in 1-18 Minamiyamatemachi, , 6-12 Uwamachi, , Kagomachi 9-24, 6-38 Motoshikkuimachi, , 9-2 Motofunamachi, , 2-4 Kanayamachi, , 2-4 Yoriaimachi, , 2190 Mogimachi, , 2-13 Dejima-machi, , 9-43 Nishiyamahommachi, 6-23 Gotomachi, , 4-11 Hamamachi, HAMACROSS411, 5-35 Gotomachi, , 13-10 Shinchimachi, , 4-16 Hiranomachi, , 8-17 Kabashimamachi, , 1-6 Chitose-machi, , 5-27 Oka-machi, , 2-1 Daikokumachi, , 14-5 Daikokumachi, , 8-1 Motofunamachi, , 2-25 Ebisu-machi, , 2-16-1 Tateyama, , 9-2 Daikoku-machi, , 3-3 Hiranomachi, , 1-1 Onouecho, , 3-8 Dejimamachi, , Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide


1-18 Minamiyamatemachi, , 6-12 Uwamachi, , Kagomachi 9-24, 6-38 Motoshikkuimachi, , 9-2 Motofunamachi, , 2-4 Kanayamachi, , 2-4 Yoriaimachi, , 2190 Mogimachi, , 2-13 Dejima-machi, , 9-43 Nishiyamahommachi, 6-23 Gotomachi, , 4-11 Hamamachi, HAMACROSS411, 5-35 Gotomachi, , 13-10 Shinchimachi, , 4-16 Hiranomachi, , 8-17 Kabashimamachi, , 1-6 Chitose-machi, , 5-27 Oka-machi, , 2-1 Daikokumachi, , 14-5 Daikokumachi, , 8-1 Motofunamachi, , 2-25 Ebisu-machi, , 2-16-1 Tateyama, , 9-2 Daikoku-machi, , 3-3 Hiranomachi, , 1-1 Onouecho, , 3-8 Dejimamachi, , Nagasaki, Japan

107.65 USD

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4 hrs


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Overview
  • Explore Nagasaki with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will help you efficiently enjoy a full-day walking tour of Nagasaki and introduce both modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient Japanese city.

    Your guide will pick you up in the morning at your hotel in Nagasaki, or anywhere else at your convenience, and take you to visit Nagasaki's famous sites.

    Along with atomic bombing of Nagasaki during WWII, this city's history features many prominent events. You can learn about this and other interesting aspects during this Half-day walking tour accompanied by your privte guide.

    Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
    Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Location
  • Around:
    • 1-18 Minamiyamatemachi,
    • 6-12 Uwamachi,
    • Kagomachi 9-24
    • 6-38 Motoshikkuimachi,
    • 9-2 Motofunamachi,
    • 2-4 Kanayamachi,
    • 2-4 Yoriaimachi,
    • 2190 Mogimachi,
    • 2-13 Dejima-machi,
    • 9-43 Nishiyamahommachi
    • 6-23 Gotomachi,
    • 4-11 Hamamachi, HAMACROSS411
    • 5-35 Gotomachi,
    • 13-10 Shinchimachi,
    • 4-16 Hiranomachi,
    • 8-17 Kabashimamachi,
    • 1-6 Chitose-machi,
    • 5-27 Oka-machi,
    • 2-1 Daikokumachi,
    • 14-5 Daikokumachi,
    • 8-1 Motofunamachi,
    • 2-25 Ebisu-machi,
    • 2-16-1 Tateyama,
    • 9-2 Daikoku-machi,
    • 3-3 Hiranomachi,
    • 1-1 Onouecho,
    • 3-8 Dejimamachi,
    • Nagasaki, Japan
  • Pickup: Traveler pickup is offered
    This special tour will be conducted with a public transportation and cruising taxi as stated in the tour information, NOT including private vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at the meeting point on foot. If you need a private vehicle, please feel free to ask us and we will estimate an additional cost for you.


