Around Nagasaki Part 2

Nagasaki Electric Tramway runs 4 lines and uses a mix of historic and modern vehicles. The city is fairly small so getting around is quite convenient and a bargain since a day pass costs only 500 yen.

Nagasaki is not a particularly dense city at all, with midrises dominating the cityscape. Hills and water enhance the landscape.

The Confucian Temple was built in 1893 and renovated in 1982. Perhaps a place of interest for non-Asian visitors, but I wasn't too interested to pay a hefty admission for this.

Holland Slope was named for the foreigners that lived here in the 19th century when the port was open to foreign trade, although they were not all Dutch people. Many of their European-style buildings remain along these hillsides today.

Built in 1634, the "Spectacles" Bridge (Meganebashi) spans the Nakajima River, once Nagasaki's key transport artery. What you see today is actually a reconstruction after the original bridge was washed away in 1982.

2 major temples lie east of the bridge - Kofukuji (exterior wall pictured here) and Sofukuji.

The Atomic Bomb Museum celebrates peace and exhibits artifacts from the atomic bombing during World War 2. However, the reasons why the bombs fell on Japan were left suspiciously out of this place.

The intense heat generated by the bombs melted objects and vaporized people.

Nearby, the location where the bomb landed is now a park.

Mount Inasa rises 333m above Nagasaki. A ropeway conveniently takes visitors up the slopes after a 15 minute walk from the tram stop across the river.

Nagasaki's night view is quite famous in Japan. I arrived just in time to catch the sunset.

The city centre sprawls east of here and up along the hillsides.

The city stops abruptly after the hills and it is empty ocean on the other side.

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