Comfort Hotel Nagasaki
Phone: (81) 95 827-1111
Fax: (81) 95 827-1154
Grieved by many for being the target of nuclear war in the Second World War, Nagasaki today stands tall as a city exemplifying peace and perseverance. Formerly part of Nishisonogi District, Nagasaki is the largest city of Nagasaki Perfecture in Japan. Tourists can expect much more than just plush estates to witness: there is the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum which is devoted to those who lost their lives in the atomic war or Fukusai-ji, the 18-meter-tall Bodhisattva statue dedicated to victims of war. If museums are your kind of thing, head to Dejima Museum where a mass of knowledge awaits you. Apart from turning the pages of history, visitors can also make the most of quaint dining spots and tiny souvenir stores for an enjoyable time.
Knowing that the place is YMCA may be more than a little reassuring. You can bet that people here will be helpful and friendly, beyond the already high standards in Japan. The Nagasaki YMCA branch is more than happy to provide detailed information about Nagasaki to the visitor. While the tourist information center at the station probably has most of what you need, it tends to be awfully busy at times. Here, the staff members may be a little more liberal with the time they can spend helping you, not to mention that you will not have the feeling of being rushed.
This Western-style building was constructed in the early 19th century by British national Wilson Walker. It was moved from its original location to the current site, however, and is now used as a display gallery, with a meeting room on the second floor. Currently on display on the first floor is a 1/500-scale model of Nagasaki. The meeting room on the second floor is popular, supposedly because it exudes such a thoroughly Western feel.
Every city and prefecture has its government-sponsored gymnasium, which is almost always an enormous structure that is open to the public and able to accommodate any number of sports or athletic activities. This one is located across the street from Matsuyama-machi. There are several courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton or table tennis, as well as matted areas for judo, karate and wrestling. Special applications may be submitted for "special use" of the gym as well. There are various fees depending on the type of activity and facility used, but none are very high. Pocket change will cover you.