When the sun sets and darkness begin to settle, the Nagasaki city lights glows brighter promising a night to remember. Let your hair down at the end of the day, kick back and explore the other face of the city. Nagasaki will provide great times from its mountains to the sea with a whole bunch of fun in between. With food music lights and drinks, there is something waiting for you in the night.
1. Tin Pan Alley
Tin Pan Alley Live House is a fun place to start. Better bring your song list because the band will play your requests. Featuring their house band as well as local bands Tin Pan Alley has a Blues feel about it that will make you groove the night away. Tin Pan Alley is a name given to New York’s songwriters and music publishers. In 1928, the song ‘Nagasaki’ was made popular by jazz bands and is heard in movie soundtracks through time. Although vaguely related to this bar in Nagasaki, it just makes sense to have this Tin Pan Alley.
- Name: Tin Pan Alley Live House
- Address: Motoshikkui cho 5-10 Jakoya building 4F Nagasaki, Nagasaki 850-0901
- Opening hour: Tue – Sun 7 pm – 3 am
- Phone: +81 95-818-8277
- Website: www.tin-pan-alley.jp
2. Bar 10c
The 10c Bar is a hotspot for ladies who enjoy cocktails and fresh squeezed juices in drinks. It would be a classy choice yet intimate and private. It is a popular spot because of its simplicity and elegance. The somber lighting inside this bar really can set the mood. Drinks can be a little expensive, but it is a very nice place. If you are single and looking, then 10c Bar may have something for you to see.
- Name: Bar 10c
- Address: Kimuraya Bldg. 3F 8-20 Hamaya-machi Nagasaki-shi Shianbashi 850-0853
- Price: ¥ 800 – ¥ 1000
- Phone: +81 95-825-1727
3. Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park, which recreates a Dutch town. A few of the main attractions are a theater and a replica of the Palace. Beautiful at night as the park lights up with thousands of lights to make you sigh in awe. Huis Ten Bosch also has a wonderful nightlife with bars restaurants and shops. Day and night, this place is a popular tourist attraction. The thousands of tulips around the windmills and along the riverbanks will make you feel that you are in Holland. The fireworks display will cap your night, which is a great ending for a Huis Ten Bosch trip.
- Name: Huis Ten Bosch
- Address: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch Machi, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture 859-3292, Japan
- Park Price: ¥ 3000 – ¥ 15000
- Opening hour: Park Hours- 9 am 10 pm bars and restaurants run later.
- Website: www.english.huistenbosch.co.jp
4. Panic Paradise
Panic Paradise is a basement club and a hub for local musicians and artists. Nagasaki is full of budding artists who frolic around the city’s bars and clubs. Panic Paradise is just one of the venues that feed artists bring out the creativity in them. This place boasts of all kinds of music rock memorabilia. For the party goers, this is a place to rock the night away. You get to talk to local musicians over cocktails or beers.
- Name: Panic Paradise
- Address: 5-33 Yorozuya-machi Nagato Shokai Building BF1 Nagasaki 850-0852
- Price: ¥ 700 – ¥3000
- Opening hour: 9pm – 4 am
- Phone: +81 95 824 6167
5.The Drunkard’s Dream
Bring your thirst and appetite because the Drunkards Dream is a great place that is also notable for their lunch and dinner menu. True to its word, this place provides a ‘happier’ spot for drinkers. Overflowing booze and cocktails are available of course. The fully stocked bar will wow you where cocktails, shots, and beers are abundant. Nagasaki is also known as a University city, so you will see more college students in this spot during the weekends.
- Name: The Drunkard’s Dream
- Address: blacksmith -cho 4-12 SawaOka Building 1F Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
- Opening hour: 8 am – 4 am
- Phone: +81 95-895-7534
6. Glover Gardens
The hill of Minami-Yamate is home to the Glover Gardens, a preserved historical structure dedicated to Thomas Glover. This place will bring you back in time where you can see the residential area of foreigners who first started trading and business in Nagasaki. The garden is adorned with lights at night illuminating your leisure walks at the gardens. The garden overlooks the harbor and against the city lights, the view is just perfect.
