Nagasaki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on Kyushu Island. The capital is the city of Nagasaki.
During the 16th century, Catholic missionaries and traders from Portugal arrived and centerd in Hirado and Nagasaki. From then, Nagasaki became a major economic force for foreign trade, and major military base and shipbuilding center.
On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, and extensively damaged other parts of the city. Roughly 39,000 people were killed, including 27,778 Japanese munitions workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers.
Unzen Onsen is famous for Onsen and you can walk around Jigoku.
One of the most impressive and curious places in Nagasaki is the Sanno Shrine because the main torii (gateway to the shrine) maintains only one pillar.
The Suwa shrine in Nagasaki was founded in 1614 under the order of the Tokugawa shogun as a way to expel the Christian faith from the region. During the Edo period, Nagasaki was one of the few places where there was contact with foreigners.
Although Shimabara has been plagued by (man-made) disasters in its history, it is a nice town to visit when you are traveling through Kyushu. The upside to being in a seismically active area is that there are also plenty of natural hot springs to be found.
Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki
In Nagasaki, very close to where the epicenter of the explosion if the atomic bomb was, is the Atomic Bomb Museum. What happened on August 6 and 9, 1945 should never be repeated, and this museum explains in detail why.
Nagasaki Peace Park
One of the most emotional places in Japan is the so-called Peace Park (Heiwa Koen in Japanese). It is located in Nagasaki, a few minutes' walk from the atomic bomb museum and it commemorates the victims of the atomic bombing in Nagasaki
Monument For the 26 Martyrs
Around 1549, Christian missionaries started arriving from Europe. They usually came from countries such as Spain and Portugal, whose objective was to spread the word of the church.
City of Nagasaki
The city of Nagasaki is especially known for being one of the two cities that was bombed with an atomic bomb during WW2, and this fact overshadows its long history as an ancient point of contact with the Portuguese and the Dutch.