JR Kumamoto Station → Take the Kyushu Shinkansen to JR Shin-Tosu Station (25 min) → Change to the Limited Express Kamome and ride to JR Nagasaki Station (1 hr 45 min) → Take the tram to Nagasaki Port Ferry Terminal (4 min by Tram Line 1 to Ohato) or Tokiwa Terminal (9 min on Tram Line 1 to Tsukimachi, then 3 min on Tram Line 5 to Oura Kaigan-dori) → Take the ferry to Hashima Island (a.k.a. Battleship Island/Gunkanjima) → Take the ferry to Nagasaki Port Ferry Terminal or Tokiwa Terminal → Sightseeing around Nagasaki → Accommodation in Nagasaki.
9. Hashima Island (a.k.a. Gunkanjima)
Hashima Island looks like a battleship—hence its nickname, Battleship Island, or Gunkanjima. Located 4.5 kilometers (2.8 mi) west of the Nagasaki Peninsula, it was developed as a coal mine beginning in the late 1880s, and once housed a population of more than 5,000. However, the island was abandoned in 1974, leaving it uninhabited. Interest in the island has revived since its appearance in the James Bond movie Skyfall, and many ferry companies have begun scenic routes to Gunkanjima.
JR Nagasaki Station → Take the Limited Express Seaside Liner to JR Huis Ten Bosch Station (90 min) → Walk 5 min to Huis Ten Bosch → Accommodation around Huis Ten Bosch.
10. Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch (pronounced "Haus-ten-boss") is one of Japan’s largest theme parks by surface area. Beyond attractions, you'll also find various shops and unique accommodations in the park, which is designed in imitation of traditional Dutch architecture. Engagement with nature is also a feature of Huis Ten Bosch, allowing you to feel the sea breeze while taking in the refreshing aroma of flowers. This is a place where anyone can enjoy themselves, regardless of gender or age.
Address: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch Town, Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture
Access:: 5 minutes' walk from JR Huis Ten Bosch Station
Dining Recommendations (Nagasaki)
Nagasaki is essentially surrounded by the ocean. The focal point of numerous ocean currents, it hosts a superb marine environment, boasting many different types of fish and marine life. You can get fresh Nagasaki fish and enjoy many different types of sashimi and seafood, such as octopus and oyster, all of which are unforgettable delicacies.
Nagasaki ramen developed from a type of noodle specially made for foreign students in the 19th century. You can never have enough of the thick pork broth with different types of seafood and fresh vegetables!
This hamburger was created in Sasebo City in 1950. Back then, the burgers were made directly from recipes introduced by the U.S. Navy, and many restaurants selling them were set up outside American military bases. To this day, these classic hamburgers are made by hand, and the strict procedures to which Sasebo’s shops adhere, as well as their handmade craftsmanship, are famous throughout Japan.