Nationals from most European countries, Australia and North America are usually issued a three-month tourist visa on each entry to Japan. Nationals from other countries will have to get a visa in advance to visit Japan.
According to Japanese law, foreign tourists must carry their passports with them at all times.
It connects most must-see places of interest: the atomic bomb museum and peace park, the main railway terminus, the waterfront and Dejima museum. At the waterfront there are many different restaurants and cafes. This is a good place to meet with the locals and share some Japanese whisky.
JAL - Japan airlines and ANA airlines are the main players in the air travel industry in Japan. Many other smaller airlines are also competing with them along the most popular routes, such as Skymart, Air DO.
I highly recommend an easy tram ride to Glover Garden where the view over Nagasaki Bay is superb.
I strolled up there early one fresh January morning and had the place practically to myself - a feat in itself considering Japan's human abundance. One can enjoy a peaceful and uninterrupted view in the pleasant surroundings of this colonial garden. I was not surprised to hear that Nagasaki Bay at night rates in the top three of Japan's most romantic views.
There are also many other places of interest in Nagasaki. No visit there would be complete without a trip to the world-famous Peace Park or U-Bomb Museum close by. It is a sobering yet enlightening experience to see the fresh beauty and growth of a place that was all but obliterated a mere sixty years ago. The message of Nagasaki is hope.
At Nagasaki bus and train station, there is a very helpful tourist information desk that provides detailed maps highlighting places of interest. A discounted day pass for Nagasaki's tram can also be purchased here. There is a tram stop right opposite the station and Glover Garden is a pleasant 15 minute ride away
Along the main road (route 202) outside the main Nagasaki station there are many raesonably priced clean and efficient business hotels. (between 5,000 & 6,000 yen for a single). There's the Belleview Hotel which i have stayed in - clean cheap central (3 people shared a room at 4,000 each) - good sized beds and rooms (by Japanese standards). Highly recommended.
The festival of Obon (August 9) is a fabulous time with firecrackers, processions and lanterns - and particularly poignant since the A-bomb was dropped on the same date.
To cap it all, do as we did and arrive early evening at the railway station to be greeted by the tannoyed 'Madam Butterfly'. Fabulous people, fabulous place.
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