    Airports

    • Nagasaki Airport, 593 Mishimamachi, Ōmura, Nagasaki 856-0816, Japan


    Ports

    • Nagasaki Port



Categories
  • Cultural Tours
  • Historical & Heritage Tours
  • Rail Tours
  • Luxury Tours
  • Private Sightseeing Tours
  • Ports of Call Tours
  • Half-day Tours
  • Bus & Minivan Tours
  • City Tours
  • Walking Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at:
  • Duration: 4 hrs

Additional
  • Price per person: $107.65
  • Size: 1 - 15 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide, Japanese - Guide

Inclusion
  • Free Photos.
    Hotel Pick up and Drop-off.
    Licensed Local Guide

Exclusion
  • Other personal expenses.
    Lunch - Lunch (for yourself and your guide).
    Entrance fee (for yourself).
    Private Vehicle.
    Transportation fee (for yourself and your guide).
    Entry/Admission - Gunkanjima Digital Museum.
    Entry/Admission - Glover Garden.
    Entry/Admission - Sofukuji Temple.
    Entry/Admission - Dejima.
    Entry/Admission - Urakami Cathedral.
    Entry/Admission - Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture.
    Entry/Admission - Kofukuji Temple.
    Entry/Admission - Nagasaki Gokoku Shrine.
    Entry/Admission - Catholic Oura Church.
    Entry/Admission - The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations.
    Entry/Admission - Oura Catholic Church.
    Entry/Admission - Twenty-Six Christian Martyrs Monument.
    Entry/Admission - Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum

Cancellation
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Nagasaki Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Gunkanjima Digital Museum, 5-6 Matsugaemachi, Nagasaki 850-0921 Nagasaki Prefecture

Gunkanjima (軍艦島) is a small island located about 20 kilometers from Nagasaki Port. Until 1974, the island served as a coal mine, and more than 5000 residents called the 480 meter long, 150 meter wide island home, resulting in the highest population density in history recorded worldwide.

To accommodate so many people in such a small area, every piece of land was built up so that the island came to resemble a massive battleship. In fact, "Gunkanjima" is a nickname that means "battleship island" in Japanese. The island's formal name is Hashima.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Updated: October 13, 2019
As of September 23, 2019, it is not possible to land on Gunkanjima until further notice because of damage caused to the port facilities by a typhoon. Boat tours to view the island from the water are in operation.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nagasaki Peace Park, Matsuyamamachi, Nagasaki 852-8118 Nagasaki Prefecture

The Nagasaki Peace Park (平和公園, Heiwa Kōen) is a tranquil space that commemorates the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which destroyed a significant portion of the city and killed tens of thousands of inhabitants. The complex is comprised of two parks and a memorial museum.

In the center of the complex is the Hypocenter Park with a simple, black monolith that marks the explosion's epicenter. Not far from it stands a damaged pillar of the former Urakami Cathedral which was destroyed in the blast. Furthermore, there is an area that allows visitors to take a look at a layer of soil below the park's surface where broken roof tiles, bricks and pieces of glass remain from the explosion.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Inasayama Observation Deck, 364 Inasamachi, Nagasaki 852-8011 Nagasaki Prefecture

Mount Inasa (稲佐山, Inasayama) is a 333 meter high mountain close to Nagasaki's city center.

The summit can be reached by ropeway, bus or car and offers great views over the city. In fact, the night views from Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan's three best night views besides the views from Mount Hakodate and Mount Rokko. Several television and radio antennas and an observation deck with restaurant are located at the summit.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nagasaki Lantern Festival, Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown and Chuo Park,etc, Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture

The Nagasaki Kunchi (長崎くんち) is the festival of Suwa Shrine, held annually in Nagasaki on October 7-9. The festival has been celebrated for about 400 years and incorporates different aspects of Chinese and Dutch cultures, which have played a role in the city's history. The festival's name is believed to come from ku-nichi ("9th day"), the ninth day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar.

The festival's highlights are the dance and show performances by groups representing Nagasaki's various city districts. Each district (odori-cho), participates only once every seven years, so this festival remains fresh to even the regular viewer.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Glover Garden, 8-1 Minamiyamatemachi, Nagasaki 850-0931 Nagasaki Prefecture

Glover Garden (グラバー園, Glover-en) is an open air museum in Nagasaki that exhibits mansions of several of the city's former foreign residents and related buildings. It is located on the hill where Western merchants settled down after the end of Japan's era of seclusion in the second half of the 19th century.