- Name: Glover Garden
- Address: Japan, 850-0931 Nagasaki Prefecture, Nagasaki, Minamiyamatemachi, 8-1
- Price: ¥ 140 – ¥ 680
- Opening hour: 8 am – 6 pm Check website for holiday operating hours
- Holiday: Check website for holiday operating hours
- Website: www.glover-garden.jp
7. Nagasaki Lantern Festival
The lighted lanterns in different shapes and sizes are common features hanging on the streets of Nagasaki. Whether you are here during a festival or not, you will certainly find a spot adorned with lanterns. The Chinese traders who are one of the first merchants in Nagasaki brought this celebration from their homeland. Through time, the festival has become part of Nagasaki’s yearly celebration. For endless events, the Chinese New Year at the end of January will bring various activities at night. Go to the streets for some night shopping. Witness the lion dances, fireworks and endless parade at the Minato Park and Chuo Park. Get entertained and enjoy the night away.
- Name: Nagasaki Sinchi Chinatown Lantern Festival
- Address: Shinchi Chinatown, Chuo Koen, Tojin Yashiki, Kofukuji, Kaji-ichi, Haman-machi Arcade, Koushi-byou (Confucian Shrine)
- Holiday: January 1 to 15 (Lunar Calendar) Feb. 8 to 22, 2016- Jan.28 to Feb.11, 2017
Head to Maruyama district to find Pysbar this bar is set in an old house where past and present mix. To enter here, you must remove your shoes so if you get tired of doing that we do not recommend that you wear laced up shoes. It may look very traditional and modest. Without the neon sign by the door, you would think that it is a private home. Once you open the sliding door to enter, you will also get that feeling of walking into someone’s home. Once inside, you will be surprised to see the place transform into a bar. With a superb view and your drink, you will surely feel like someone from the Meiji era.
- Name: Psybar Space On
- Address: 1-3-2, Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan
- Opening hour: Mon-Sat 6 pm – 1 am, closed Sun
- Phone: 095-820-5288
- Website: www.nagasaki.web-saito.net/psybaroff/20111229.html
9. Mount Inasa
Mt. Inasa is a mountain overlooking the beautiful city of Nagasaki. With an elevated height of 1,093 feet, travelers and visitors will surely have a bird’s eye view of the city to the bay and the horizon. An observation deck is available as well as a cable car that offers a thrilling ride to the top of the mountain. There is a cool restaurant with big glass windows for you to dine with a view. If you are a shutterbug, this place is a must go. So bring your tri-pod for that perfect night shots of the city.
- Name: Mont Inasa
- Address: Fuchimachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 852-8012, Japan
- Price: Nagasaki Ropeway: Round trip: ¥ 1230, One way ¥720
- Access: 5 minutes from Fuchi Shrine to Inasadake Station(Mt.Inasa Observation Platform)
- Opening hour: 7 days a week throughout the year (except for annual maintenance in early December). 8 am – 8 pm
- Phone: 095 825 5175
- Website: www.yakei.at-nagasaki.jp/en/
10. Bar Californication
Bar Californication is famous for its American Style bar scene. Chicken wings, pizzas, and Coronas will make you feel like you are back in California. The big screen televisions let you catch up on the latest events in sports. If you crave for the good old fashioned bar games with your friends, find the dartboard and throw a game of darts. Sit back, try the Shisha (hookah pipe), and enjoy the scene.
- Name: Bar Californication
- Address: 3-11 Sasebo 857-0055 Japan
- Price: ¥ 2000 – ¥ 400
- Opening hour: Mon – Sun 11 am – 12am
- Phone: +81 956 76 8813
Nagasaki is a destination that is worth a visit. It is filled with watering holes that go back from years of when the city opened its ports to the foreign traders. The colorful history from eons ago to that tragic incident which led this city to become a global controversy is just a few of many reasons to travel the prefectures of Nagasaki. Marvel now at how Nagasaki rose from the ashes and became this picturesque city by the bay. There are many reasons indeed, not to mention the great food, the culture, the sights and the cool weather. The list goes on and on, from sunrise to sunset, you will get enamored with Nagasaki’s nooks and crannies. That is the secret of Nagasaki.
Have a good trip and travel!