It’s taking me a lot longer than I expected to sort out all these photos. At this rate I’ll be back in Japan again before I’m finished.

Anyway, here are some photos from Nagasaki. We drove down from Fukuoka and spent a night there.

Nagasaki is famous for being the second city on which an atomic bomb was dropped during WW2, and this was really the only reason I was interested in going there. It wasn’t at all what I expected. I’d expected a huge bustling city like Tokyo, but in fact it is very small – according to Wikipedia the population is less than half a million.


The atomic bomb museum is worth visiting. It’s not something you can really describe as “good” or “interesting” considering the subject matter – it’s just something you have to see.

The rest of the trip we just walked around looking at various other touristy things: the “Dutch Slope” where merchants from the Netherlands settled in the late 19th century; the “Meganebashi” (“Spectacles Bridge”) so called because its reflection in the water makes it look like a pair of spectacles; China Town, and the harbour area.

Previously in the Japan Diary:


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