Among the religious sights of Nagasaki we would like to mention the Urakami Catholic Church, which was severely damaged by the explosion, but it was completely refurbished in 1981. The only building in the Gothic style is the Oura Catholic Church. Since the city has always maintained connection with European countries, they had a great impact on its culture and lifestyle. Today many people call Nagasaki the most … Open
Fans of walks in historical places would probably be interested in visiting the Shofukuji Temple Complex. Built in 1677, it is the oldest Buddhist temple in Nagasaki. During the 1945 atomic bombing, almost all Buddhist temples and monasteries in the city were destroyed, only four have managed to survive to this day. The only major reconstruction in the history of the temple was carried out in 1715. Since then, it … Open
Guests of Nagasaki can enjoy many other interesting entertainments besides visiting historical and religious sites. Subtropical Botanical Garden located on the seashore in the north of the city will be a great place for walking and admiring nature. The Botanical Garden can be visited any day free of charge. More than 2,000 plant species typical of subtropical regions are currently collected in the park. Here you can … Open
Tarafuku Asa will please all fans of a relaxed atmosphere. It is designed more like a classic bar, but in addition to a wide selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, you can try a lot of popular dishes here. The restaurant is a good choice for vegetarians, as it offers a lot of interesting dishes prepared from vegetables and mushrooms. Kagetsu, one of the most expensive and prestigious restaurants in Nagasaki, … Open
In general, local residents are known for a great love for lush holidays and celebrations, and this feature of the national culture is often made fun of, in a good sense. Solemn processions and carnivals that take place in Nagasaki are truly second to none in Japan. One of the most beautiful and magnificent holidays is the Nagasaki County Festival celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. The history of … Open
One of the most visited cultural facilities in the city is the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture opened relatively recently, in 2005. The building housing the museum is of great architectural value. It was built in the Middle Ages as the Nagasaki Magistrate's Office. During the Second World War, the building housed a bomb shelter, and after a complete renovation, a museum was opened here. In total, about … Open
Japan - moving around the country
Tourists in Japan will have absolutely no problems with movement around the city. The most popular form of public transport in the country is trains. The railway network reaches absolutely all regions of the country. The cost of ticket depends on the specific class of train, the direction, as well as on the time of day. It is worth mentioning such mode of transport as JR electric trains. They run every 5-10 minutes within a particular city or district. When you purchase a train ticket, it is necessary to keep it with you until the end of the trip, since you will need to re-punch the ticket at the exit. In large cities, you can move around using monorails.
Overview of festivals and celebrations in Japan
On July 7th, Tanabata known as the Star Festival is held in Japan. According to legend, it was on this night that the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the Weaver Stars (Vega) and Cowherd Star (Altair)) who were previously separated by the Milky Way meet just once a year. The Japanese write down their wishes on paper tapes which they subsequently tie around the stems of wild bamboo. The Buddhist Obon Festival is a three-day celebration (August 13-15) dedicated to the commemoration of the dead. The Japanese believe that on these nights, the souls of the dead come to visit the living. During this time, festive services are held in temples. Refreshments are exhibited at the home altars and lights are lit at the entrances to the houses. They believe that by doing this, the soul can go to their light. In the evenings, traditional ritual dances are held in the Parks. The end of the holiday is marked with a ceremony of floating lanterns when a lot of paper lanterns with candles inside float on the water to lead the souls of the deceased back to the realm of the dead.