Kumamoto to Nagasaki – June 2016

4 June 2017

After spending the night in Kumamoto we boarded the car ferry to Shimabara and then heading over to Nagasaki.

Had a very interesting stop in Shimabara to have a look at the castle.  It was built in 1615 and took around four to seven years to complete.  After 250 years it fell into disrepair and restoration began in the 1960’s.  You can go inside and have a look at the old warrior costumes and weapons through the years.

Shimabara Castle

Looking at the route above we then drove to Nagasaki via Unzen.  This is where Anthony’s mum used to go for holidays when she was a young girl.  A sentimental journey for Anthony.  Unzen seafront had the feel of a 1930’s resort, so not much had changed since his mother had visited it seemed.


Then finally to our hotel in Nagasaki.


Very quaint hotel within walking distance of many interesting places.  Stayed here for two nights.

I had read about the Dejima Wharf and what a good place it was! So we headed over there for dinner.  Its very picturesque but lacks atmosphere.  Our dinner was a disappointment.  Supposed to be a seafood bbq – but we had to cook it ourselves.  Luckily we found a great little bar upstairs with a live band so had a good song and dance with some locals who were celebrating a birthday.

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