“Nagasaki” literally means “long cape.” Visit Nagasaki Peace Park and its commemorative memorials. Explore the history of this famous port city, taste the local flavors, marvel at the views from a high hill observatory during our one-day shore excursion in Nagasaki.
Our Japan shore excursions are designed by Western destination experts who live in Japan along with local Japanese tour specialists to showcase all the best attractions in Japan and provide a unique understanding of Japan from a Western perspective. In particular, we know where to find cherry blossoms and autumn leaves in Nagasaki that most cruise lines do not emphasize in their shore excursion programs.
Discover Nagasaki, a vibrant port city on the island of Kyushu. Learn more about its tragic past tied to the atomic bombing in early August of 1945.
The best place to see the cherry blossom is the Gubara Garden, or Glover Garden, the the setting of the story in Puccini's world-famous opera "Madame Butterfly". The Glover Garden area is a collection of western homes and buildings reassembled around the house of the Scottish entrepreneur Thomas Blake Glover.
Don't miss out the Oura Church, a UNESCO World Heritage. The Basilica of the Twenty-Six Holy Martyrs of Japan also Ōura Church is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and Co-cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan, built soon after the end of the Japanese government's Seclusion Policy in 1853. It is also known as the Church of the 26 Japanese Martyrs.
No visit to Nagasaki is complete without honoring the victims of the atomic bombing and appreciation of world peace in the Nagasaki Peace Park, where numerous commemorative memorials are displayed. End your Nagasaki shore trip excursion by checking out the scenic views of this port city from Mt. Inasayama.
Cruise passengers: You may get this excursion for FREE if you book the cruise through us or transferring your existing reservation to us (meaning we are your travel agent who booked the cruise for you with nothing changed). Please contact us to learn how.
*Departure times may vary.
09:00 Depart from Nagasaki Port
09:15 - 12:15 Visit Guraba En (also called Glover Garden), a park in Nagasaki, Japan, built for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant who contributed to the modernization of Japan in shipbuilding, coal mining, and other fields. This is the setting of the story in Puccini's world-famous opera "Madame Butterfly".
12:30 - 1:30 Head on to Nagasaki Oura Church, World Heritage site. Have lunch in the area;
2:30 - 15:30 Visit the Nagasaki Peace Park anstory's settingd the commemorative memorials in its complex.
15:40 Return to Nagasaki Port
Nagasaki 7-16 Matsugaemachi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki 850-0921
We highly recommend that you book our shore excursions now if you will be taking a cruise in 2024. 2023 has already seen large crowds, and 2024 will see even more. We expect many tourists will be unable to book their shore excursions in 2024, so please make your plan as soon as possible.
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