If you are planning a cruise to Japan then don’t miss out on a visit to the city of Nagasaki.
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Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city on the island of Kyushu in Japan. However, it hasn’t always been so big – it was originally a small fishing village surrounded by harbours.
For many travellers, the first thing they associate with Nagasaki is the tragedy and destruction of war. In 1945 approximately 75,000 people died when the city was a site of a historic nuclear attack in World War 2. A trip to this city would be incomplete without a visit to the scenes of atomic devastation – the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum draw travellers from around the globe.
The focal point of the Peace Memorial Park is the huge “Peace Statue”, a 10-tonne bronze statue which was erected in memory of the victims of the bomb, and as a symbol of world peace. The statue dominates this tranquil park.
Above the Peace Park is the Atomic Bomb Museum, a sombre place which tells the sobering story of this important part of history. Containing photographs and artefacts such as mangled rocks, clothing, pottery and a clock stopped at 11.02 (the time of the bombing) – this museum is inevitably an emotive experience, but an absolute must-see when visiting Nagasaki.
Beyond the reminders of destruction, there is also much more to experience in Nagasaki. This is now a vibrant city with a fantastic spirit, boasting East-meets-West culinary delights as well as temples, shrines and churches.
The hilltop Oura Catholic Church is the only Western building to be designated as a national treasure. Japan’s oldest church, it was built in 1864 during the Edo period when the church was designed to appeal to the community of foreign merchants. Now it is as much a museum as a place of worship, with highlights being the Gothic altar and an oil painting of 26 martyrs.
Also well worth a visit is the Shofuku-ji temple, which is surrounded by serene gardens and features an arched stone gate which dates back to 1657. The main building was reconstructed in 1715 and particularly fascinating is the onigawara (ogre-covered) wall and the book-burning kiln. There are also spectacular views of the Nagasaki port from this temple.
Experience all this fascinating city has to offer with Cruise 1st Australia. Cruise lines currently sailing to Nagasaki include Royal Caribbean International and Princess Cruises.
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Hong Kong, Japan and Mount Fiji – Fly/Stay/Cruise
Flying with Royal Caribbean International on board Voyager of the Seas
14th April 2015 for 14 nights
Sailing from Singapore Harbour Front you will then continue to Nha Trang, Hong Kong Ocean Terminal, Taipei and Nagasaki before finishing in Tokyo. This fantastic offer includes a hotel stay in Tokyo and a free tour to Mount Fuji.
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