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Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki Prefecture’s Fantastically Shining Town – Nagasaki Lantern Festival

Approximately 15,000 richly colored lanterns and decorated objects of varying sizes, from big to small, fantastically illuminate and color the town.
Every day during the event period, each venue hosts a variety of shows, including dragon dances, Chinese acrobatics, and erhu performances. This event is fun and popular thanks to its cheerful atmosphere.
The event was originally held by residents of Nagasaki Chinatown to celebrate the lunar new year, but ever since the events scope was broadened as of 1994, it has become an event representative of Nagasaki that sees over 1 million tourists visiting each year.

Nagasaki Kunchi – A fall festival complete with an impressive dragon dance!

This exciting fall festival celebrated at Nagasaki City's Suwa Shrine is one you won't want to miss. With a history of over 370 years, it is the most famous festival in Nagasaki. At the Nagasaki Kunchi Festival you can watch dances which incorporate the influence of Portuguese, Dutch, and Chinese culture on the area. While watching the spectacular dragon dance, spectators encouragingly yell "Mottekoi!"which means "Encore!"

Nagasaki – Kyushu No.1 Fireworks Festival

The Kyushu Fireworks Festival is western Japan’s largest fireworks display, during which over 22,000 fireworks will be launched!
The festival is held in Japan’s largest theme park, “Huis Ten Bosch,” located in Nagasaki Prefecture. It is a large-scale event for which top-level fireworks specialists gather. Additionally, there are plenty of other things to see during the festival, such as the “Hanabi World Cup” which decides which fireworks specialist is the world’s best, the “Odama 100 Concurrent Fireworks Launch,” and the finale, “Special Starmines”!

Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch

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Huis Ten Bosch is Japan’s most expansive theme park, boasting an area of around 1.52 million square meters!

Gunkanjima (Hashima Island)

In 1810, coal was discovered on what is now called Gunkanjima. 80 years later, in 1890, Mitsubishi acquired ownership of the island and began going all-out mining it for coal. As the mined coal turned out to be of exceptionally good quality, for almost 100 years Gunkanjima prospered as an undersea coal mining area.