The main attraction of the garden is the Former Glover House, the oldest Western-style wooden building in Japan. Thomas Glover (1838-1911) was a Scottish merchant who moved to Nagasaki after the opening of its port to foreign trade in 1859. He later assisted some of the revolutionaries who would eventually overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Meiji Restoration. Active in various industries, including shipbuilding and mining, Glover features prominently in the early history of Japan's industrialization.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sofukuji Temple, 7-5 Kajiyamachi, Nagasaki 850-0831 Nagasaki Prefecture

Sofukuji Temple (崇福寺, Sōfukuji) is a temple in Nagasaki belonging to the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism. Originally built in 1629 for Nagasaki's Chinese residents, the temple is constructed in a Chinese architectural style and feels somewhat different to other temples in Japan.

Sofukuji is built along the slope of a hill. At the bottom stands the temple's two-stories tall entrance gate, Ryugumon (lit. Gate of the Dragon Palace). Like the rest of the temple, it is painted bright red. The gate was originally built in 1673, but was destroyed several times by fire and storms before the most recent reconstruction was completed in 1849.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: 6-1 Dejimamachi, Nagasaki 850-0862 Nagasaki Prefecture

Dejima (出島) was a man-made island in the port of Nagasaki, constructed in 1636 to segregate Portuguese residents from the Japanese population and control their missionary activities.

A few years later, the Portuguese were expelled from Japan, and the Dutch Trading Station, formerly located in Hirado, was moved to Dejima. The Dutch were restricted to Dejima during Japan's two centuries of isolation as the only remaining Westerners allowed in the country.

Today, Dejima is not an island anymore, as the surrounding area has been reclaimed in the 20th century. However, a number of Dejima's historical structures remain or have been reconstructed in the area, including various residences, warehouses, walls and gates. The ultimate goal is to convert Dejima back into an island by digging canals around all its four sides.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture

Urakami Cathedral (浦上天主堂, Urakami Tenshudō) is a Catholic church in Nagasaki with a tragic yet interesting history. Today a working church housed in a large, European-style, red brick building, the cathedral is home to various relics that survived the atomic bombing.

The atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 and almost completely destroyed the church which stood only 500 meters from the hypocenter. A group of charred stone saints were left in place and still stand before a decimated wall in front of the cathedral. There are also other relics inside, including the surviving head of a Saint Mary statue recovered after the blast, and one of the church's original bells. The modern incarnation of the cathedral was completed in 1959.

Another intriguing facet of the cathedral's history dates back to its origins. Construction began on the complex in 1895 on the very ground where picture trampling ceremonies had previously been carried out in an attempt to root out Christianity during the era when the religion was prohibited in Japan. In those ceremonies, people were coerced into trampling on biblical images in order to expose secret Christians. The church was then erected here as a message of resilience.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, 1-1-1 Tateyama, Nagasaki 850-0007 Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture (長崎歴史文化博物館, Nagasaki Rekishi Bunka Hakubutsukan) is a well-executed, modern museum dedicated to Nagasaki's history as one of Japan's major international trading ports. The fairly large, permanent exhibition is spread over two floors and is comprised of various sections, each focusing on a different facet of Nagasaki's rich history.

During the Edo Period the Japanese government adopted isolationism, effectively cutting the country off from the rest of the world. At this time, Nagasaki became one of the only ports where international trade was permitted, namely with the Chinese and Dutch. This temporarily made the city Japan's main window to the outside world and allowed a rich economy, culture and history to flourish.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kofukuji Temple, 4-32 Teramachi, Nagasaki 850-0872 Nagasaki Prefecture

Kofukuji Temple (興福寺, Kōfukuji) is the oldest and one of the most important Chinese-founded temples in Nagasaki. Located in the city's Teramachi ("Temple Town") district, it is the birthplace of the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism in Japan and has many interesting features.

The temple was established around 1620 by a Chinese monk at a time when large numbers of Chinese merchants were coming to Nagasaki to trade. The complex was originally set up as a place to pray for safe sea travel for the merchants, and the construction is heavily influenced by Chinese architectural styles, making it feel different to other temples in Japan.

The temple grounds contain a number of buildings, including the main hall, originally built in 1632, which serves as a fine example of Chinese-style architecture of the time. A celebrated, large glass lantern imported from China, hangs from the roof of the main hall. There are various other interesting halls and structures around the grounds with explanatory signs in English.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nagasaki Gokoku Shrine, 41-67 Joeimachi, Nagasaki 852-8034 Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki Confucius Shrine (孔子廟, Kōshi-byō) is one of only a handful of shrines dedicated to the revered Chinese philosopher Confucius in Japan. The shrine was built in 1893 by Nagasaki's Chinese community. The colorful, atmospheric shrine also contains a museum at the rear of the grounds.

