Feb 27, 2017
Japan has almost an endless list of attractions one can visit over the day. But in my opinion, when night falls, that is when Japan is at its most charismatic! I guess many visitors have already seen Tokyo Tower, and in recent years, probably Tokyo Skytree too. But if you are willing to traverse far away from Japan's glittering capital, you will find one of the three best night views of the world, in the name of Mount Inasa (known as Inasayama in Japanese) in Nagasaki.
Mount Inasa is a hill 333 meters in height located west of downtown Nagasaki, it is claimed to possess what is known as the "10 Million Dollars Night View". From the observatory on top of the hill, visitors can appreciate the sparkling city lights underneath, the neon reflection on the surrounding scenic Nagasaki Bay, the stunning Megami Ohashi bridge, and if the weather permit, Mount Unzen and the Amakusa area as well. If you are keen for a little romance, try finding some heart-shape installation on the observatory too! Strictly speaking, despite the observatory having a sheltered, helical walkway with almost unobstructed glass panels leading to the open air roof top observation point, it is still highly recommended coming here on a fine day, it can get quite congested otherwise, and the strong breeze can add more harshness on a cold weather. Do bring along a jacket anyway!
The most straightforward way is to take bus #3 or #4 from outside Nagasaki station for about a 5 minutes ride. Need not worry about not knowing where to alight, you will know it when almost the entire bus becomes empty as it stops outside Fuchi Shrine (Take note, on your return trip, it's bus #20 and #40 from the bus stop opposite). From where, you can follow the crowd and pass through the shrine to find the ropeway station at the foot of Mount Inasa. There are also free shuttle buses from Nagasaki station and major hotels to the ropeway station carpark, but their timing is less flexible, find out from the tourism center if interested.
Do check out the official website from Mount Inasa Ropeway on any maintenance notice prior to your visit.
You can check out the awesome view from Mount Inasa in the following Youtube, with acclaimed Japanese violinist Hakase Taro playing "Nagasaki Serenade", written specially to commemorate Nagasaki being selected as one of the new three best night views in the world.
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