Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Use the Tram to Tour Nagasaki, the City of Slopes
Written by Norihisa Hasegawa
Nagasaki city has a culture of its own, one that is a mixture of western, Chinese and traditional Japanese culture. Nagasaki is also known as a city of slopes, making it a little difficult to tour the city on foot. We will be introducing the tram that wil
Nagasaki prefecture has developed its own unique culture, one that is a mix of western, Chinese and traditional Japanese culture. It boasts many tourist attractions for which the Kyushu Region is famous, such as the national treasure Ōura Tenshudō. The central city of this Nagasaki prefecture is Nagasaki.
If it's your first time in Nagasaki, you will probably be surprised by the number of slopes it has. Today, we'll be introducing the tram that will make your transportation around slope-full Nagasaki much easier.
The Tram is Convenient for Nagasaki Sightseeing
Once you've arrived at Nagasaki station, you should first stop by the tourist information center.
You can receive a sightseeing map of the city as well as a tram route map for free, which will be helpful in case you get lost.
As means of transportation in Nagasaki, there are the bus and the tram. The major tourist spots have tram stations nearby, so we recommend the tram for sightseeing.
How to Use the Tram
From here, we will be explaining how to use the tram.
First, check your map to find a tram stop. You should be careful as the platform may differ depending on where you're headed.
Waiting at the station, a tram will arrive with its destination indicated. Tram fees are paid when you get off. The price is a flat fare of 120 yen for adults and 60 yen for children, no matter how far you are going.
When you're nearing your destination, push this button. The train will stop at the next station.
When you get off the tram, put your money inside the fare box located next to the driver's seat. You can break money with this machine as well, but you'll be able to exit the train smoothly if you have 120 yen ready beforehand.
Use the One-Day Pass if You're Planning on Moving Around
There are many tourist spots in Nagasaki. If you're planning on visiting many spots in one day, you should use the One-Day Pass that gives you unlimited rides for 500 yen a day.
This One-Day Pass cannot be purchased on the tram. They are sold at Nagasaki station's tourist information center as well as at the front desk of major hotels, so if you plan on using one you should purchase one beforehand.
To use your One-Day pass, just show it to the driver when you get off.
There are many tourist spots in Nagasaki. In order to efficiently visit these spots in a limited time, using the tram is a must. If you visit Nagasaki, we recommend you use the One-Day pass to check out all the great sightseeing spots.
Bonus: How to Get to Nagasaki from Hakata
When heading to Nagasaki from overseas, it's typical to get there via Fukuoka. You will be flying directly to Fukuoka Airport or heading to Hakata station from Tokyo or Kyotoby Shinkansen.
To reach Nagasaki from Hakata station, you will probably be using the train. The "Kamome" express will get you to Nagasaki in approximately 2 hours. It's a train that runs near the sea as well as in the mountains, letting you enjoy the Japanese scenery as you travel.
Make Use of Discount Tickets
Express trains in the Kyushu region offer discount tickets such as 2 for 6180 yen or 4 for 10280 yen. You can use two tickets for the round trip or use them one way with another person. You can purchase these on the day of your trip at Hakata station.
If you're planning on staying in Japan for a while or going to Tokyo from Fukuoka, we also recommend the convenient JAPAN RAILPASS.
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