Kyushu (Nagasaki) – Day 4

Dormy Nagasaki Breakfast
Sumptuous breakfast buffet from the hotel and chatted with a very friendly old lady who was puzzled with the way Sushi and I was talking cos it was in a mixture of Japanese, Mandarin and English. She was wondering which country were we from.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
Alas, it was raining cats and dogs that morning so we decided to take a taxi to the port for our Gunkanjima Cruise. We called in advance to check if the cruise would still be ongoing, they say yes even though it was raining heavily.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
Our black diamond speed boat which would take us to this no man island which got famous during the past recent years.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
Yeah, we were unfortunately had to brave the winds and rains in the open deck as the sheltered area was already full. The flimsy rainwear did not help us for a bit.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
I was glad that I was carrying my waterproof bag but it still got soaked a little but it was rough rough ride with rain hitting us hard on our face and the flimsy rainwear was not helping too much.

Gunkanjima, NagasakiHashima

Island (端島 or Hashima), commonly called Gunkanjima (軍艦島; meaning Battleship Island), is one among 505 uninhabited islands in Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Nagasaki itself.

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Gunkanjima, Nagasaki

The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island’s most notable features are the abandoned and undisturbed concrete apartment buildings and the surrounding sea wall. The island has been administered as part of Nagasaki city since the merger of the former town of Takashima in 2005

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Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
Our guide said that we were lucky to be able to land on the shores that day as the island is closed up to almost 50% of the time during the year due to rough weather or strong winds. The island had been closed from landing for the past 54 days from the aftermaths of the July typhoon which hit Kyushu.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki

The island is increasingly gaining international attention not only generally for its modern regional heritage, but also for the undisturbed housing complex remnants representative of the period from the Taishō period to the Shōwa period. It has become the frequent subject of discussion among enthusiasts for ruins.

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Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
These are the building that saw the revolution of the Japan industrialization era.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
It once had the densest living population in Japan, much higher than Tokyo.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
But only ruins remains here now.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
See, doesn’t it look like a battleship?

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
After our 1 hour stay in the island, we arrived at the next island where the museum for this island stands. A typical coal family in the past.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
What are wore during the coal mining in the past.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
Aerial view of the model of the island.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
Make shift pool made of seawater for the children living there.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
MArket area.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
Some of the monuments left behind from the people living there.

Gunkanjima, Nagasaki
Statue of the founder of Mitsubishi Corporation.

Deshima

Dejima was a man made island in the port of Nagasaki, constructed in 1636 to segregate Portuguese residents from the Japanese population and control their missionary activities. A few years later, the Portuguese were expelled from Japan, and a Dutch trading factory, formerly located in Hirado, was moved to Dejima. The Dutch workers, the only remaining Westerners allowed in the country, were restricted to Dejima during Japan’s two centuries of isolation.

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Chinese quarters Nagasaki
Took a walk around Chinese quarters to check out the various building still intact from the period where the Chinese were segregated to live here. Earth God Temple.

Chinese quarters Nagasaki
Hokkien Huey Guan, a place where all the Hokkien community can gather.

Chinese quarters Nagasaki
Goddess of Mercy Temple.

Chinese quarters Nagasaki
Tian Hou Gong to pray for the safety of the people who sail the seas.

Nagasaki Western lunch
Due to western influences back to the days, western food is also famous from Nagasaki.

Nagasaki Western lunch
The most famous pork cutlet curry rice with butter rice.

Nagasaki Western lunch
I opted for the normal pork cutlet curry rice.

Address:N西洋亭長崎県長崎市出島町1-1 長崎出島ワーフ

Train ride back to Hakata
Saying good bye to the vast nature in Kyushu.

Starflyer
First experience with the mid-price range budget airline, Starflyer, in Japan. It wasn’t too bad and they do provide drink service too.

Kyushu snacks
Some snacks from Kyushu for souvenir. Fancy a ramen flavored snack?

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