The best and easiest way to travel around the beautiful bay city of Nagasaki is by tram. The logical place to begin is central Nagasaki in the station area, known as Daikoku-machi, which although cluttered and busy, contains dozens of shops and restaurants of interest, as well as a handful of popular and moderately-priced business hotels, including the
Hotel Wing Port Nagasaki and the
Nagasaki Orion Hotel, whose comfortable rooms are only about a one minute walk from Nagasaki Station. In addition, extra travel information is available nearby at the
Nagasaki Tourist Information Centre. After getting some maps and advice, the
26 Martyrs Memorial, in Nishizaka-machi, and Honren-ji in...
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...doesn't have a castle, a famous landscaped garden, or hot-spring spas. Rather, its charm is much more subtle. Many people in Japan -- including foreign residents -- consider this city one of the country's most beautiful. It's a place of hills rising from the deep, U-shaped harbor with boats and ferries chugging back and forth, of houses perched on terraced slopes, of small streets and distinctive neighborhoods, and of people extremely proud of their hometown. Without a doubt, Nagasaki is one of Japan's most livable cities, despite its population of 454,000 residents. It's also perhaps Japan's most cosmopolitan city, with a unique blend of outside cultures interwoven into its history, architecture,...
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