Yet, for all Nagasaki’s noteworthy cultural highlights, there’s no getting away from the city’s dark moments. It was here, in 1945, where an atomic bomb killed thousands of people, and decimated much of the city’s historic architecture. Since then, the city has been rebuilt and its population has recovered, which is a great testament to the strength and resilience of its people.
Today, Nagasaki has retained its welcoming atmosphere, with the legacy of the atomic bomb bringing locals and visitors together in a collective hope for peace. Encircled by mountains and coastline, the city is beloved for its serene natural beauty – making it the perfect place to revel in picture-postcard Japan.
If you’re counting the days until your visit to the land of the rising sun, discover the highlights of Nagasaki in our in-depth visitor guide, where we’ll be exploring the city’s architecture, culture, history and food.