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 from Nagasaki Station.

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    • Hilton Nagasaki
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      Located 400 metres from Nagasaki Station, Hilton Nagasaki offers 5-star accommodation in Nagasaki and features a fitness centre, a restaurant and a bar. Featuring a spa and wellness centre, the hotel is close to several noted attractions, around 1.1 km from Fukusaiji Temple and around 800 metres from 26 Martyrs Museum. The property is non-smoking and is set 1.4 km from Nagasaki Museum of History. All units will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the hotel. Languages spoken at the reception include English and Japanese. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is 2.8 km from Hilton Nagasaki, while Peace Park is 3.4 km away. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 39 km from the accommodation.
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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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    • Dormy Inn Premium Nagasaki Ekimae
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      Dormy Inn Premium Nagasaki Ekimae is set in Nagasaki, 3 km from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and 3.6 km from Peace Park. With a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, every room is equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV. At Dormy Inn Premium Nagasaki Ekimae the rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Dormy Inn Premium Nagasaki Ekimae provides a range of facilities such as a spa and wellness centre including a sauna. Languages spoken at the reception include English and Japanese. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Nagasaki Station, Nagasaki Museum of History and Fukusaiji Temple. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 38 km from Dormy Inn Premium Nagasaki Ekimae.
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    • hotel H2 TRIP&BUSINESS NAGASAKI
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      Hotel H2 TRIP&BUSINESS NAGASAKI features a shared lounge, terrace, a restaurant and bar in Nagasaki. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is non-smoking and is located 1.3 km from Nagasaki Museum of History. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At hotel H2 TRIP&BUSINESS NAGASAKI each room comes with bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near hotel H2 TRIP&BUSINESS NAGASAKI include Nagasaki Station, Oura Catholic Church and Glover Garden. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 38 km from the hotel.
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    • ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel is located in Nagasaki, within 3.1 km of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and 3.7 km of Peace Park. This 2-star hostel offers a shared kitchen, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is set 300 metres from Nagasaki Station. All rooms are fitted with a kettle, while 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, 39 km from ROUTE - Cafe and Petit Hostel.
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    • Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort
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      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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    • Candeo Hotels Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown
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      Candeo Hotels Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown is located in Nagasaki, within 4 km of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and 4.6 km of Peace Park. Featuring a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is set 1.5 km from Nagasaki Station. The units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. At Candeo Hotels Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers a range of wellness facilities including a sauna, a hot tub and a spa centre. Speaking English and Japanese, staff are always on hand to help at the 24-hour front desk. Popular points of interest near Candeo Hotels Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown include Nagasaki Museum of History, Oura Catholic Church and Glover Garden. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 38 km from the hotel.
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    • GRAND BASE Nagasaki Nakamachi
      Mid-range
      Set within 400 metres of Nagasaki Station and 600 metres of Nagasaki Museum of History, GRAND BASE Nagasaki Nakamachi offers rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Nagasaki. It is situated 3 km from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and features a lift. The aparthotel has family rooms. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with bidet and slippers. Free WiFi is accessible to all guests, while some rooms also feature a balcony. At the aparthotel, units come with bed linen and towels. Peace Park is 3.6 km from the aparthotel, while Oura Catholic Church is 2.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 39 km from GRAND BASE Nagasaki Nakamachi.
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    • Nagasaki House Burabura
      Budget-friendly
      Although this property is not located in central Nagasaki, guests can enjoy the views of the ocean and sunrise as well as the surrounding nature at Nagasaki House Burabura. The property features free WiFi, a restaurant and barbecue. Guests can take a bus straight from Nagasaki station that leaves every 20 minutes to arrive at the property. Rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom. There is a shared lounge at the property. Free private parking is available on site. Bike hire is available at this guest house and the area is popular for fishing. Hashima Island is 8 km from Nagasaki House Burabura. Glover Garden is 10 km from Nagasaki House Burabura, while Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is 9 km away. The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport, 24 km from Nagasaki House Burabura.
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