Nagasaki, Japan - Far East Cruises

Japan’s first contact with the West came in the form of Portuguese explorers and Jesuit missionaries. Dutch merchants followed. Apprehensive shoguns closed Japan to foreign trade - except at Nagasaki. Stop by Peace Park for a moment of serenity, or visit the Confucian Shrine to see the influence that the Chinese community has on Nagasaki.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Shimabara Peninsula

    Tour the ancient castle of Shimabara, before strolling through a Samurai house that preserves the ways of the warrior class.

    Shimabara Peninsula

    Sit back and relax as your panoramic drive takes you east out of Nagasaki, passing the Ariake Bay to the mountainous Shimabara peninsula.

    The city of Shimabara is a classic 17th century 'castle town' with its formidable Shimabara Castle. Tour the impressive castle and visit the small museum, which features an exhibit on early Christianity in Japan, as well as feudal swords and armour. Take part in a walking tour of Shimabara where a few Samurai houses have survived feudal times in the Teppo-cho district.

    After a Japanese luncheon served at a local restaurant or hotel, visit the remains of the small village of Mizunashi Honjin, buried by ashes during an eruption of Mount Fugen in 1991. A few roofs remain visible above the ash and debris. The village has been preserved as a memorial to those who lost their lives.

    Upon your return to Nagasaki your final stop will be at the Peace Memorial Park.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Shimabara peninsula is approximately two hours. Views of Ariake Bay are weather dependant. There is approximately two hours of walking involved on this tour and comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.

    Tour code

    NGS_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Memorial & Mount Inasa Cable Car

    Explore Nagasaki's Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum and enjoy fabulous views during a cable car ride on Mount Inasa.

    Memorial & Mount Inasa Cable Car

    Embark on a journey of discovery, as you drive through the city of Nagasaki to the Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum.

    On the 9th August 1945, Nagasaki became the 2nd city to suffer a nuclear attack. The Peace Memorial Park is located near Ground Zero, the centre of the blast, and is home to a beautiful memorial fountain and the 30 foot Statue of Peace. With your guide you’ll visit the Atomic Bomb Museum, which displays photographs taken from around the city immediately after the atomic blast, as well as artefacts that survived the explosion.

    Back onboard your coach, you’ll pass by the famed one-legged Torii Gate en route to the Mount Inasa Cable Car. At 1093 feet above sea level, Inasa is the best viewpoint in Nagasaki. Hop aboard the cable car to experience fabulous panoramic views over the beautiful harbour and City.


    This tour includes approximately 2½ hours of walking with some steps to negotiate. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please remember to take local currency for any purchases. This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war. Mount Inasa Cable Car is not wheelchair accessible. View from Mt Inasa is weather dependent.

    Tour code

    NGS_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Panoramic Nagasaki

    Take in the sights of Nagasaki on this scenic drive of the city.

    Panoramic Nagasaki

    From the Mount Inasa Lookout enjoy a panoramic view of Nagasaki, its deep-water bay and the surrounding hills. Downtown, pass the Atomic Bomb Museum, Urakami Catholic Church and the one-legged Torii Gate.

    Stop for a short time at the Peace Memorial Park, located near Ground Zero, the centre of the blast, and home to a beautiful memorial fountain and the Peace Statue. Sculptor, Seibou Kitamura, a citizen of Nagasaki prefecture, created the statue as a symbol of the divine love and mercy of Buddha. Every year on 9th August a peace memorial ceremony is conducted in front of the statue and a peace declaration is made to the people of the world.

    Approximately one-third of Nagasaki city was destroyed and 150,000 people killed or injured. It was said at the time that this area would be devoid of vegetation for 75 years. Now, the hypocentre remains as an international peace park and a symbol of the aspiration for world harmony.


    There is very little walking involved in this tour. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.

    Tour code

    NGS_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Nagasaki Memorial Tour

    Visit the hypocentre of the atomic bomb explosion, the Atomic Bomb Museum and the Peace Memorial Park.

    Nagasaki Memorial Tour

    The Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park is built on a low hill to the north of the hypocentre of the atomic bomb explosion of 9 August 1945. The Park was created to represent the wish for world peace and a vow that such a tragic war would never be repeated. The 30-foot-high Peace Statue was constructed in 1955 thanks to donations from all over the world, symbolising the wish for peace. The raised right hand points to the heavens to signify the threat of atomic weapons, while the left arm is raised horizontally to symbolise eternal peace. The closed eyes represent a prayer for the repose of the souls of all atomic bomb victims.

    Located near the Park, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum displays photographs and relics of the blast: the Museum illustrates the horror of nuclear weapons and the preciousness of peace. The Atomic Bomb Hypocentre marks the centre of the atomic blast which levelled the city.

    Pass by the Urakami Cathedral, the magnificently rebuilt church and learn about the one-legged Torii Gate.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.Please be advised that the Museum exhibits sensitive material including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war, photography is not permitted. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking involved on this tour and comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.

    Tour code

    NGS_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • The Best of Nagasaki

    Enjoy a full day discovering the city of Nagasaki, including the Peace Park and the Glover Garden.

    The Best of Nagasaki

    After a panoramic drive of Nagasaki, visit the Peace Memorial Park built to commemorate the atomic bomb explosion of 1945, and see the Peace Statue funded by donations from all over the world. Located near the Peace Park, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum features many photographs and relics of the atomic bomb, while the Atomic Bomb Hypocentre nearby marks the centre of the atomic blast which leveled the city.

    Visit the Dejima Museum of History - originally an artificial island. The Dutch outpost of Dejima was Japan's only contact with the western world for over 200 years.

    After a Japanese-style luncheon, discover the Glover Garden, located in Nagasaki's old foreign settlement and home to a number of historic buildings. Chief amongst them is the 1863 Glover House, the oldest example of western wooden architecture in Japan. Tour the gardens and the historical buildings, some of which are furnished in period décor, while others display 19th century photographs of Nagasaki. Following your visit, enjoy a leisurely stroll back to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that the Atomic Bomb Museum exhibits sensitive material including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war, and that photography is not permitted. This tour involves approximately four hours of walking, some uphill and on uneven surfaces. Comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.

    Tour code

    NGS_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

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