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Posted by Heliocentrism on February 6, 2011

February 4-6, 2011

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Let the celebrations begin!

Anyone can join.

A few weeks ago I was at a slumber party over at my neighbor’s house. Yes, I said, “slumber party”. You would be surprised how much fun a sleepover can be, even for adults…

Anyway, one of the girls at the party told everyone about her plans to see the Nagasaki Lantern Festival. She said that she was doing all the planning and invited anyone who wanted to come along. Of course, I rarely turn down trip invitations.

Mark on the Nagasaki trolley

Is there a cheaper way?

The group of girls planned on taking the train from Oita to Nagasaki. Well, there were actually two trains. Each would cost more than $40. That means to get to Nagasaki would cost about $90, to get back, about $180. And, for both Mark and I to go there and come back it would cost about $360.

So we decided it would be cheaper for us to drive. It would also be quicker and we wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time waiting for trains.

Was it cheaper? Well…

Driving Items Cost (YEN) Train Items Cost (YEN)
Gas 4,000 Train Oita – Fukuoka 5,225
Toll 4,450 Train Fukuoka – Nagasaka 4,410
Return Toll 4,450 Return 9,635
Parking 2,600 Mark’s tickets 19,270
Total 15,500 Total 38,540

It seems like it was, unless there was someway to get tickets to Nagasaki for less than 7,700YEN each.

There was the added benefit that the train trip would have taken about 5 hours. But it took about 2.5 hours to drive to Nagasaki from Oita.

Once in Nagasaki we parked to car at the cheapest parking lot near the hostel and left it there. The 500YEN each cost of the day pass for the trolley was cheaper than moving the car and paying for parking elsewhere.

“I never look for my friends. It is their job to find me!”

We’ll meetup eventually, I hope.

Normally I would have offered to give a ride to anyone going on the trip, but I didn’t know when Mark and I would leave. When I got home from work on Friday Mark and I ate dinner then scrambled to do some last minute chores before heading out.

We left Oita after everyone else. But because driving is so much faster than taking the train, we still managed to get to Nagasaki before anyone in our group; a long time before. Mark and I were sitting in the lounge watching a movie when most of the girls arrived. They were too tired to do anything that night and headed off to bed.

“It too early for crowds!”

The next morning Mark and I woke up and talked with some of the girls to see what they had planned for the day. Half of them were still asleep, so Mark and I decided to head out to Peace Park and meet up with the girls later. But we would end up seeing very little of them throughout the day.

Found it!

Forever ever?

So the plan was to go to Peace Park then call the group to see where we should go to meet up with them. But there was always something to see not too far from where we were that we wanted to see before calling them.

One of the little “must sees” was Spectacle Bridge. According to our little map, that was given to us by our hostel, if we found the heart shaped stone and touched it together, we would stay together forever.

I have no idea where this stone was. Mark and I spent a good 20 minutes looking for it with no luck. Then Mark found the stone in the picture above that, at certain angles, could look a bit heart-ish. That was good enough for us!

There’s something amazing on stage. Just ask that kid about it.

Happy Year of the Rabbit!

We saw the Lunar New Year’s festivities, or as much of it as we could see behind the heads of kids on their dads’ shoulders. During the Dragon Dancing we did find and lose our friends.

They were going to see something we had seen earlier and we were going to see something that they had seen earlier. We promised to meet up again before going back to the hostel. But while waiting for them, I got cold and tired so Mark and I walked along the river. We didn’t meet up again.

Maybe the next trip, we’ll have better luck.

All Pictures


 

Japan
(日本)
(Nippon)

How to get there:

You can enter Japan by plane or boat. Though, the number of boats going to Japan from other countries has gone down significantly.

Americans get 90-day visas to Japan at the port of entry. Check with your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for visa information.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books:

Notes:

  • Be careful what over the counter drugs you bring into Japan.  Actifed, Sudafed, Vicks inhalers, and Codeine are prohibited.
  • InternationalATMs are really hard to find;moreso if you aren’t in a big city. Many places in Japan do not use credit cards. Take cash and call your bank toaskwhatATMs or banks in Japan will work with your cash card.
    • ATMs have opening hours. Usually 9:00-18:00 (They have better work hours than most business men and women here.)
  • You can get a Japan Railway, pass which saves you a lot of money on the trains, but you can only buy it before you get to Japan and you cannot be a resident of Japan. (I don’t have more information about it because I’ve only ever lived in Japan. I’ve never been a tourist.)

