Your tour will begin with a moving visit to the Peace Memorial Park located near Ground Zero, the center of the atomic bomb drop on August 9, 1945. The focal point of the park can be seen in the 10 meter tall peace statue found at the north end of the park. The arms and the legs of the statue each have their own meaning. The right arm points to the threat of nuclear weapons, the left arm symbolizes eternal peace, the right leg stands for meditation and finally the flexed left leg represents standing up for the people in the world needing rescue. Still serving as a reminder, every year the Mayor of Nagasaki gives a speech in the park as call to world peace. Following your time at the Peace Park you will make your way to the Atomic Bomb museum which chronicles the events leading up to the bombing.
A trip to Dejima Island will provide in an depth look at Nagasaki's relationship with the "outside world." In the 1630's the Tokugawa shogunate adopted a national policy of isolation but allowed Nagasaki to stay open as a port of trade. With the Portuguese and Spaniards expelled for their relationship with the outlawed Christian religion only the Dutch and Chinese were allowed to trade with the Dutch getting confined to this tiny, fan shaped island. The Dutch traders remained there for 218 years and was Japan's only official contact with foreigners as only prostitutes and traders were allowed across the bridge. Today you will be able to explore the Dejima Museum of History which was constructed in 1877 at Japan's first Protestant seminary. This incredible collection of history will give you insight into one of the most unique trading relationships in global history.
After a stop for lunch at a traditional restaurant you will make your way to the beautiful Glover Garden. Providing some of the best views in Japan this location was the site of former Scottish merchant Thomas Glover, an important figure in modern Japan's early industrial development. The Glover Mansion is Japan's oldest Western-style house and is the perfect showcase of a Meiji-Era building.
From the Glover Garden you will head to Oura Church which was built shortly after Japan's Isolation policy ended in 1853. Also known as the church of 26 Japanese martyrs which refers to the death of a group of Christians in 1597 as they fought the suppression of their outlawed beliefs. The cathedral was designated a National Treasure in 1933 and was the first western style building to receive this honor in Japan.
Departures: 08:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Lunch is included in the price of the tour.
- Please note, that we have limited English speaking guides and this tour must be booked well in advance.