Comfort Hotel Nagasaki
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This attractive building and supermarket is located in Tsuki-machi, not far from Hamanomachi. With its six floors and one basement, it is one of the largest, if not the largest, supermarket in Nagasaki. There is probably not a foodstuff you cannot find here. A fresh fish market in the basement opens at 7am. It has about 40 stalls and is particularly popular with shoppers. On the first to third floors, you will find mainly packaged and dry goods, while above there are miscellaneous shops, restaurants and even a conference hall!
Nagasaki's arcade of arcades! The rugged geography and somewhat cramped layout of Nagasaki City make for an abundance of narrow market streets and arcades, but this one is unquestionably the largest and most well known. It is wide enough to allow for all kinds of pedestrian traffic, and it is also roofed. The shops in this arcade are all established and well known, but chain stores are gradually edging out the older, privately owned places. Other avenues branch off from the main strip to provide further opportunity for exploring and shopping.
Daiei is a huge corporate organization that operates in the Kyushu area. The group is perhaps more well known outside of Kyushu as the sponsors of the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, the only professional baseball team in the Kyushu area, but area residents know the company equally well for the discount department stores that they run. This one is conveniently located between China Town and the Tsuki-machi tram stop, while a bus terminal is on the first floor. Its five floors and one basement floor stock about everything you could need: food, clothes, electric appliances, home accessories, and a slew of other miscellaneous items.
Daimaru is one of the more famous shopping malls in Japan. This branch is situated in a rather prestigious location: on a major corner of the Hamanomachi arcade. With eight floors and a basement, you are likely to find most of the clothing and accessories you need. The basement floor is nothing but restaurants, while the top floor is an event hall.
The name of this shop roughly translates to "Chinese import market." With tables, shelves, and any available space for that matter stocked with things Chinese, you could easily spend more than a few minutes browsing over the goods on display. Most of the products for sale are toys, though there are dolls, incense cones, and other miscellaneous items, all at reasonable prices.
This store is conveniently located on the corner of an intersection right in the center of Chinatown. What else could it sell, therefore, other than a variety of products of Chinese origin? The collection of goods on display is quite diverse, there is everything from confectionery to toys to clothing to small souvenirs. Best of all, the prices are probably within everybody's reach. Wooden figurines starting at affordable prices are hard to beat.
The attractive, unusual sweets sold here are made mainly of fruits. Strawberries, bananas, grapes, plums, kumquats and other unusual fruits have been powdered or caked, or sweetened in some other manner, to create delicious dessert items. Beside the many fruit selections, which cost around JPY140 a piece, there are also cream cheese and chocolate selections, totaling 15 varieties in all. This store is located in the China Town area.
This pleasant arcade runs behind the enormous Tamaya department store, and can actually access it by walking through the store. It is a fairly wide arcade lined with trees as well, meaning that besides pedestrians, you might have to be careful of people on bikes, scooters, or skateboards. Besides the normal find on arcades, the small and privately owned shops,this one has several fish, fruit, and meat markets to add.
This is certainly one of Nagasaki's oldest arcades, and it also acts as an approach to the Suwa Shrine as well. It is fairly narrow for an arcade, but this gives it some of its intimate character as well. Nearly all of the shops along the stretch are privately owned and operated, and those that frequent them tend to be locals. This hardly means, however, that visitors will feel out of place. There are in fact a number of rather unique shops selling traditional Japanese wares that you may not find elsewhere in the city.
This narrow stretch appropriately incorporates the word "gourmet" into its name; the number of delicious restaurants is too many to count on both your hands. But "delicious" is not synonymous with "expensive." Most are quite affordable. At night, especially after midnight, the character of the place changes a bit. Provocatively dressed women from nearby snacks and lounges, and tipsy businessmen weave along the corridor. There are also many youths in the area, taking advantage of the eateries that open late.
This cake maker has been around since the beginning of the Meiji Era (1868), though some of the techniques employed here have been around for almost 400 years. The shop specializes in one of Nagasaki's famed omiyage (gifts to take home): the kasutera, or sponge cake. A box starts at 1,400 yen, but that is not all that is available. Holland cakes are also 1400 yen, while certain hand-baked selections can be purchased from the store starting at 600 yen.
All cities in Japan are known for some certain specialty or product. Some, if not most, are actually known for several. Nagasaki has quite a few. You have champon, sponge cake, kites, karasumi, plum jelly, and a few others. Here, you can find all of those and more, especially a number of smaller, more generic items that make easy gifts, like pendants, earrings, and hand-made stained glass.