After a morning pickup from your hotel, make your way to Dejima, built in the 17th century to constrain foreign traders as part of the Edo-era sakoku (a self-imposed isolationist policy). During the Edo period, the government banished all foreigners from Japan, but Dejima was an exception, opened to the world as a Dutch trading post on a fan-shaped, man-made island in Nagasaki port.
Take a look at the Catholic Ōura Church from outside. Then, head to Oranda-zaka, also known as the Dutch Slope for its pleasant hillside flagstone streets that were settled by Dutch merchants in the late 19th century. You’ll also see the western-style house at Higashi-Yamate 12.
Admire the Meganebashi (Megane Bridge) over Nakashima River after a visit to Glover Garden. Built for a Scottish merchant in the 19th century, the park contains the oldest existing western-style house in Japan. The structure is often called the Madame Butterfly House for its resemblance to Puccini’s opera.
Continue to Nagasaki Peace Park, which was built to commemorate the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945. See the adjacent Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum near the center of the historic event. Then, finish with a 5pm drop-off at your hotel or another Nagasaki location of your choice. Read the Itinerary for approximate timings through the day.Approximate Itinerary Timings:
• 9am: Pickup from your Nagasaki hotel or other city location
• 9:30am-10:30am: Dejima
• 10:40am-11:10am: Dutch slope and western-style house at Higashi-Yamate 12
• 11:30am-11:40am: Ōura Catholic church (exterior visit)
• 11:40am-12:40pm: Glover Garden
• 1pm-2pm: Lunch (own expense)
• 2:30pm-3pm: Meganebashi and Nakashima River
• 3:30pm-4:30pm: Nagasaki Peace Park and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
• 5pm: Drop-off at your Nagasaki hotel or other city location