The topography of the Port of Nagasaki resembles an amphitheater looking out to sea. Another major feature of Nagasaki are the houses that extend up the slopes to the summits of the city’s mountains. The lights from these houses give Nagasaki its renowned “million-dollar” nighttime scenery.
The Port of Nagasaki is the focus of the city’s exchanges with other countries. Nagasaki also boasts a number of unique festivals that highlight the city’s food culture and local traditions.
Hashima lies around 4.5km west of the Nagasaki peninsula, 2.5km southwest of the Mitsubishi Mining Company’s main coalmine on the island of Takashima, and 19km southwest of Nagasaki harbor. It is a tiny island with a seabed coalmine. It measures 480m north to south and 160m east to west, with a circumference of 1,200m and an area of 63,000m2. The island is surrounded by a sea wall, and has multi-storey reinforced concrete apartments, giving it the appearance of the warship Tosa. For this reason it has become known as “Gunkanjima” (Battleship Island). After the mine was closed, the island was deserted and fell silent for many years.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum