Nagasaki Travel Guide
Getting Here and Around
Nagasaki Airport is approximately 45 minutes by bus or car from Nagasaki. A regular shuttle bus travels between Nagasaki Airport and Nagasaki Station and costs ¥800. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines fly daily from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Nagasaki Airport (1¾ hours). There are also direct flights to Nagasaki from Okinawa, Nagoya, and Osaka.
Highway buses run from Fukuoka's Tenjin Bus Center, Hakata Bus Terminal, and Fukuoka Airport to Nagasaki Bus Terminal; the trip takes 2 hours, 30 minutes and costs ¥2,500. The Nagasaki Ken-ei Bus Company can get you to Unzen, a string of hot springs on the Shimabara Peninsula, in 1 hour, 40 minutes (¥1,900), and direct to Kumamoto in three hours for ¥3,600.
From Fukuoka's Hakata Station, the JR Kamome Express train costs ¥4,380 takes around two hours.
Nagasaki is small enough to cover on foot; otherwise, the streetcar system is the most convenient mode of transportation. Stops are posted in English, and lines extend to every attraction in town. You can purchase a one-day streetcar pass (¥500) at tourist offices and major hotels. If you don't have a pass, pay ¥120 as you get off the streetcar. If you wish to transfer from one streetcar to another, get a norikae kippu (transfer ticket) from the driver. Local buses are not as convenient, and the routes, timetables, and fares are complicated.
One-hour cruises of Nagasaki Harbor depart from Nagasaki-ko (Nagasaki Port) at noon and 4 pm; the cost is ¥2,000.
Nagasaki Airport (Mishima-machi, Omura-city, Nagasaki, Nagasaki-ken, 856-0816. 0957/525–555 or.)
Nagasaki Ken-ei Bus Company (095/823–6155.)
Nagasaki Bus Terminal (3–1 Daikoku-machi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki-ken, 850-0057. 095/826–6221.)
Nagasaki Port Pleasure Cruises (Ferry Terminal, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki-ken, 850-0035. 095/824–0088. ¥2000.)
Nagasaki Train Station (1–89 Onoue-machi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki-ken, 850-0058. 095/822–0063.)