THE SYMBOLS OF NAGASAKI (World Tour 2020)

  • Port

    Nagasaki

  • Level of difficulties

    Moderate

  • Type

    Cultural, Lunch not included

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR120.0

  • Duration in hours

    4.5

  • Shore excursion code

    6491

Description The tour retraces the history of this famous Japanese city through some of its most significant symbols, from the museum and park dedicated to the victims of the atomic bomb to the rich residential district of Glover Garden and the Oura Catholic church, the most ancient Christian building in the country.

What we will see
  • Peace Park with its sculptures symbol of hope and peace
  • Atomic Bomb Museum and Ground Zero
  • Sannō Jinja shrine door, symbol of the nuclear tragedy
  • Architecture of the Oura Catholic church
  • Amazing homes in Glover Garden


What we will do
  • We leave the port behind us headed to the first stop on our tour, the Peace Park. Our gaze rests on the bronze Peace Statue that looks as it is referring to the threat coming from the sky as well as to a desire for peace. The Fountain of Peace was built in front of the sculpture in 1969. The flowing water symbolizes life that does not stop and the rebirth of the city. As we stroll around the park, we find many other sculptures and plaques that have been donated to the city from other countries all over the world.
  • We continue with the Atomic Bomb Museum and Ground Zero, where a black monolith marks the hypo-centre. * We quietly move among the artefacts collected as a testimony of the infamous day, including a clock that stopped at 11:02 am, the time of the catastrophe. The museum aims at being an ode to peace while at the same time serving as a warning to all humanity.
  • We leave these places of remembrance behind as we cross the Sannō Jinja shrine door, one of the symbols of the tragedy that hit the city on August 9th, 1945. It is located approximately 800 metres from where the bomb exploded yet one of the two supporting columns remained intact, almost as a sign of hope to the survivors.
  • We then move on to the Oura Catholic church, erected in 1864 and therefore the oldest Christian building in the country. We observe its Gothic and western features, which led to its designation as a National Treasure in 1933. We stop here for a few minutes to take photographs.
  • Afterwards, we walk to Glover Garden, located on a hill where we find the old residences of western merchants who settled here at the end of the Japanese isolation period in the 19th century. It is named after Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant who contributed to developing the shipbuilding industry during the Edo period and who also played a key role in the revolts against the Shogun. The tour gives us an idea of the wealth of the people living here, but also provides us with amazing views over the bay.
  • We make our way back to the ship along a road filled with shops.

What you need to know
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
  • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
  • Dress code that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended.