Nagasaki was the second Japanese city after Hiroshima to be hit by an American atomic bomb during World War II. It was the centre of Japanese Catholicism and enjoyed a European influence in medieval times. This is a poignant stop on our Japanese cruise, where war memorials to the fallen put the enormity of the human tragedy into perspective, as well as the profound futility of war. The excursion to Hashima is fascinating. It is one of 505 uninhabited islands and one of the most important examples of industrial archaeology, so much so it was one of the 23 industrial sites to be given UNESCO World Heritage status.
Not to be missed:
• A moment dedicated to the memory of the fallen
• The trip to Hashima