Nagasaki has all the charm and strangeness you would expect from a religiously, culturally and historically diverse Japanese port city. Situated in western Kyushu, Nagasaki is a window into the world of Japan’s early trade with the West and its Edo Period (1603-1868) isolation, and a time capsule for the consequences of the world’s second atomic bomb.

Nestled between two mountain ranges, Nagasaki (literally “long cape”) is named for its shape. Starting at Nagasaki Station, you will find yourself on a central road that runs from the top to the bottom of the city. It’s best to divide your trip by region. Look to the north, look to the south, think about the possibilities. And now look to Hamamachi and Chinatown in the east — because that’s where you’ll find dinner.

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