious rooms, dedicated event spaces and shared experiences in Nagasaki's historic heart
    City Style  -  Chic, Euro-style rooms with a hint of Nagasaki's past offer a trendy, historical retreat
    Great walks  -  Stroll through Glover Garden, a stone's throw away, where history whispers among the blooms
    Sights nearby  -  Join a Saruku tour, led by staff, to uncover hidden gems in the historic settlement
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    This hotel is a gateway to the city's rich past, in Nagasaki's historical Minami-yamate. The decor melds European elegance and local flair with antique furnishings & Japanese art. The on-site dining options offer a similar fusion, as does the bar specialising in natural wine & saki. A unique stay. See More

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  • Hotel New Nagasaki Nagasaki (Daikoku-machi) 153 rooms from £186

    Business meetings  -  A smart hotel for business or leisure travellers, with imposing shared spaces and extensive meeting rooms
    Local exploring  -  With excellent transport links, this hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city
    Other Activities  -  Admire the sprawling city views from the observation deck at the Nagasaki Ropeway
    Golf  -  Play a round at the Nagasaki International Golf Club
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    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. See More

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  • GOTO RETREAT by Onko Chishin Nagasaki 26 rooms from £331

    Local exploring  -  Explore the serene Gotō Islands with ocean views and open-air baths for a touch of island adventure
    Spa breaks  -  Unwind in tranquility with sea breezes and Goto Camellia spa treatments for a peaceful retreat
    Total relaxation  -  Embark on a serene meditation journey, finding peace in the tranquil rooms with a ray of light
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the rich history of Fukue Island's hidden Christian sites, a testament to faith and resilience
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    A tranquil retreat infused with luxury, on the serene Gotō Islands. The elegant design maximises natural light and breathtaking vistas with natural tones and floor-to-ceiling windows. Boasting spring-fed onsen baths and a menu rich in local Goto beef, it's a sanctuary for both body and soul. See More

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  • Huis Ten Bosch Forest Villa Nagasaki (Sasebo) 105 rooms from £424

    Families  -  Set inside the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, two-bedroom private villas have plenty of space for little ones to run around.
    Active Holiday  -  Hire bicycles, take scenic riverside walks and enjoy the marvels of the surrounding amusement park
    Cycling  -  Hire bicycles to explore the theme park and follow marked paths in the nearby forest
    Other Activities  -  Spend a fun-filled day at the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park with the whole family
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    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. See More

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