Nagasaki City and Shimabara Peninsular Sightseeing Tour

Tours are our forte. My philosophy is to provide customized flexible tours around Nagasaki for smaller groups unlike the big tour operators, who are only concerned amount how many people they can get and not the quality or content of their tours. Packaged tours offer no flexibility and a regimented get off get on time requirement and there is nothing more frustrating than waiting for a fellow passenger to come back to the bus on the time allocated. We allows our clients to stay as short or a long as they like at a particular venue in order to maximize their enjoyment. It is this type of tour that will leave you feeling fully satisfied at days end.
* Duration: 8 to 10 hours
* Starts: Nagasaki, Japan
* Trip Category: Day Trips & Excursions >> Day Trips




Tours are our forte. My philosophy is to provide customized flexible tours around Nagasaki for smaller groups unlike the big tour operators, who are only concerned amount how many people they can get and not the quality or content of their tours. Packaged tours offer no flexibility and a regimented get off get on time requirement and there is nothing more frustrating than waiting for a fellow passenger to come back to the bus on the time allocated. We allows our clients to stay as short or a long as they like at a particular venue in order to maximize their enjoyment. It is this type of tour that will leave you feeling fully satisfied at days end.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Isahaya Park, Takashiromachi, Isahaya 854-0016 Nagasaki Prefecture

I like to visit this location first in my Nagasaki and Shimabara Peninsular full day tours as it is a beautiful location and sets the tone for what a great day we have in store for us to come.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Fruits Bus Stop, Konagaicho along National Road 207, Isahaya 854-0000 Nagasaki Prefecture

The Unique Bus Stops in that you see here in the photos are part of the Nagasaki Prefecture`s character and adds to her personality unlike any other attraction. I nearly always include this site on my Private Nagasaki Tours because everyone comes away with a pic and a smile on their face.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Isahayawan Kantakuteibo Doro, From Takakicho to Azumacho, Isahaya Nagasaki Prefecture

I always drive across the Isahaya Bay Dike Road on my Private Nagasaki Tours as its a beautiful straight road, has amazing scenery and gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs and have the all important bathroom break.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Shimabara Castle, 1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036 Nagasaki Prefecture

Sometimes I am in awe when i am driving down the hill from the mountain and the Shimabara Castle suddenly appears in the foreground. A real Castle that operated over 400 years ago and still remains today albeit a restored type but really portrays the history and the real life setting of what life was like in Japan in the 17th century.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Samurai Houses, Shitanocho, Shimabara 855-0052 Nagasaki Prefecture

Samurai Street commemorates the old samurai section of Shimabara City on the Shimabara Peninsular. This famous street is lined with stone walls and a spring water canal running down its center. Three samurai houses have been restored and opened as exhibits to the public to restore the image and the traditions of this old Samurai town. It is an extremely picturesque setting and perfect for a great photo shoot as images of feudal Japan came racing back into your consciousness from many of those movies and books you have read from your youth.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Shimabara, Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu

Today the carp streams are kept for sightseeing and aesthetic reasons as well as the fact that they look so cool! However in the past and particularly during times of war and famine they were kept as an alternative food source. Although it can be said that Carp are not a particularly good eating fish, I guess when one is hungry one should not be too picky about their food source. Luckily for the carp, nowadays the channels are used only for sightseeing purposes, so the fish should grow up big and strong and hopefully colorful to satisfy the hoards of tourists that come to see them.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Michi-no-Eki Mizunashi Honjin, 6077 Fukaecho Tei, Minamishimabara 859-1504 Nagasaki Prefecture

The Volcano Damaged Houses were a direct result of the Unzen explosion and there has been several major eruptions in its history. The volcano erupted most recently from 1990 to 1995, sending pyroclastic flows (superheated clouds of volcanic gas and ash) down toward the towns below. While most people were safely evacuated, 43 journalists, scientists and their taxi drivers were killed. The eruptions also destroyed buildings on the outskirts of Shimabara City.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell), Obamacho Unzen, Unzen 854-0621 Nagasaki Prefecture

This is the place where high-temperature hot springs and steams spurt out of the ground and is called “Unzen Jigoku” (Unzen Hell) because of the sulfur content and the fact that sulfur steam is rising constantly into the air from the ground and the boiling spring water. Because of the sulfur, plants cannot grow here and the atmosphere is dense with steam which makes you think as if it is a scene right out of hell but don’t worry within minutes of leaving the area the sulfur smell will have dissipated from your clothes and your pores.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hot Foot 105, 905-68 Obamacho Kitahommachi, Unzen 854-0514 Nagasaki Prefecture

The Obama Footbath is the highlight location on the Tour Nagasaki`s Full Day Shimabara Peninsular and Nagasaki City Highlights Itinerary. Just imagine, the location right on the waters edge. The picturesque seaside views combined with the healthy steamed vegetables, various snacks, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages as well as the chance to soak these weary feet in the 40 degree celcius footbaths equals a magical and mind boggling experience that stimulates all the senses.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Nagasaki Peace Park, Matsuyamamachi, Nagasaki 852-8118 Nagasaki Prefecture

The original target for the bomb was the city of Kokura but obscuring clouds necessitated changing course to the alternative target, Nagasaki. However because of poor visibility due to cloud cover the bomb missed its intended detonation point which was the Mitsubishi Shipyards and exploded over the suburban area of Urakami, in effect killing mostly women and children and not the factory manufacturing area of War Machinery. In many ways it is this misfortune that will label Nagasaki forever in history!

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, 7-8 Hirano-machi, Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture

It is a very sobering place and definitely not for the faint hearted as the stories, exhibits and pictures are extremely graphic. There hasn’t been a time when i haven’t seen someone crying out loud and or emotionally uncontrollable. This museum definitely isn’t every one’s cup of tea. However, it is important to remember history and not to forget about the past as this is the way we don’t make the same mistakes of the past. So, in that sense the museum can be a great place to come together and never let this happen again for the benefit of mankind.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Inasayama Observation Deck, 364 Inasamachi, Nagasaki 852-8011 Nagasaki Prefecture

Mount Inasayama in Nagasaki City is a 333 meter high mountain in close proximity to the city center. Yama in Japanese means Mountain and Inasa Mountain is the King of all the peaks in Nagasaki. It is for this reason that you should make this location a priority destination.

Duration: 20 minutes