Nagasaki night view (Copyright)Nagasaki Prefecture Convention and Tourism Association
Nagasaki Port (Copyright)Nagasaki Prefecture Convention and Tourism Association
Hasima“also known as Gunkanjima” (Copyright)Nagasaki Prefecture Convention and Tourism Association
Nagasaki Kunchi (Copyright)Nagasaki Prefecture Convention and Tourism Association
The abundant seafood of Nagasaki (Copyright)Nagasaki Prefecture Convention and Tourism Association
Nagasaki Prefecture played an important historical role as the only gateway between Japan and the West during the Edo period, and has prospered through international exchanges and the adoption of foreign cultures.
Nagasaki Prefecture is located at the far western edge of Japan and is blessed with abundant natural beauty and gorgeous scenery. The prefecture includes 594 islands (the most of any prefecture in Japan), which make up 45.6% of Nagasaki’s land area.
The Nagasaki Prefectural Sport & Recreational Park Athletics Stadium was rebuilt before hosting the 69th National Sports Festival and the 14th National Sports Festival for People with Disabilities in 2014, the largest sports festival in Japan. Going beyond this, Nagasaki has an abundance of excellently equipped sports facilities and comfortable accommodations located all over the prefecture that serve many athletes.
The City of Nagasaki has dramatically developed with its shipbuilding industry. There remain a number of industrial heritage sites that played a significant role in the modernization of Japan, showing us a history of astounding progress. In 2015, the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining were registered as World Heritage sites. They serve as a legacy to the rapid industrialization of Japan’s heavy industries from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji era. Among them is the Glover House and Office, Japan’s oldest wooden Western-style building, which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property by the national government.
Nagasaki has been designated as one of the top three nightscapes in the world, along with Hong Kong and Monaco. Nagasaki Prefecture also has a variety of unique and exciting festivals, including folk performing arts that carry on Japanese cultural traditions and newly developed festivals and events that contribute to revitalization in the region. One of the most famous events is the Nagasaki Kunchi Festival. It has a history of more than 370 years, and has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by the national government.
Nagasaki is blessed with world-class seafood. A great variety of fish abound for each season and area, so visitors can enjoy fresh and delicious seasonal seafood whenever they come.