|view from the top of Mt. Nabekanmuri|
From Hotel Belleview Dejima, I headed out for a late morning hike up Mt. Nabekanmuri. With the route passing beautiful attractions such as Dejima Omotemon Footbridge and Nagasaki Seaside park, I stopped often to bask in the scenery of colorful flowers and the water.
Following Google map (link here), the 2.2 KM route cut through neighborhoods and a small forested section. A challenging surprise awaits near the base of the mountain, a steep set of stairs! Though an elevator is available, I opted to walk all the way. I needed the workout anyway. From here, I took frequent breaks to catch my breath. Alternatively, one can take a car or taxi to the parking lot and walk 5 minutes to the top which makes this mountain accessible to everyone.
It was past 11:00 AM when I reached the peak, quite late in the morning. Despite the heat, the wind was refreshing, one of the things I love about spring! From here, I could see an amazing view of the water, port and nearby mountains. I stayed for a long time until it got very hot.
With plenty of time, I headed to Glover Garden, entering from Gate 2 which is closer to Mt. Nabekanmuri. An outdoor museum featuring a beautiful garden, scenic views of the sea and Western-style houses of Nagasaki's early foreign residents, it's one of the city's main attractions. (Entrance Fee : 620 Yen for adults. Visit Glover Garden website for more info on rates and opening hours). For snacks, I went to the tea house and tried their Castella cake and Dutch coffee. I stayed for a while here, enjoying the view from the window.
|Dutch iced coffee and Castella cake served at Glover Garden's tea house.|
From Glover Garden, I walked to Oura cathedral. There's entrance fee to be paid to get inside so I just skipped it. A few blocks out, I saw a more interesting stop for a foodie like me - Nagasaki Minami Yamate Pudding! It's a small shop selling puddings that come in different flavors.
|Turkish rice - one of Nagasaki's infamous dishes. |
The origin of its name is not known and you can read up
several theories about it online.
Google map link to Mt. Nabekanmuri Park here.
There are no fees to be paid during your hike.
Nagasaki can be reached by train (Travel time : 1.5-2 hours) from Hakata station in Fukuoka. For train schedules, you can check with Google Maps.
Date of Hike : April 2023, Spring
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