Today, many international cruise ships call at the Port of Nagasaki every year. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and the sea, the Port of Nagasaki is a popular destination for tourists. Debarking passengers are greeted by colorful welcoming ceremonies that begin their adventure in the City of Nagasaki and surrounding area. The Matsugae International Passenger Ship Wharf is conveniently located with easy access to the city and other transportation. For more details on the attractions and activities available in the Port of Nagasaki, visit the city's tourism website.
The Port of Nagasaki's marine climate is warm, humid, and rainy in the low-lying areas and cool in the mountains. It has one of the highest rainfall rates in the country. Temperatures range from an average high of 31°C (87°F) to an average low of 4°C (39°F) in January.
Visitors will find many interesting and beautiful places in the Port of Nagasaki. Among them are Glover Garden, former 19th Century home of a British merchant where hillside gardens overlook the harbor, and the 1864 Oura Catholic Church built by French missionaries. Peace Park, Peace Statue, and the Atomic Bomb Museum were created to commemorate the 1945 tragedy. Sasebo City contains the Huis Ten Bosch recreation park, containing a recreated 17th Century Dutch palace, and Saikai Pearl Sea Resort from which visitors can see 208 islands and gorgeous scenery. Unzen City contains Mt. Fugen and Heisei Shinzan, a lava hill that grew over 400 feet during a 1990 eruption. Unzen Jigoku is a famous hot spring resort visited for healing.
The Port of Nagasaki's Shimabara Castle was built in 1624 by lord Shigemasa Matsukura, and it is today an educational and cultural center containing Christian relics and folk artifacts. The Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, opened in 2005, is a center for works of art and cultural events. The Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture (Japanese) documents the Port of Nagasaki's role in international trade, exhibiting artifacts that tell the story of the city's trade relations with the rest of the world.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Nagasaki by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.