Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival

A celebration of this port city's trading history

By Kim    - 1 min read
Venue: Nagasaki Seaside Park When: Late Apr 2022

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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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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

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