Huistenbosch is a theme park which is located in Sasebo, Nagasaki prefecture.
A Netherlands cityscape is reproduced there.
It is bigger than Tokyo Disneyland, and it is the biggest theme park in Japan.
Many attractions, events, and seasonal flowers like roses are happening.
There are also fire works and illumination events.
I went there at X’mas time.
It was beautiful with thousands of colorful lights.
At that time I hadn’t yet gone to Europe, so it was interesting.
I want to go there again.
Hashima is an island which is located in the ocean about 19 kilometers southwest from Nagasaki port.
It is called Gunkanjima (battleship island).
That place prospered from undersea coal mining from the Meiji to the Showa era through most of the 20th Century.
It was just 160 meters in width and 480m long, and 5200 people lived there at its peak.
Some of the earliest ferroconcrete high-rise buildings were built there for the first time in Japan.
And also schools, hospitals, movie theaters, and stores, etc were there.
But it was closed in 1974 and nobody lives there now. It is disintegrating.
Now you can visit there by tour.
Gunkanjima was chosen as World Heritage site in 2015 and it is a popular ruined island.
Christianity was brought to Japan by Xavier in 1549.
This is Ouratenshu-do (Oura church) in Nagasaki.
It was built by the French after national isolation ended in 1865.
It is one of the a oldest wooden gothic buildings and the only national treasure of western architecture in Japan.
Glover Garden is one of the travel spots in Nagasaki.
Thomas Grover was a successful trader from Scotland.
The house he made in 1863 and several other reconstructed houses from that time are there.
Those are among oldest wooden Western houses.
The Gardens are also beautiful and you can see good view of Nagasaki from that place.
This is Meganebashi in Nagasaki.
Megane means glasses and bashi means bridge.
It is located the place a little distance from Hamanomachi, which is in the center of the city.
It was called Meganebashi because the bridge and its reflection together look like a pair of glasses, as in this picture.
I took these photos from a hotel I stayed in.
Nagasaki is one of three major night views of Japan.
The other places are Kobe and Hakodate.
The best view of Nagasaki is from Inasayama mountain.
If you click this, you can see it.
Dejima in Nagasaki was the only area for contact with outside countries like Portugal and Holland during 200 years of national isolation.
Now if you go there, you can see a 1/15th scale model of Dejima.
They have also recreated some areas for tourists.
Because of Dejima, Nagasaki started many modern industries like beer, cigarettes, coffee, glasses, etc…
It must have been an exciting place.