Cultural Properties in Nagasaki

The Port of Nagasaki by Okyo Maruyama, Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture

The Port of Nagasaki by Okyo Maruyama, Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture

Nagasaki is a beautiful port city with a unique history. During the Age of Exploration, Portuguese ships reached Nagasaki in 1571. That was the beginning of Nagasaki’s development as a trading port and Nagasaki flourished as a port open to foreign trade since then.
Although Japan closed its doors to other countries in the Edo period, Nagasaki kept operating as the only port open to international trade. The city played an important role in the nation’s relation with other countries while adopting western customs and developing a unique culture through trade with its exclusive partners, China and the Netherlands.
After Japan’s opening to the world in 1858, people from a number of countries settled in the free port of Nagasaki. Western knowledge, industrial techniques and culture were introduced to the city, and Nagasaki was a major contributor to the nation’s modernization.
Visit Nagasaki, the city that thrived as a port open to foreign trade, trace its history and experience its unique culture!
About Cultural Properties
From historical architecture and historic remains to folk entertainments and arts and crafts, cultural artefacts are highly regarded in Japan and are protected through a range of regulations that have been in place for many years. These regulations conserve designated cultural properties for all citizens under the management of local custodians.
We believe that we have a responsibility for preserving these cultural properties, the fruits of our predecessors’ wisdom and labour, from generation to generation. And we would like visitors from other countries to learn more about our history and culture.

Know more about Nagasaki’s history and culture.

Living together with nature

  • Nagasaki in primitive and ancient times
    Nagasaki in primitive and ancient times

Regional culture

  • Omura Domain
    Omura Domain
  • In & around Fukahori-owned Saga Domain
    In & around Fukahori-owned Saga Domain
  • Isahaya-owned Saga Domain
    Isahaya-owned Saga Domain
  • Tachibana Bay and the Mogi Coast (the shogun’s demesne)
    Tachibana Bay and the Mogi Coast (the shogun’s demesne)

Urban structure and merchant culture in Nagasaki under control of the Edo Shogunate

  • Nagasaki clan's castles and its towns
    Nagasaki clan's castles and its towns
  • Modern city Nagasaki and its traditions in the Edo Era
    Modern city Nagasaki and its traditions in the Edo Era
  • Temples, shrines and stone bridges over the Nakashima River
    Temples, shrines and stone bridges over the Nakashima River

Nagasaki port – the port open to foreign trade

Kaido-highways connecting all over Japan

  • Nagasaki Kaido
    Nagasaki Kaido
  • Mogi Kaido
    Mogi Kaido
  • Urakami Kaido
    Urakami Kaido
  • Misakimichi (Misaki-highway)
    Misakimichi (Misaki-highway)

Nagasaki as a centre of Christian culture

  • Christian culture in Nagasaki
    Christian culture in Nagasaki
  • Father de Rotz’s contribution to the city
    Father de Rotz’s contribution to the city

Nagasaki as a leader of Japan’s modernization

  • At the dawn of modernization
    At the dawn of modernization
  • Industrial heritage sites of shipbuilding
    Industrial heritage sites of shipbuilding
  • Industrial heritage sites of coal mining
    Industrial heritage sites of coal mining
  • Infrastructure for the modern city of Nagasaki
    Infrastructure for the modern city of Nagasaki

Nagasaki as a city dedicated to peace

  • Nagasaki’s atomic bomb legacy and advocacy for peace
    Nagasaki’s atomic bomb legacy and advocacy for peace

Nagasaki’s arts, crafts and culture developed through cultural exchanges

  • Arts and craftsmanship rooted in other cultures
    Arts and craftsmanship rooted in other cultures
  • Nagasaki’s traditional performing arts, festivals, events and lifestyle
    Nagasaki’s traditional performing arts, festivals, events and lifestyle
  • Nagasaki’s unique food culture
    Nagasaki’s unique food culture