Nagasaki City 長崎市

During Japan's period of isolation (1641-1858), Nagasaki was the only port where trade with Europe and China flourished. The port is still busy, as many cruise ships call here. Enduring tragic events such as Christian martyrdom and the atomic bombing, present-day Nagasaki has completely recovered, becoming a city of great beauty. To learn about Nagasaki's message of World Peace, take a visit to the Atomic Bomb Museum, the National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, the Peace Park, Urakami Cathedral and the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park where sakura cherry trees are in full bloom in springtime. The cosmopolitan port town of Nagasaki City, surrounded on three sides by mountains is packed with charming sightseeing spots, fascinating historical sites, delicious food, and photogenic scenery that has even attracted famous movie directors.

∗ Nagasaki City Official Tourism Website

Nagasaki area pamphret

Sasebo City 佐世保市

Sasebo features the Saikai National Park and houses resorts including the Saikai Pearl Sea Resort where visitors can enjoy cruising through the hundreds of islands, try out pearl picking and visit aquariums. Sasebo is also home to one of Japan's most popular theme parks, Huis Ten Bosch, which is famous for seasonal flower festivals with millions of tulips, roses and hydrangeas, as well as the "Kingdom of Light" illumination show, all of which take place in the spacious park, modeled on a Dutch town. The center of Sasebo City is known for its attractive shopping areas, bars, and food influenced by the presence of the U.S. Navy base. The traditional Mikawachi-Yaki pottery town is located about half an hour's drive from the city.

∗ Nagasaki SASEBO/OJIKA Travel Guide
∗ Japan the official guide Hirado
∗ Japan the official guide SaseboArea

Hirado City 平戸市

Besides its natural beauty, Hirado City also has a rich history as Japan's first overseas trading center: visited by the missionary Francisco de Xavier and the 'English samurai' William Adams, this city offers many tourist attractions including Hirado Castle and the Dutch Trading Post. This place is also a birthplace of Japanese green tea, and you can enjoy the original Samurai-style green tea ceremony at Matsura Historical Museum. Beside the museum, the photogenic "View of Temples and a Catholic Church" illustrates the island's history of "East meeting West". Part of the island is a national park where you can enjoy various activities including net fishing, sea kayaking and horse riding on white sand beaches, and swimming in clear blue oceans. Trekking to Kawachi Pass to see the 360-degree view of the islands and mountains is another popular activity. Food buffs can also get their fill with specialties such as Hirado Beef, fresh fish, and seafood.

∗ Hirado City Official Website
∗ JNTO Page about Hirado Area

Hirado/Matsuura area pamphret

Shimabara Peninsula 島原半島

In 1934, the Shimabara Peninsula became Japan's first national park, called "Unzen." In 2009, the "Unzen Volcanic Area Global Geopark" became Japan's first global geopark. In addition to its many historical sites, the peninsula is also full of beautiful places to enjoy the four seasons, as well as three types of onsen hot spring. Watch the smoke rising at "Unzen Jigoku" (Unzen Hell) in Unzen Onsen, relax at Japan's longest footbath while enjoying the sunset at Obama Onsen, or visit Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall, and take a walk through the former castle town in Shimabara Onsen.

∗ Shimabara Peninsula Tourism Association
∗ Obama Hot Spring Tourism Association
∗ Unzen Tourist Association
∗ Shimabara Tourism Association
∗ Arima Chrisitan Heritage Museum -The Unknown Christian History in Japan-

Shimabara/Unzen/Obama area pamphret

Omura City and Isahaya City 大村市・諫早市

Omura City is famous for its flower festivals where visitors can enjoy with various flowers including Sakura Cherry blossoms and Japanese irises throughout the seasons. Omura is also known for its castle town and the best place to enjoy fresh fish from Omura bay. Fruits picking and farm stay are the most popular activities in Omura.
Isahaya City is surrounded by three oceans : Ariake sea, Tachibana Bay and Omura Bay with cosmos and azalea blooms on seasons.

∗ Omura City Official Website
∗ Isahaya City Official Website (in Japanese)
∗ About Isahaya City (In English)

Isahaya/Omura area pamphret

Goto Islands 五島列島

The Goto Islands, an archipelago of 140 islands, are located in the East China Sea, far west of Nagasaki City. The five main islands are Fukue, Hisaka, Naru, Wakamatsu and Nakadori. A trip to the Goto Islands will move your heart in ways you cannot experience in big cities. A small church standing by a placid creek; the panoramic beauty of nature - on these islands of prayer and healing, the churches dotted across the landscape blend in with the archetypal Japanese scenery. The churches are a part of the "Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki" bid for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another distinctive feature is the local food culture, including seafood and Goto's hand-pulled noodles.

∗ Goto City Tourism Association
∗ Shinkami Goto Town (in Japanese)
∗ JNTO Page about Goto Islands

Goto area pamphret

Iki 壱岐

Iki, an island blessed with pristine nature and ancient legends will transport you to the ancient wonders of Japan. The island is located at the northern end of Kyushu in the Genkai Sea, within the Iki-Tsushima Quasi-National Park. Explore the remains of an ancient Japanese settlement inhabited 2000 years ago. Discover the creation myth of Japan among the mysterious shrines, and experience the natural wonder of the exquisite beaches and uninhabited islands. Iki is equally a treasure trove of food culture, boasting fresh seafood, local delicacies and shochu liquor.

∗ Iki City Tourism Association

Iki area pamphret

Tsushima 対馬

The island of Tsushima is the closest part of Japan to South Korea, and has played an important role in corresponding with the Asian continent since ancient times. Forests cover 89 percent of the island, making Tsushima a great destination for nature-lovers. There is much native flora and fauna including the Tsushima Leopard Cat, an endangered wild cat. The vivid blue sea, deep green mountains and historical sites attract both domestic and international visitors all year round.

∗ Tsushima City

Tsushima area pamphret