Nagasaki is a Japanese city on the northwest coast of the island of Kyushu. It’s set on a large natural harbor, with buildings on the terraces of surrounding hills. It is synonymous with a key moment during World War II, after suffering an Allied nuclear attack in August 1945. The event is memorialized at the city’s Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park.
Nagasaki was an important trade center from the 16th to 19th centuries. The Museum of History and Culture explores its foreign relationships at a time when the rest of Japan was isolated. Around the harbor, the Dutch Slope area has European-style wooden homes on cobblestone streets, and the Glover Garden park is home to the 19th-century, western-style mansion, the Glover Residence. The reflected arches of the 17th-century Megane Bridge over the Nakashima River gave it the nickname Spectacles Bridge. To the north, steps climb a forested hill to 17th-century, Shinto Suwa Shrine.