A small garden with a bridge and pond greets visitors at the entrance. The ornate Chinese-style buildings are adorned with yellow roofs. Flanking the shrine's courtyard stand the 72 sages, life-size stone statues that weigh around two tons each and depict Confucius' disciples. The shrine encourages visitors to find among the statues one that resembles a relative.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Catholic Oura Church, 2-18 Minamiyamatemachi, Nagasaki 850-0931 Nagasaki Prefecture

Oura Church (大浦天主堂, Ōura Tenshudō) is a Catholic church in Nagasaki. Built towards the end of the Edo Period in 1864 by a French missionary for the growing community of foreign merchants in the city, it is considered the oldest standing Christian church in Japan.

Oura Church is dedicated to the memory of the 26 Christians who were executed in the city in 1597. Today, the working church stands as an attractive example of contemporary European architecture, drawing many visitors. The church was the first Western-style building in Japan to be designated as a national treasure. The steep admission fee includes entrance to a museum about the history of Christianity in Japan.

Located in attractive old buildings to the right of the church is the Christian Museum. Included in the admission fee, the museum contains various exhibitions pertaining to the history of Oura Church and Christianity in the region and across Japan, with various artifacts and old documents on display. Explanations are predominantly in Japanese.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kofukuji Temple, 4-32 Teramachi, Nagasaki 850-0872 Nagasaki Prefecture

Kofukuji Temple (興福寺, Kōfukuji) is the oldest and one of the most important Chinese-founded temples in Nagasaki. Located in the city's Teramachi ("Temple Town") district, it is the birthplace of the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism in Japan and has many interesting features.

The temple was established around 1620 by a Chinese monk at a time when large numbers of Chinese merchants were coming to Nagasaki to trade. The complex was originally set up as a place to pray for safe sea travel for the merchants, and the construction is heavily influenced by Chinese architectural styles, making it feel different to other temples in Japan.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations, 10-36 Ouramachi, Nagasaki 850-0918 Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki Confucius Shrine (孔子廟, Kōshi-byō) is one of only a handful of shrines dedicated to the revered Chinese philosopher Confucius in Japan. The shrine was built in 1893 by Nagasaki's Chinese community. The colorful, atmospheric shrine also contains a museum at the rear of the grounds.

A small garden with a bridge and pond greets visitors at the entrance. The ornate Chinese-style buildings are adorned with yellow roofs. Flanking the shrine's courtyard stand the 72 sages, life-size stone statues that weigh around two tons each and depict Confucius' disciples. The shrine encourages visitors to find among the statues one that resembles a relative.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Oura Catholic Church, 5-3 Minami-yamatemachi, Nagasaki 850-0931 Nagasaki Prefecture

Oura Church (大浦天主堂, Ōura Tenshudō) is a Catholic church in Nagasaki. Built towards the end of the Edo Period in 1864 by a French missionary for the growing community of foreign merchants in the city, it is considered the oldest standing Christian church in Japan.

Oura Church is dedicated to the memory of the 26 Christians who were executed in the city in 1597. Today, the working church stands as an attractive example of contemporary European architecture, drawing many visitors. The church was the first Western-style building in Japan to be designated as a national treasure. The steep admission fee includes entrance to a museum about the history of Christianity in Japan.

Located in attractive old buildings to the right of the church is the Christian Museum. Included in the admission fee, the museum contains various exhibitions pertaining to the history of Oura Church and Christianity in the region and across Japan, with various artifacts and old documents on display. Explanations are predominantly in Japanese.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Twenty-Six Christian Martyrs Monument, 7-8 Nishizakamachi, Nagasaki 850-0051 Nagasaki Prefecture

The Twenty Six Martyrs Monument and adjacent museum (二十六聖人記念館, Nijūroku Seijin Kinenkan) in Nagasaki are dedicated to the twenty six Christians who were executed here on February 5, 1597. They included both foreign missionaries and Japanese laymen. Missionary activities were prohibited at the time, and Japan's ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi staged the execution as a warning.

The monument is located in a small park on a hill not far from Nagasaki Station and offers nice views over the city. A straight red line runs from the monument across the park's plaza in the direction of the Oura Church on the opposite side of the city. Oura Church is also dedicated to the 26 martyrs.

The museum behind the monument is devoted to the memory of the martyrs and to Christianity in Japan in general. Its interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artifacts related to Christianity in Japan, including old documents, statues and jewelry. Explanations of many of the pieces are in English.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Dutch Slope, Higashi-yamate-machi, Nagasaki 850-0911 Nagasaki Prefecture

The Dutch Slope (オランダ坂, Oranda-zaka) is a stone-paved street leading up a hillside in Nagasaki where many foreign traders resided after the opening of the city's port to foreign trade in 1859. Because the Dutch were the only Westerners allowed in the country for the preceding two centuries, "Dutch" referred to everything Western for a while.

A few former residences remain in the area today. Among them, the Higashi Yamate 13 is open to the public. Once home to a well-to-do European family, this old Western-style house has been well preserved, with much of the old furniture and room layouts remaining. There is a balcony upstairs where nice views can be had of the surrounding area. A cafe is located on the ground floor.

Stop At: Spectacles Bridge (Meganebashi), Uonomachi, Nagasaki 50-0874 Nagasaki Prefecture

Meganebashi (眼鏡橋, lit. Spectacles Bridge) is the most remarkable of several stone bridges that span the Nakashima River in downtown Nagasaki. The bridge, which gets its name from the resemblance it has to a pair of spectacles when reflected in the river water, is a popular tourist attraction and is designated as an important cultural property.

The bridge was originally built in 1634, its construction overseen by the Chinese monk who would go on to become the resident priest of Kofukuji Temple, which is located a short walk away. The bridge, along with many of the others along the river, was badly damaged by floodwaters in 1982, but has since been repaired with recovered stones.

There is a stone walkway along the river bank that makes for a pleasant stroll with nice views of the water and bridges. The walkway has a tranquil atmosphere and is accessed by steps from street level positioned at various points along the river.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, 2-1 Dejima-machi, Nagasaki 850-0862 Nagasaki Prefecture

The Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum (長崎県美術館, Nagasaki-ken Bijutsukan) is a modern and spacious complex attractively located by the port of Nagasaki. The museum, which was designed by famous architect Kuma Kengo, opened in 2005 and contains permanent collections of art related to Nagasaki as well as a large collection of Spanish art. In addition, it also hosts temporary exhibitions.

Made using glass and rock, the museum is airy and bright and contains multiple exhibition galleries. The Suma Collection features Spanish art ranging from medieval to contemporary works and contains pieces from legendary artists including Picasso. It is named after Suma Yakichiro who started the collection while serving as a diplomat in Spain during the 1940s. Another collection is dedicated to art relating to Nagasaki, including works produced by local artists.

One more appealing feature of the museum is its roof garden. The garden is made up of lawn space separated by a paved walkway. There are also a couple of seating areas with nice views of the port and city. The roof garden can be accessed from both inside and outside the museum, meaning that it is not exclusively open to museum patrons.

Duration: 30 minutes

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Infant seats available.
Service animals allowed.
Near public transportation.
Stroller accessible.
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible.
Transportation is wheelchair accessible.
Wheelchair accessible.
Most travelers can participate.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Gear/equipment sanitized between use.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival.
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms.
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Reviews

5.0 stars, based on 1 reviews
Anita
Anita

I highly recommend. The website was easy to use. After paying, I was hooked up directly with my guide via email. We communicated via email and LINE to coordinate the morning’s itinerary and logistics. All of that worked perfectly. My guide, Yoshiko Hattori, showed up on time at my hotel. She was very friendly, knowledgeable, and adaptable to my preferences. This is not a canned tour, but a custom designed itinerary to serve your particular interests. Yoshi was able to put together a morning that included many of the primary historical sites I was interested in visiting, and she was helpful to me in pointing the way to visit more places on my own. I wanted to do most of my tour on foot and street car, which she was able to accommodate, but if taxi is preferred, that can be arranged as well. In short, a very enjoyable morning spent with a very pleasant person who shared much about Nagasaki from a personal perspective.

21/09/2020
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