Akari International Hostel

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 32°44’56.2″N 129°52’58.0″E

From JR Nagasaki station, or Highway bus terminal –

  • Take a tram from Nagasaki eki mae station just in front.
  • Tram No 3 towards ‘Hotarujaya’ will take you to ‘Kokaido mae’station in 4mins.
  • Get off there and take the only road which does NOT have a tram rail on the road, and walk straight. (If you are arriving at night time, it is toward a building with Blue and Orange blinking sign on top.)
  • When you see the river, cross the bridge and turn left immediately.
  • Soon, you will see our hostel’s orange sign ‘AKARI’ on your right, at the riverside.
  • (It is a 4-storied buiding)

Address:

長崎県長崎市麹屋町2-2
2-2 Kojiyamachi, Nagasaki-city,
Nagasaki, 850-0871 Japan

Phone:

  • +81-95-801-7900

Website:

e-mail: akari@nagasaki-hostel.com

Cost:

  • Dorm rooms – 2500YEN/night

Hours:

  • Check In 15:00-20:00
  • Check Out 11:00
  • Reception open from 8:00-20:00pm and Closed for lunch 13:00-15:00

Notes:

You can get a day pass for the tram at the reception.


Nagasaki One Day Trolley Pass

How to get there:

  • You have to go to a hotel, hostel, or a souvenir shop to buy one.
  • You cannot get one on the trolley.

Phone:

  • 095-845-4113
Website:

Cost:

  • Adult 500YEN
  • Kid 250YEN

Hours:

  • Good only for the date stamped on the pass.
  • This is not a 24hr pass.

Notes:

The following are other ticket options for the trolley.


Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall
(国立長崎原爆死没者追悼平和祈念館)
(Kokuritsu Nagasaki Genbaku Shibotsusha Tsuitō Heiwa Kinenkan)

How to get there:

From Nagasaki Airport –

  • Take a limousine bus to Matsuyama stop.
  • The Hall is about 5 minutes walk from here.

From Nagasaki station –

  • Take a tram or local bus to Hamaguchi (#20) or Matsuyama (#19) stop.
  • It is a 5 minute walk from here.

Address:

The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Victims
852-8117 Nagasaki-shi, Hirano-machi 7-8

Phone:

  • 095-814-0055

Website

Downloads:

e-mail:info@peace-nagasaki.go.jp

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • 8:30 – 17:30 or 18:30

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
(長崎原爆資料館)
(Nagasaki Genbaku Shiryōkan)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 32°46’22.1″N 129°51’52.2″E

Streetcar –

  • Take street car #1 or #3,
  • get off at Hamaguchi-machi,
  • it is just a five minute walk.

Bus –

  • Take the bus for Nameshi, Togitsu, and Menoto,
  • get off at Hamaguchi-machi (#20),
  • it is just a five minute walk.

This is right next to the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall.

Address:

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
7-8 Hirano-machi, Nagasaki, 852-8117, Japan

Phone:

  • +81-(0)95-844-1231

Website

Download:

e-mail: genbaku@city.nagasaki.lg.jp

Cost:

  • 200YEN

Hours:

  • 8:30 – 17:30
  • (admission until 17:00)

Nagasaki Peace Park 
(平和公園)
(Heiwa Kōen)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 32°46’31.6″N 129°51’47.0″E

Streetcar –

  • Take street car #1 or #3, get off at Hamaguchi-machi (#20),
  • it is just a five minute walk.

Bus –

  • Take the bus for Nameshi, Togitsu, and Menoto,
  • get off at Hamaguchi-machi,
  • it is just a five minute walk.

This is within walking distance of the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

Website

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • Always available

Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 32°45’16.7″N 129°52’18.1″E

By Trolley –

  • Go to Nagasaki Eki-Mae (#27)

Address:

Nishizaka-machi 7-8, Nagasaki City, 850-0051 Japan

Phone:

  • 095-822-6000

Website

Cost:

  • 500YEN

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 17:00

Notes:

You can go into the museum if you think it’s worth it.


Spectacle Bridge
(眼鏡橋)
(Megane Bashi)

How to get there:

  • 32°44’49.8″N 129°52’48.3″E

By Trolley –

  • Go to either Nigiwasashi (#37) or Kokaido-Mae (#38) stations and walk to the river.

Address:

日本〒850-0874 長崎県長崎市魚の町

Phone:

  • 095-829-1152

Website

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • Available at any time

Notes:

  • Supposedly, if you are single and you find the heart shaped stone you will find your true love if you touch it.
  • For couples who find and touch the stone, they will stay together forever.

Kazagashira Park
(風頭公園)
(Kazagashira Kōen)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 32°44’46.0″N 129°53’09.6″E

By Trolley –

  • Go to Kokaido-Mae (#38) station and follow the signs to the park.
  • You will have to walk up the mountain through a cemetery.
  • It’s a half an hour walk.

Address:

3-565 Irabayashi, Kazagashira-machi
Nagasaki, Kyushu-Okinawa 850-0802

Kazagashira Park
日本
〒850-0802 長崎県長崎市伊良林3丁目565

Phone:

  • 095-829-1171

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • It might close sometime after sunset.

Notes:

The statue in the park is of Sakamoto Ryōma.


China Town
(長崎新地中華街)
(Nagasaki Shinchichūkagai)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 32°44’31.2″N 129°52’32.6″E

By Trolley –

  • Go to Tsuki-Machi (#31) Station.

Website

Cost:

  • Free

Notes:

Map:

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