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Discover this Secret Love Shrine Located on a Secluded Island in Nagasaki!

There are many secret Shinto shrines in Japan that can be found in locations such as deep forests, hilltops, and remote islands. They can bring people closer to nature through worship. Nagasaki Prefecture is widely known as a great place to find magnificent shrines such as the Suwa Shrine, which attracts a lot of visitors.…

Visit Hasami, Japan’s Town of Ceramics, and Join Their Spring Pottery Festival

Hasami (波佐見) is a town in Higashisonogi (東彼杵) District, Nagasaki Prefecture (長崎県) that is well known for being among the leading pottery districts in Japan. It has a rich tradition of producing ceramics for more than 400 years. During the Edo (江戸) period, porcelain was first made in Hasami and was initially produced for the…

Waterside Tranquility: Take a Break and Relax at Nagasaki Seaside Park

When you’re on holiday, do you ever feel like you’ve overdone it a bit? Perhaps you’ve tried to squeeze a five-day itinerary into a long weekend, visited three major museums in one day, and laden yourself down with souvenir shopping. If you’ve pushed yourself to the limit on your trip to Nagasaki and want to…

Learn About a Sad Part of History at This Little-Known Museum in Nagasaki

It was during the Obon festival (one of the only decent-length holidays we get all year) when a freak storm cancelled our boat across to Tomioka (and therefore, also our booking at a luxury hotel). Checking into a cheap hostel, we thought our perfect summer break had been cancelled. However, always determined to look on…

Spend Summer Island Hopping Around Japan’s Stunning Kujuku Islands!

Have you ever considered island hopping in Japan? If not, read on to find out more information on one of the beautiful places to do so. In the west coast of Kitamatsuura Peninsula is a group of islands, Kujuku Islands, designated as being a part of Saikai National Park, which is a marine park in…

Mount Unzen: A Brief Introduction to Japan’s Deadliest Mountain

Mount Unzen has been dubbed as the most lethal of all volcanoes in Japan. It is an active volcano located on the island of Kyushu, near the city of Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture. It has been recorded having several violent eruptions with many casualties. However, the place is also a popular destination for tourists due to…

Brought Back to Life: The Symbolic Reconstruction of Fukusai-ji Temple

A very old temple has been standing in Nagasaki since the mid-1600’s which harkens back to a hint of ancient mythology. It is currently known as Fukusai-ji Temple. It was reconstructed in the shape of a turtle which is known to be its iconic symbol. The shape is deeply related to the temple’s role as…

Hashima, the Favorite Abandoned Island of Hollywood

Hashima is a very small island that will offer you some breath-taking views of abandoned buildings. You can see what time and nature did to them, it is pretty intriguing. This island is also called Gunkanjima which means the Battleship Island; because of its shape. The island was long ago used as a huge undersea…

The Dutch Village in Japan: Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch or HTB has been open to public since 1992, is located in Hario island, southern part of Sasebo. Location of HTB reflects the historical relationship between the Netherlands and Japan, which began in 1609 as a trading post was opened by the Dutch in Hirado, not far from Sasebo. Highly Recommended Huis…