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Nagasaki City
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From top to bottom, left to right: Ōura Cathedral, Nakashima River, Glover Garden, Nagasaki Kunchi, Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown, Nagasaki Peace Park
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City of Peace
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Map of Nagasaki Prefecture with Nagasaki highlighted in pink
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Nagasaki (Japan)
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Coordinates: 32°44′41″N129°52′25″E / 32.74472°N 129.87361°E / 32.74472; 129.87361 Coordinates: 32°44′41″N129°52′25″E / 32.74472°N 129.87361°E / 32.74472; 129.87361
CountryFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Nagasaki Prefecture
  Mayor Tomihisa Taue (2007–)
  Total405.86 km2 (156.70 sq mi)
  Land240.71 km2 (92.94 sq mi)
  Water165.15 km2 (63.76 sq mi)
 (June 1, 2020)
  Total407,624 [1]
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
– Tree Chinese tallow tree
– Flower Hydrangea
Phone number095-825-5151
Address2–22 Sakura-machi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki-ken
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Nagasaki in kanji

On August 9, 1945, the population was estimated to be 263,000. As of March 1, 2017, the city had population of 505,723 and a population density of 1,000 persons per km2.


Nagasaki is represented in the J. League of football with its local club, V-Varen Nagasaki.

Main sites

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A plaque and the Peace Statue at the Nagasaki Peace Park
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Monument at the atomic bomb hypocenter in Nagasaki
Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims Nagasaki peace memorial hall.jpg
Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
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Sōfuku-ji (National treasure of Japan)


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Nagasaki City seen from the Inasayama Observatory, facing southeast.


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Nagasaki Lantern Festival

The Prince Takamatsu Cup Nishinippon Round-Kyūshū Ekiden, the world's longest relay race, begins in Nagasaki each November.

Kunchi, the most famous festival in Nagasaki, is held from October 7–9.

The Nagasaki Lantern Festival, [39] celebrating the Chinese New Year, is celebrated from February 18 to March 4.


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Original Shikairō Champon

Notable people

Twin towns

The city of Nagasaki maintains sister cities or friendship relations with other cities worldwide. [40]

See also

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