Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
The museum and adjoining park is dedicated to the victims of the American bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, and is an important stop for World War II history enthusiasts. Exhibits cover the explosion and its aftermath, as well as the rebuilding of Nagasaki in the postwar era. Sculptures donated to the city from around the world are sprinkled across the neighboring Peace Park.
Take a boat from the city harbor 10 miles out to sea to Hashima Island, one of 522 uninhabited isles in the Nagasaki prefecture. Deserted in the 1970’s, Hashima’s concrete high-rises—many of which were a part of a defunct Mitsubishi coal factory—have fallen into disrepair, and provided inspiration for the ghost island in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.
Set on a hill in beautifully landscaped gardens, this open-air museum comprises nine mansions that blend Western and Japanese architectural styles—windows are distinctly French, the chimneys British, the latticework Japanese—built in the Meiji era between 1868 and 1912 for European merchants. Glover Mansion, the prettiest of the bunch, is believed to be the setting for Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.