Pickup Now ! Vol.06
A port city on the western tip of Kyushu, Nagasaki is often called the “Port of Cranes” because of its busy harbor. When the sun sets, Nagasaki’s nightscape is transformed into a constellation of shining stars. The “million dollars” night view of Nagasaki from Mount Inasa is ranked as one of Japan’s “Top Three Night Views.”
The summit can be most conveniently accessed by the ropeway. The ropeway station is located near Fuchi Shrine. Visitors can spend some quiet moments in the shrine and even pray for good weather before heading up the mountain.
The short but scenic ropeway ride in a glass-panelled cable car fills you with anticipation.
Like the ropeway, the new viewing observatory was reopened in 2011 to much fanfare. The cylindrical building is encased in glass for an immersive 360-degree viewing experience. From the extended roof of the observatory, visitors are rewarded with a panorama of Nagasaki’s nightscape.
Other than feasting their eyes on the night view, visitors can indulge in Nagasaki culinary delights like Champon or Sara Udon in the Hikari No Restaurant on the second level of the observatory.
The combination of beauty and serenity of Nagasaki’s nightscape makes Mount Inasa a popular spot for couples. There is even a heart-shaped monument that eternalises romantic promises made by lovers who visit the observatory.
Mount Inasa also offers picturesque views in the day, especially in spring when the cherry blossoms and azalea flowers are in full bloom. Whether for romance or sightseeing, Mount Inasa is the perfect place to enjoy the essence of Nagasaki at high altitude.
A passionate educator, Wendy has experiences teaching English in Singapore, Japan and around the world on Peace Boat. With a MA in literary studies, she enjoys writing about her travel adventures. Embracing the “carpe diem” spirit, she thinks that life is too short not to eat and travel non-stop!