One of the tall ships in all its glory (Photo: Marufish / CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival [Cancelled]

A celebration of this port city's trading history

Venue: Nagasaki Seaside Park When: Late Apr 2023

Cancelled event

It has been reported this event is cancelled for the current year — please check the official site for more details.

Last updated: Mar 23, 2023

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

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

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