Highlights of Nagasaki
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Approximately 7½ Hours
Nagasaki is a beautiful port city, which was opened to foreign trade in 1571 and flourished as the sole gate through which Western culture filtered into Japan during the period of Isolation. Along with Christian culture, foreign learning found its way into the country, particularly in the fields of shipbuilding, mining, printing, photography, medicine and railway transportation.
A 90-minute panoramic drive today takes you from the Sasebo area to Nagasaki. You will head straight to Dejima Island, joined to the mainland through land reclamation. For more than 200 years during the Tokugawa Shogunate, Japan practiced a policy of strict isolation from the outside world. The outpost of Dutch merchants living on Dejima Island was Japan's only contact with the Western world and is a fascinating insight into how the unique Japanese-Dutch trading system worked. Many of Dejima's historical structures remain or have been reconstructed in the area, including various houses, warehouses, walls and gates.
Enjoy lunch in Nagasaki city.
You will visit the Peace Memorial Park, located near Ground Zero of the atomic bomb blast of August 9, 1945. Today, it is home to a beautiful memorial fountain and the 30-foot-tall Statue of Peace. Perhaps nowhere else on the planet is a more appropriate venue for this poignant reminder and the conversations it generates. Walk to the epicenter to visit the Atomic Bomb Museum -- home to numerous photographs and relics from that fateful day. The displays include photographs taken in the city immediately after the blast as well as artifacts that survived the explosion.
Return to the port by comfortable motorcoach -- a 90-minute drive.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Travel time to Nagasaki is approximately 1½ hours each way.