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Urakami Cathedral (YV哰, Urakami Tenshudō) is a Catholic church in Nagasaki with a tragic yet interesting history. Today a working church housed in a large, European-style, red brick building, the cathedral is home to various relics that survived the atomic bombing.

The atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 and almost completely destroyed the church which stood only 500 meters from the hypocenter. A group of charred stone saints were left in place and still stand before a decimated wall in front of the cathedral. There are also other relics inside, including the surviving head of a Saint Mary statue recovered after the blast, and one of the church's original bells. The modern incarnation of the cathedral was completed in 1959.

Another intriguing facet of the cathedral's history dates back to its origins. Construction began on the complex in 1895 on the very ground where picture trampling ceremonies had previously been carried out in an attempt to root out Christianity during the era when the religion was prohibited in Japan. In those ceremonies, people were coerced into trampling on biblical images in order to expose secret Christians. The church was then erected here as a message of resilience.

Getting there and around

Urakami Cathedral is located a ten minute walk from the Nagasaki Peace Park and the Peace Park (Heiwa Koen) tram stop on the lines 1 and 3 (10 minutes, 130 yen one way from Nagasaki Station).

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    • Mezame Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Mezame Hostel is located in Nagasaki, 2.8 km from Nagasaki Museum of History and 2.3 km from Urakami Cathedral. With a bar, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, a shared lounge and luggage storage for guests. At the hostel, each room comes with a desk. At Mezame Hostel every room is fitted with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Peace Park and 26 Martyrs Museum. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 17 km from Mezame Hostel.
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    • HafH Nagasaki SAI
      Budget-friendly
      Boasting a shared lounge, terrace and views of city, HafH Nagasaki SAI is set in Nagasaki, 1.3 km from Nagasaki Museum of History. With a bar, the 2-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The hostel has family rooms. Continental and Full English/Irish breakfast options are available every morning at the hostel. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is 4 km from HafH Nagasaki SAI, while Peace Park is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 19 km from the accommodation.
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    • Nisshokan Bettei Koyotei
      Luxury
      Nisshokan Bettei Koyotei is located in the Nagasaki Area, a 10-minute drive from Nagasaki Peace Park. Featuring views of the beautiful Nagasaki, it offers a public bath and free parking. Bettei Koyotei Nisshokan is a 15-minute drive from Glover Garden. JR Nagasaki Train Station is a 5-minute drive from the hotel, and a free shuttle is provided. The Japanese-style guestrooms offer both air-conditioning and heating facilities, and an en suite bathroom. Each room is equipped with a fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and a TV with cable channels. Guests can take a relaxing bath while enjoying the views of Nagasaki. There is a gift shop on-site. A Japanese breakfast set can be enjoyed in rooms. Drinks can be purchased from the vending machine on-site.
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    • ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel is located in Nagasaki, 2.6 km from Glover Garden and 4.2 km from Urakami Cathedral. The property is set 3.1 km from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, 3.7 km from Peace Park and 2.5 km from Oura Catholic Church. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. At the hostel all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Guests at ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Nagasaki, like cycling. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Nagasaki Museum of History, 26 Martyrs Museum and Fukusaiji Temple. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 18 km from ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel.
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    • Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort
      Luxury
      Located in Mount Inasa, boasting skyline view of Nagasaki city, Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort in Nagasaki has a number of amenities including a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar. With free WiFi, this hotel offers free shuttle service and a 24-hour front desk. Nagasaki Station is a 10-minute drive away, while the property is a 15-minute drive from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. All air-conditioned units at the hotel come with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and Blu-ray player, a coffee machine and a fridge. All rooms has an ocean view with a terrace. The private bathroom with includes a bathrobe, hairdryer and free toiletries. This hotel offers guests a relaxing experience with on-site spa services at "SPA RICH". This hotel offers a Japanese-style cuisine and tempura restaurant "Akizuki", French restaurant "Restaurant Forest", Sushi restaurant "Tenku" and Teppanyaki-grill restaurant "Chikusai". Guests can choose from Japanese-style or Western-style breakfast every morning at this hotel. Popular points of interest near Garden Terrace Nagasaki include a 15-minute drive to Peace Park and 20-minute drive to Glover Garden.
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    • Hotel Forza Nagasaki
      Mid-range
      Opened in September 2014, Hotel Forza Nagasaki is non-smoking hotel located in the centre of Nagasaki, a 3-minute stroll from Shianbashi area and China Town. The hotel offers free WiFi access. Rooms at Nagasaki Forza Hotel come with a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator and a trouser press. Private bathroom includes a shower, a bath and free toiletries. At Hotel Forza Nagasaki you will find a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage service. Guests are able to dine at the on-site restaurant or shop at the mall on the lower levels of the building. The hotel is a minute walk from Kanko Dori Dentei Stop on Nagasaki Dentetsu. It is a 5-minute drive to Nagasaki Museum of History and to Nagasaki Train Station. Nagasaki Airport is a 45-minute drive away.
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    • JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located to JR Nagasaki Station and Amu Plaza Nagasaki Shopping Mall, JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki features modern rooms with a flat-screen TV, electric kettle and bathroom with bath, shower and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is available at all areas. A relaxing massage can be arranged at an additional fee. Other guest facilities include a coin launderette and a beverage vending machine. Suwa Shrine and Heiwa Park are a 10-minute drive from JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki. A 45-minute drive leads to Nagasaki Airport. The hotel is located above Amu Plaza Nagasaki Shopping Mall, which offers various restaurant options.
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    • i + Land Nagasaki
      Luxury
      Renovated in April 2018, i + Land Nagasaki is 18.5 km or a 40-minute drive from Nagasaki Station. A hot spring bath, sauna, garden and kids area are available for guests. The property provides a 24-hour front desk. An Asian breakfast is served daily at the property. Guests can make use of the sauna. Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near the resort. Nagasaki Museum of History is 11 km from i + Land Nagasaki, while Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is 11 km from the property. Nagasaki Airport is 27 km away.
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    • Ambiera Doza
      Mid-range
      Located in Nagasaki, near Nagasaki Museum of History, Oura Catholic Church and Glover Garden, Ambiera Doza features free WiFi. All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also provided, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Minato Park, Nagasaki Dejima and Sofukuji Temple. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 20 km from Ambiera Doza.
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    • Nagasaki Kagamiya
      Budget-friendly
      Nagasaki Kagamiya offers dorm beds and private Japanese rooms, a 5-minute walk from Hotarujaya Tram Station. It features a garden and a cosy shared lounge with free WiFi and a free-use internet pc. Ladiesf kimono rentals are available. Private rooms have a tatami (woven-straw) floor, on which guests sleep in traditional futon bedding. Shared dormitory rooms come with bunk beds. Toilets and bathrooms are shared.
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