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Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture (’·θ—πŽj•Ά‰»”Ž•¨ŠΩ, Nagasaki Rekishi Bunka Hakubutsukan) is a well-executed, modern museum dedicated to Nagasaki's history as one of Japan's major international trading ports. The fairly large, permanent exhibition is spread over two floors and is comprised of various sections, each focusing on a different facet of Nagasaki's rich history.

During the Edo Period the Japanese government adopted isolationism, effectively cutting the country off from the rest of the world. At this time, Nagasaki became one of the only ports where international trade was permitted, namely with the Chinese and Dutch. This temporarily made the city Japan's main window to the outside world and allowed a rich economy, culture and history to flourish.

The museum has a section each dedicated to telling the story of Japan's relationship with its three main trading partners of the era: China, the Netherlands and Korea. The history of these relationships is recounted through the exhibition of artifacts, including tools, art pieces and documents, as well as through diagrams and dioramas depicting trade routes and city districts where foreign traders lived.

Being one of the only ports open to foreign trade, Nagasaki was controlled directly by the shogun during the Edo Period. A magistrate served as his representative in the city and undertook various duties. One of the museum's most impressive features is the reconstruction of the former Magistrate's Office. This beautiful wing of the museum is done in traditional Japanese style reminiscent of past centuries. In addition to a grand and spacious tatami room where the magistrate received dignitaries, there is also an interrogation room and court where smugglers and other criminals were dealt with.

The museum's other sections include a gallery showcasing arts and crafts influenced by Nagasaki's cosmopolitanism. The collection includes porcelain, lacquerware and blue shell works influenced by both domestic and foreign aesthetics. There is also an exhibition that reveals what life was like in Nagasaki for city dwellers during the height of the port's trading, and a section focusing on the development of technology. Temporary exhibitions are held on the third floor of the museum.

Getting there and around

Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture is located a 15 minute walk from Nagasaki Station or a five minute walk from Sakuramachi tram stop on line 3 (one stop, 130 yen from Nagasaki Station).

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Hours and Fees

Hours

8:30 to 19:00 (until 18:00 from December to March); admission ends 30 minutes before closing

Closed

Third Monday of each month (or following day if Monday is a national holiday)

Admission

630 yen (permanent exhibition)
Separate, varying fees for temporary exhibitions

Hotels around Nagasaki

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    • Fujiwara Ryokan
      Budget-friendly
      A 10-minute walk from JR Nagasaki Train Station, Fujiwara Ryokan offers simple Japanese-style accommodations. Guests can relax in the shared bath and use free Wi-Fi at the entire property. Nagasaki Port Ferry Terminal is a 15-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests and rooms include an en suite bathroom with a shower. A fridge and a TV comes in each room. A coin-launderette is on site and luggage storage is offered at the front desk. Japanese dishes featuring seasonal ingredients are served for breakfast at the dining room. Ryokan Fujiwara is a 5-minute walk from Shofuku-ji Temple and a 15-minute walk from Nagasaki China Town. Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture is a mere 3-minute walk away.
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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, every room is fitted with a desk. Popular points of interest near Mezame Hostel include Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Peace Park and 26 Martyrs Museum. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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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. Featuring a bar, the 2-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The hostel has family rooms. Guest rooms in the hostel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. 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, 19 km from HafH Nagasaki SAI.
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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 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. The units will provide guests with a microwave. Popular points of interest near the hostel 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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    • 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. Ladiesf 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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    • 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, a hairdryer and free toiletries. 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, 18 km from GRAND BASE Nagasaki City.
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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 and all rooms are equipped with an iPad. 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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