Glover House, Nagasaki. Photo by Chris 73. CC BY-SA 3.0.
Kyushu, Nagasaki, Parks and Gardens

Glover Garden

Glover Garden (グラバー園) is a park and museum, located on a hillside in Nagasaki‘s Minamiyamate area. The park, which belonged to the prominent Scottish merchant Thomas Blake Glover, has a magnificent view over Nagasaki city and harbor. It contains a number of old western-style houses, of which the most prominent is Glover’s own former villa. …

Nagasaki China Town. © touristinjapan.com
Kyushu, Nagasaki, Neighbourhoods

Nagasaki Chinatown

Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown is an area in central Nagasaki, which used to be home to Chinese traders during the Edo period. Today it is a typical colorful “chinatown” district, full of restaurants and shops. During the Edo period (1603-1868), Japan had a “closed country” policy (Sakoku). This policy meant that nearly all foreigners were prohibited …

Dutch Slope, Nagasaki. © touristinjapan.com
Kyushu, Nagasaki, Neighbourhoods

Dutch Slope, Nagasaki

The Dutch Slope, or The Hollander Slope, is a specific paved street leading up a hillside in Nagasaki‘s Higashiyamate neighborhood. The surrounding area was inhabited by wealthy western merchants after Japan opened it’s ports for foreign trade in 1859. The area still has a few original residences from that time, some of which can be …

Nagasaki Sofukuji Temple. © touristinjapan.com
Kyushu, Nagasaki, Temples and Shrines

Sofuku-ji Temple

Sofuku-ji is an Ōbaku zen temple located in Nagasaki City in Nagasaki Prefecture. The temple was constructed in 1629 to serve Chinese people living in Nagasaki. It later became Japanese, so the architecture is an interesting mix of Chinese and Japanese styles. The complex has numerous important cultural assets, among them two national treasures; the …

Kōshi-byō, Nagasaki Confucius Shrine. © touristinjapan.com
Kyushu, Nagasaki, Temples and Shrines

Kōshi-byō, Nagasaki Confucius Shrine

The Confucius Shrine in Nagasaki is a Chinese shrine, dedicated to the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius (551–479 BC). The shrine dates back to 1893, when it was first constructed by the Chinese community in Nagasaki. It is a beautiful example of Chinese architecture, and stands as a colorful contrast to the traditional Japanese shrines. Already as …

Shikoku Private Onsen Ryokans. Photo by Wei-Te Wong. CC BY-SA 2.0.
Shikoku, Staying

17 Ryokans with Private Onsen in Shikoku

In this article you find a selection of the best ryokans in Shikoku. All the listed properties have rooms with private outdoor baths (many with onsen water). Shikoku is one of Japans most rural regions, and with a mountainous landscape Shikoku is home to some Ryokans with amazing, undisturbed views. Amongst the best known onsen areas in Shikoku are Dogo …

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Entrance. © touristinjapan.com
Attractions, Kyushu, Nagasaki

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, located in Nagasaki City, is a museum dedicated to remembering the traumatic day in 1945, when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The museum displays artifacts from the bombing, and explains the events leading up to the bombing. The museum has numerous photos of Nagasaki before the bombing, …

Hokkaido ryokans with private onsen. Photo by 663highlands. CC BY-SA 3.0.
Hokkaido, Staying

19 Ryokans with Private Onsen in Hokkaido

This article lists a selection of the best ryokans in Hokkaido. All the listed properties have private onsen baths (indoor or outdoor). Hokkaido with it’s snowy winters and pleasant summers is a fantastic all-season location for onsen bathers. Amongst the best known onsen towns in Hokkaido are Noboribetsu, Jozankei Onsen, Lake Toyako Onsen and Yunokawa Onsen. Staying in a Ryokan with …