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This historical walk covers much of the history related to the influence of foreigners on Nagasaki. It starts at the Museum of History 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's 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.
As you exit the museum, turn left and continue in that direction until you reach the Nakashima River. Cross over and continue for two blocks until you reach Kofukuji Temple.
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.
Make your way back to the river, cross over to the other side and follow it to the south-west until you reach the Meganebashi Bridge
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.
Continue along the river to the south-west, cross the Dejima Bridge and turn right into the Dejima area
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.
From Dejima, make your way south east, where colorfully decorated archways mark the entrance to Chinatown
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.
Make your way to the southern end of Chinatown, then turn left onto Fukken Street
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.
After completing a loop of the Tojin Yashiki area, make your way back to Fukken Street then head south-west, under the Nagasaki Dejima Road, pass the British Anglican Church Ruins Monument, then turn left onto the Dutch Slope
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.
When you return to street level at the far end of Dutch Slope, turn sharply to your right and continue along the street. Follow the redbrick wall around to your right until you reach the shrine entrance
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.
From the Confucius Shrine's main entrance, turn left then right along a short canal. Continue past the Oura Cathedral tram stop, then cross the bridge to your left. Follow the road as it curves around to the left, then turn onto Glover Street and continue up the square-paved slope to the Oura Church
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
Take the pathway to Glover Garden
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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    • 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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