Nagasaki – Edge of Japan

Hi everyone,

I arrived in Nagasaki yesterday, located on the far west coast of Japan’s southernmost main island. Like Hiroshima, Nagasaki is known worldwide for being the only other city also destroyed by an atomic bomb. Nagasaki has also rebuilt itself, and chose to reconstruct many of the old districts it was famous for, including the Dutch trading port of Dejima, which for 200 years from the 1600s to 1800s, was the only entryway into Japan for all other countries as decreed by the shogunate at the time (the military ruling class).

So, I spent some time walking through Dejima, peeking in at the reconstructed Dutch houses and wandering through the streets. It was interesting to see the influences the Western world on the Japanese society back then, from gunpowder and cannons to Christianity and medical sciences.

A 'modern' samurai in Dejima? (More like an actor)

A ‘modern’ samurai in Dejima? (More like an actor)

Nagasaki is perhaps more famous sightseeing-wise for its bay area and surrounding mountains. The combination of Nagasaki city with mountains behind it and the sea in front, peppered with small islands, is a sight to see any time of the day. Even so, the night view from Mount Inasa, a 333 meter tall mountain overlooking the inlet, is said to be worth $10 million, and is designated as one of the world’s three best night cityscapes, along with Hong Kong and Monaco.

So, naturally, I went up the mountain (well, sort of. There’s a convenient ropeway) twice, both last night and today around sunset. Let’s just say the view did not disappoint. I’m almost running out of adjectives to describe the scenery I have experienced in Japan, but if I were to put one down for the view of Nagasaki at night, it would be this: sublime. It’s not that Nagasaki has skyscrapers and neon glares as glamorous as New York or Tokyo (it has many, many fewer, in fact). It’s the almost perfect balance between city life, shipyards, mountain valleys, suspension bridges, and of course the vast oceanand its many islands.

Have a look yourself:

Looking out towards the sea

Looking out towards the sea

Just before sunset

Just before sunset

Nagasaki at night...

Nagasaki at night…

Twilight over the bay and nearby islands

Twilight over the bay and nearby islands

Fun fact: the temperature at the top of Mount Inasa is decidedly colder than Nagasaki below. I had prepared for this when I went yesterday, but apparently not enough because after standing outside at the top for an hour and a half, I was almost an icicle. It was fun though seeing other people arrive at the top in shorts or skirts and instantly realize the mistake they made.

 

The lookout platform

The lookout platform

I would put the views of Nagasaki from Mount Inasa among the best experiences I’ve had so far in Japan. Purely from a visual standpoint, it really is fascinating. Even if I was freezing (sort of).

Anyway, I have one more day in Nagasaki tomorrow before I head off for the eastern part of the island.

Thanks!

Utsav

More snaps:

This couple looked like they were having their official wedding photos done. The bride did not particularly enjoy the strong wind and cold air at the lookout

This couple looked like they were having their official wedding photos done. The bride did not particularly enjoy the strong wind and cold air at the lookout

That's the moon, by the way

That’s the moon, by the way

 

 

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3 responses to “Nagasaki – Edge of Japan

  1. Bittu, Thank you for narrating your experience in Nagasaki. All pictures are amazing and your description of each picture is very vivid. Amazing writing skills. Keep it coming, we all love it. Take care.

  2. So you have seen the second city Nagasaki which was re-built
    after 1945 disaster. My observation on seeing your pictures is,
    Japan is full of scenery every where. Feel happy that you are thoroughly enjoying your visit. Daddy, Mom, Sonutai & of course
    Baba are with you to kindle your spirit.

  3. Luved the night pics 😊 of Nagasaki. Really we r learning so much abt these 2 otherwise infamous cities thru u…gd job πŸ‘
    Take care & rest well…JSK πŸ™
    Luv u ❀
    Mom

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