TokyoFran’s Blog: Trip to Nagasaki

There is a lot to say about Nagasaki. It may even be my favourite place in Japan (excluding Tokyo of course!). The unique blend of Japanese, Chinese and European culture compliment each other surprisingly well. Nagasaki uses a very convenient tram system much like Hiroshima so I used it to get to my new hostel.

The hostel was ten times better than the one back in Fukuoka and the staff were great. The lady complimented my large nose and said I was cool haha… This time my room had two sets of bunk beds which is unusual for a Japanese hostel. Since I arrived in the evening, I took a stroll down the shopping arcade and visited China Town where I had the city’s famous Champon ramen.

The next morning I climbed a small mountain which was littered with houses and reminded me very much of Italy. At the peak laid a statue of Sakamoto Ryoma? who was a famous samurai in Nagasaki. The view of the harbour and city was beautiful (not to mention it was nice and breezy).

From there I took the tram north to see the atomic bomb museum. It was less shocking this time around as I had already seen the one in Hiroshima not so long ago. At this point in the day, the sun was burning my skin so I had to take shelter for a while to cool down. After feeling a bit better, I took the tram down south to visit Glover Gardens. It was a really beautiful place and offered yet another beautiful view.

I was completely exhausted by the end so I took the chance to sit in Mister Donuts for an hour and wait for the sun to set. The reason for this was because my next destination required the darkness of night. This place is called “Inasa mountain” and is one of the three most famous night views in all of Japan.

I took a cable car up the towering mountain (you may have gathered now that Nagasaki is extremely mountainous) and walked up the spiraling observatory. I was greeted by the most spectacular view I have ever seen. So good in fact that I stayed there for an hour to absorb the view.

About Francesco

A former Tokyo resident and founder of As a video game and Japan enthusiast, Francesco intends to share his passion by using BakaPad as a platform to inform, share and entertain the masses.


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