Nagasaki – 長崎 “Long peninsula” – is located in Kyushu, the most southern island of the four main Japanese islands. As it is also the most western city in Japan, it was the “entry” to Japan for Europeans in the 16th century, until the 19th century. Still now, the influence of Europe (mainly Portugal and Holland) is very much felt there in many ways (food, churches …).
Nagasaki Prefecture is located in the southwest of Japan. Embraced by mountains on one side, and bordered by the sea on the other, the prefecture is surrounded on all sides by natural beauty. The prefecture is also full of historical, traditional, and cultural riches. Historically, Nagasaki played an important role in Japan’s international relations. A vast amount of culture and knowledge from Asia and Europe flowed to and from Japan via Nagasaki and contributed greatly to the modernization of Japan.
Nagasaki has a little less than 500,000 inhabitants.
Summers in Nagasaki are long, hot and humid whereas winters are very mild.
Among the universities located in the city are Nagasaki University, Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies, Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science.
The Nagasaki airport is mainly for domestic flights, though it is possible to fly to China or South Korea from there. The Fukuoka international airport will serve more internation destinations, though in Asia only.