Friday 5th October
After a solid breakfast, Chris bravely suggest a walk around the block. Still not as straight forward as you'd think, and while we didn't get lost it was puzzling for a while. Found that the shops don't open till about 10:30am so did a bit of window shopping before discovering this very fancy coffee shop. Two guys in butler type garb behind a long counter. Not a word of English spoken or to be read. Said we wanted a coffee and one opens a folder with lots of Japanese writing but prices we could read. Not really knowing want we were choosing we just pointed at one and off he went. Opens a drawer and brings out a bag of beans which he carefully measured before grinding. Puts the grounds into a container over a scientific looking bulb glass with water. Adds a burner and it bubbles and brews away. Pours into two fine bone china coffee cups and saucers, served with sugar and whipped cream. Delightful. What an amazing find.
Back at the hotel we checked out and walked the one minute to the train station to catch the Kamome Limited Express to Nagasaki. Just under two hours. Not as quiet as the trains we've been on till now. Typical clickety clack type train though still very nice inside. We had seats on the left side as we travelled down which afforded the best view travelling around the bays as you came into Nagasaki. A series of long tunnels before we're not pleasant, causing a lot of pressure on the eardrums. This train not pressurised like the KTX.
Nagasaki Station was small and easy to navigate. Information provided us with tram map, circling the two lines we needed to catch and even the day pass at 500 yen each ($6). Each tram trip, regardless of distance, is 120 yen, so the pass is well worth it's value. We clocked up double that be the end of the days tripping. Very easy to navigate the trams, hooray finally we can get from A to B without getting lost. My directions said the hotel was a white building down a side street from the Ourakaigandori Station, about a minutes walk and it was.
Hotel Monterey. What a beautiful quaint place. Portuguese influence throughout the place, open air courtyard, shuttered windows, blue and white tiles. Again, no rest. Dump the bags and headed of sightseeing. First port of call was the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Group of school kids were heading in about the same time and we had a chorus of 'hellos' greeting us as we walked passed. Museum was filled off many damaged remains of buildings and everyday goods from after the bombing. Had shadows of leaves on a doors where they blocked the blast and a photo where a fireman had been standing with his ladder. Quite eerie. It was well put together, very factual with no portion of blame. Nagasaki was just very unlucky. On the day, the bomb was meant for another city but it was covered in cloud so Nagasaki was second on the list. It was also covered in cloud and the mission was about to be aborted when the cloud broke long enough for the target to be sighted. Survivors had written their accounts of the day and I started to read them. Got the the second one and walked out in tears. So very sad. Just wanted to leave after that.
Walked through ground zero, then onto the Peace Park, which was a very restful place as intended.
Managed to find our way back to the tram to take us to Mt.Inasa lookout. Well, it takes you to the stop that leads to the mountain after another 15 minute walk. Took the rope way to the top of the 333m summit, about 5 minutes. Very smooth apart from the slight bump as it goes over the support. Got to the top as the sun was setting and stayed till dark. Very beautiful. Trip down was rather crowded but guess they know how many they can cram into the car. Got back safely, obviously. Even managed the return journey of trams back to the hotel. I do like Nagasaki.
Dinner in the hotels very French/Portuguese restaurant almost finished the night. Chris wanted an evening stroll around the harbour. Feel very safe walking around here like we did in Korea. You wonder if its just tourist naivety but all the locals are out and about - women running at night by themselves, young kids fishing, old couples walking.