Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival

A celebration of this port city's trading history

By Kim B    - 1 min read
Venue: Nagasaki Seaside Park When: Apr 23 - Apr 27th 2020

Nagasaki is a city with a rich international history. It was Japan's second city to open up to global trading, and the country's only port for international trade from 1639 until 1859 under the direction of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

The Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival began back in 2000, as a way to celebrate the long history of trading between Japan and The Netherlands. During the festival dates, Nagasaki Harbor will be home to numerous tall ships with their trademark white sails. Visitors to the festival will be able to explore the ships up close, and enjoy a range of other activities around the Nagasaki Seaside Park.

In the evenings, the tall ships will be illuminated, and there will also be fireworks displays once the sun goes down.

Getting there

To enjoy the Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival, take the tram to Dejima Station, and walk towards the Dejima Wharf area. The festival is held at the Nagasaki Seaside Park, which is approximately five minutes away on foot.

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Japan dwelling expat, living in and loving this beautiful country. Tokyo was my home for several years, but I'm now enjoying the countryside life in Niigata. Currently at 44 of 47 prefectures visited - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out!

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Sherilyn Siy 3 weeks ago
Cue in theme from Pirates of the Carribean. My heart is racing just looing at the photos!
Elena Lisina 3 weeks ago
Wonderful view!!!
Elena Lisina 3 weeks ago
I'd love that!
Elizabeth S 3 weeks ago
I wish I could go.

Can you see tall ships in Kanto region ports?
Elizabeth S 3 weeks ago
Thanks for the link! I’ll check that one out.