Your tour begins with a scenic drive to Inasayama Nature Park, located on Inasayama Hill. This is a famous spot for beautiful sunsets and night views. If the weather permits, enjoy a view of Unzen, Amakusa and Gotoh Islands. Continue to Nagasaki Peace Park, which covers eight acres and contains a large fountain and different statues and sculptures donated in the name of world peace by various countries and artists around the world. The main statue is 30 feet tall and was commissioned by the city of Nagasaki. It depicts a man with one arm raised to the sky to indicate the threat of nuclear destruction and the other arm held horizontally in a gesture of peace. The man’s eyelids are closed in anguished prayer for those who perished in the bombing. Pause here for photos before continuing your drive to see Uragami Cathedral, which was the largest cathedral in the East until it was destroyed by the atomic bomb blast. View Dejima, once an artificial island in the port of Nagasaki, built in 1636 to house Japan’s Portuguese residents. Dejima is no longer an island—the surrounding area was reclaimed during the 20th century. However, a number of Dejima’s historical structures remain or are being reconstructed in the area. You will drive through Chinatown en route back to the ship (time permitting).
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