Nagasaki Prefecture lies in the northwestern
of Kyushu, the third-largest island of Japan
most southwesterly of its four main islands, and
consists of five peninsulas and numerous islands.
With the sea in between, it stands face-to-face
with a continent, part of which is China, and the
Korean Peninsula. It has therefore long been an
important transportation point facing the
continent of Asia. Ports for trade with Portugal
and Holland were also established there in the
16th century. In addition, since it was once the
center of Christian propagation, there are many
exotic historical ruins and buildings that still
remain within the prefecture.
half of the total land area of the prefecture
consists of 971 inhabited and uninhabited islands.
The prefecture has many scenic spots, such as the
Kujuku-shima Islands, a part of Saikai National
Park, and Fugen-dake, the principal peak of the
volcano Unzen-dake, which is situated right in the
center of the Shimabara-hanto Peninsula. Huis Ten
Bosch, a residential-style resort modeled after a
mediaeval 17th century Dutch town, is also known
as a popular tourist spot.
City, which is the heart of the Nagasaki-hanto
Peninsula, is a port city that developed all the
way up along the steep slope of a mountain, while
it also stretched out horizontally, hugging
Nagasaki Bay. The line of visitors attracted to
its many tourist spots never ends. Such spots
include Peace Park which tells of the facts and
memories of the horrible damage that was inflicted
by the atomic bomb and continues to appeal to the
world with its wish for peace, and the nation's
oldest wooden Christian church, O-ura Tenshu-do,
which even today exudes an exotic atmosphere.