A Road Trip of Cultural Exploration (3 Days)

A Road Trip of Cultural Exploration (3 Days)-1

Depart from Nagasaki Airport and embark on a relaxing journey visiting Hasami, a traditional pottery town; and Nagasaki Bio Park, where you can interact with animals.
Escape from the noise of everyday life and take in Nagasaki's unique scenery at your own pace.

・Transportation: Car
*Renting a car at Nagasaki Airport is recommended.

  • Required Time:3days
  • Means of Transportation:by car, walk
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Approx. 30 min. by car from Nagasaki Airport

【Day 1】Higashisonogi Tea Plantation

A beautiful tea plantation, stretching out as far as the eye can see
【Day 1】Higashisonogi Tea Plantation-1

Higashisonogi Town produces approx. 60% of the tea in Nagasaki Prefecture. The Akagi Plantation, located near the Higashisonogi IC, is a tea plantation spread across a hill overlooking Omura Bay, where its soothing landscape and delicious tea attract many people.

Approx. 10 min. by car

【Day 1】Chiwata Station & Café

A charming café inside an old-fashion station by the sea
【Day 1】Chiwata Station & Café-1
This retro wooden station is located on the edge of Omura Bay with its platform only a few meters away from water.

The sunset view across Omura Bay from the station is particularly attractive, and it is also the perfect spot for photography enthusiasts. In addition to its retro exterior, inside the station itself is a small yet cozy cafe called "Chiwata Shokudo". Run by an incredibly friendly young couple, this cafe is well known for its curry rice (it really is great!), and it is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while you wait for the next train.

Approx. 30 min. by car

【Day 1】Hasami Ceramics Hall

【Day 1】Hasami Ceramics Hall-1
Located next to Hasami Yakimono Park, the Hasami Ceramics Hall offers hands on experiences as well as informative displays on the history and traditions of Hasami ware.

The first floor of Hasami Ceramics Hall offers activities such as pottery painting and pottery wheel experience; it also has a Hasami pottery shop. The second floor exhibits a wide range of work produced by traditional craftsmen, as well as many traditional Hasami ware including “kurawanka bowls” and “compra bottles”. There is even a pottery painting robot that will explain to you the history of Hasami ware!

Every year during Golden Week, the Hasami Pottery Festival is held at the Hasami Yakimono Park, and it is a popular event for locals and tourists alike.
  • Address 859-3711 長崎県波佐見町東彼杵郡井石郷2255-2
    TEL 0956-85-2290(波佐見町観光協会)
    Hours of Operation 9:00~17:00
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Address 859-3711 長崎県波佐見町東彼杵郡井石郷2255-2
TEL 0956-85-2290(波佐見町観光協会)
Hours of Operation 9:00~17:00

Approx. 5 min. walk

【Day 1】Stroll through western Hasami's Hara district

Renovated pottery workshops
【Day 1】Stroll through western Hasami's Hara district-1

Cafes, restaurants, and a variety of general stores are located in the center of Hasami, the pottery district. There are many unique and fashionable shops that are well-liked by young people, and the area is especially popular with ladies.

Approx. 10 min. by car

【Day 1】Hotel Bliss Villa Hasami

A comfortable hotel in the countryside
【Day 1】Hotel Bliss Villa Hasami-1

The hotel's attractions include a special breakfast using local ingredients and the "Yujiro" hot spring, which has a reputation of being good for beautiful skin, is a 1-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel is fully equipped with computers and other equipment, and payment via credit card is possible.

Address 長崎県東彼杵郡波佐見町長野郷567-1
TEL 0956-85-8338

Approx. 30 min. by car

【Day 2】Saikai Bridge

The impressive and powerful eddies of Uzu Tide
【Day 2】Saikai Bridge-1

The Saikai Bridge, connecting Sasebo City and Saikai City, is an arch-type bridge that has a total length of 316m and that is suspended 43m above the surface of the sea. Visitors enjoy views of magnificent and beautiful scenery, particularly in the spring, with the combination of the 1,000 surrounding cherry trees and the mesmerizing eddies of the Uzu Tide, counted amongst Japan's three great tides.

Approx. 20 min. by car

【Day 2】Nagasaki Bio Park

【Day 2】Nagasaki Bio Park-1
The Nagasaki Bio Park is truly a fun and unique experience for visitors of all ages! Most of the animals here are not caged, but instead are enclosed within an area that is designed to imitate their natural habitats. Most enclosures can be accessed by visitors, and one can even feed and pet some of the animals including the popular capybaras, squirrel monkeys, kangaroos and many more! Of course, there are also places within their enclosures that the animals can go to and rest if they don’t want to interact with humans.

At the Nagasaki Bio Park, every consideration has been made and every detail of the animal’s natural habitats have been carefully researched to ensure maximum comfort for the animals, and it really shows!
Address 851-3302 長崎県西海市西彼町中山郷2291-1
TEL 0959-27-1090
Hours of Operation 10:00~17:00(Last entry at 16:00)

Approx. 1 hour 30 min. by car

【Day 2】The Olive Bay Hotel

Escape the hustle and bustle to enjoy the extraordinary

The Olive Bay Hotel was built by Kengo Kuma, the architect renowned for designing the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo. This small but luxurious resort hotel is popular for its feeling of openness and the views from the rooms.

Approx. 30 min. by car

【Day 3】Strolling around Isahaya City

Feel both history and nature
【Day 3】Strolling around Isahaya City-1

While walking around the city, make sure you check out the various "Fruit Bus Stops," on the way as you head north from the city center, and the stone "Meganebashi Bridge," which was the first Important Cultural Property designated in Japan.

Immediately nearby by car

【Day 3】Eel Cuisine

Soft and exquisite eel cuisine
【Day 3】Eel Cuisine-1

Both sides of the Honmyo River, which runs through the center of Isahaya City, are lined with restaurants specializing in eel cuisine, and you can enjoy the fluffy texture of the distinctive rakuyaki cooking method, in which eels are steamed after being baked.

Approx. 30 min. by car

【Day 3】Nagasaki Airport

【Day 3】Nagasaki Airport-1

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