All good things come to an end, and yeah my holiday was such a good one, that I feel like I’ve never left….
Since I was too busy to visit my home country, the Netherlands, I decided to the next best thing: visit Nagasaki. For the folks unknown with history of Nagasaki before 1945; Nagasaki was the only trading spot where foreigners were allowed to deal with the Japanese. Not on the mainland though, there was a small island set up were the “gaikokujin” could live and set up shop. The Dutch were among the first who had the privilege to live and work there.
Still now the Dutch/ Portuguese and British influences linger in the busy city of Nagasaki. Nowhere in japan can you find as many churches as here for example
To say that Nagasaki is a beautiful city would be a blatant lie, no Nagasaki doesn’t have the serene beauty of Kyoto, and it doesn’t have the neon “in your face” light show of Tokyo, but when you go up the hills surrounding Nagasaki and look down your heart will skip a beat…especially at night…just the city as a whole is just not that attractive.
Which doesn’t mean that Nagasaki should only be observed from far…far from that (you see what I did there..) it has some really nice spots which makes this city worth putting on your list.
or the famous chanpon noodles….
Just this dish makes it worth coming to Nagasaki!
The missus insisted we that we also visit mount Unzen, the volcano responsible for the deadliest outburst in Japan…but what I’ve learned over the years is that her “kudasai” (please) doesn’t really have the same meaning as my kudasai. So up we went.
Once you leave the city behind you’re met by a beautiful view of mountains, sea sides and forests…this is the Japan of the new years’ cards, it’s absolutely beautiful, and don’t worry if you’re scared of driving in a foreign country with signs in Kanji…google navigation gets you everywhere!
The dolphins were waiting for us when we arrived in Unzen, good chaps they were indeed.
Than the rain of the upcoming typhoon started to hose down on us so we moved to our hotel had a delicious meal a great bath (hot spring) .
Next up: Sasebo! (part 2)