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This historical walk covers much of the history related to the influence of foreigners on Nagasaki. It starts at the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture where visitors can get a basic understanding if they don't have it yet, and then visits important sites related to the various elements of the city's history, including the two former districts reserved for foreigners, Chinatown and Dejima, and finally the residential areas of the Western traders around the Dutch Slope and Glover Garden.

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Start at the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
Well-done museum about the history of Nagasaki 1 hour
This modern and well-executed museum is a great place to learn the basics of Nagasaki's history. Largely focusing on the city's history as a center of trade, its large permanent exhibition is divided into sections dedicated to major historical trade partners - China, Korea and the Netherlands.
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10 minutes
Kofukuji Temple
Buddhist temple in the Teramachi district 20 minutes
The oldest of the Chinese-founded temples in the city, Kofukuji was founded in 1620. It is the birthplace of the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism in Japan, and shows a strong Chinese influence in its architecture.
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5 minutes
Meganebashi Bridge
Elegant bridge in central Nagasaki 5 minutes
Originally built in 1634, the Meganebashi Bridge is the most remarkable of several stone bridges spanning the Nakashima River. Its name describes the two circles created by the bridge and its reflection, resembling a pair of spectacles.
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10 minutes
Dejima
Former district reserved for Dutch traders 20-40 minutes
Originally a man-made island in the Nagasaki port, Dejima was where Dutch traders were confined to during Japan's two centuries of isolation. Now absorbed by land reclamation, the district offers a number of historical buildings, including residences and warehouses.
Walk
5 minutes
Chinatown
Shinchi, Nagasaki's Chinatown 20-30 minutes
The oldest of three Chinatowns in Japan, Nagasaki's Chinatown covers most of a single city block and is packed with Chinese shops and restaurants. The area has four gates to the north, south, east and west, each decorated in red lacquer and a figure from Chinese legend.
Walk
5 minutes
Tojin Yashiki
Atmospheric neighborhood with some attractive Chinese-style architecture 30 minutes
Now a quiet residential area, this was formerly the site of a compound where Chinese merchants were required to live during the Edo Period. A number of homes and small temples showing Chinese influence make it a pleasant area for a stroll.
Walk
10 minutes
Dutch Slope
Pleasant area along a slope, with several European-style mansions 10-30 minutes
After Nagasaki Port was opened to foreign traders in 1859, many wealthy merchants from overseas built attractive residences in the European style along this long uphill road. A few of the buildings remain and are open to the public as cafes and museums.
Walk
5 minutes
Nagasaki Confucius Shrine
Shrine dedicated to Confucius 30 minutes
Built by Nagasaki's Chinese immigrant community in 1863, this shrine is one of just a handful in Japan dedicated to the philosopher Confucius. Inside the entrance is a small garden with a pond, statues of 72 disciples and a richly decorated main hall housing a statue of Confucius himself. At the rear of the complex is a museum dedicated to relations between China and Japan.
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10 minutes
Oura Church
Japan's most famous Christian church 30 minutes
Built in 1864 in an attractive European style, the Oura Church honors the 26 Christian Martyrs and is considered the oldest standing church in Japan. To the right of the church is a museum with artifacts and old documents relating to Christianity in Japan
Walk
5 minutes
Glover Garden
Open air park exhibiting Western mansions 1-2 hours
Located at the top of Glover Hill with views of the Nagasaki Harbor, Glover Garden is an open-air museum containing several former merchant residences, most importantly that of the Scottish industrialist Thomas Glover.
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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
      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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    • 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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