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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 from Nagasaki Station).

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    • Dormy Inn Nagasaki Ekimae
      Luxury
      Set in Nagasaki, within 1.1 km of Nagasaki Museum of History and 3 km of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Dormy Inn Nagasaki Ekimae offers a spa and wellness centre. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, the rooms are equipped with a desk. All guest rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at Dormy Inn Nagasaki Ekimae. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Popular points of interest near Dormy Inn Nagasaki Ekimae include Fukusaiji Temple, 26 Martyrs Museum and Megane Bridge. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 37 km from the hotel.
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    • ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel is set in Nagasaki, 3.1 km from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and 3.7 km from Peace Park. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hostel features family rooms. Some rooms come with a kitchen with a stovetop. At the hostel all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Nagasaki Museum of History, 26 Martyrs Museum and Fukusaiji Temple. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 40 km from ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel.
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    • i + Land Nagasaki
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      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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    • GRAND BASE Nagasaki Chukagai
      Mid-range
      Located in Nagasaki, near Nagasaki Museum of History, Oura Catholic Church and Glover Garden, GRAND BASE Nagasaki Chukagai features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave and fridge are also provided, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Minato Park, Nagasaki Dejima and Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 20 km from GRAND BASE Nagasaki Chukagai.
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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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    • 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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    • Mezame Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Located within 2.8 km of Nagasaki Museum of History and 2.3 km of Urakami Cathedral, Mezame Hostel offers rooms in Nagasaki. 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 and a shared lounge 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, 38 km from Mezame Hostel.
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    • GRAND BASE Nagasaki City
      Mid-range
      Set within 300 metres of Nagasaki Museum of History and 3.5 km of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, GRAND BASE Nagasaki City offers accommodation with free WiFi and seating area. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Fukusaiji Temple, Megane Bridge and Suwa Shrine. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 37 km from GRAND BASE Nagasaki City.
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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. At the hostel the rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Continental and Full English/Irish breakfast options are available every morning at HafH Nagasaki SAI. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is 4 km from the accommodation, while Peace Park is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 38 km from HafH Nagasaki SAI.
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    • GRAND BASE Nagasaki Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Set in Nagasaki, near Nagasaki Museum of History, 26 Martyrs Museum and Fukusaiji Temple, GRAND BASE Nagasaki Ekimae features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is 3.1 km from the aparthotel, while Peace Park is 3.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 39 km from GRAND BASE Nagasaki Ekimae.
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