Category Archives: Kyushu

Using Bullet Trains (Shinkansen) in Japan: Nagasaki to Osaka

I am certainly not the first to comment on how Japanese trains are a model of efficiency, cleanliness and speed. If the train schedule says 1:30p, the train will whoosh into the station at 1:30p exactly. Gates open, people board

Glover Garden and “Hollander” Slope in Nagasaki

The exquisite gardens are filled with hydrangeas, Nagasaki’s official flower, a 300 year old Sago Palm Tree given by Lord Satsuma outside one of the houses, carp ponds and fountains. We missed several interesting sights inside Glover Garden: – Stones

The Glover Garden Open Air Museum, Nagasaki

It is about a 15-minute walk from Dormy Inn Hotel up steep streets to what is called a “Slant Elevator” (video). Enter the elevator which rises on a slant similar to a funicular to exit at an overlook leading to Glover

Atomic Bomb Peace Park in Nagasaki

Matsuyama-Machi in the northern part of Nagasaki is one of several tram/streetcar stops for Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, one of the most important landmarks in Nagasaki. An A-Bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, and

Archaeology Center in Former Dutch Trading Post of Dejima, Nagasaki

The former stone Warehouse in Dejima was built between 1853-1860. It is believed that the building was used as a warehouse for overseas exports after many Japanese ceramics were unearthed at this location. Now an Archaeology Center or Museum (#13

The Former Trading Post of Dejima, Nagasaki

Dejima is an artificial island constructed in 1636 in Nagasaki port to segregate Portuguese residents from the Japanese population and control the spread of Christianity. The Portuguese were interned here until 1639 when their ships were banned from Japan by the