Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nagasaki Sushi Experience

In my adopted Prefecture of Nagasaki we without doubt have some of the best and freshest tasting fish in all of Japan.  Now, for those who aren`t in the know, which is most of us non Japanese people, not all sushi tastes the same!  Of course going to a fast food type sushi restaurant (kaizen sushi/ sushi train) is a good experience but going to a real sushi restaurant where the Master makes the sushi right in front of you and prepares the meal one piece at a time, this is what eating sushi is all about!

I am so lucky to have one of the best sushi restaurants in my backyard and the ingredients and choices change according to the season and what the Master believes will satisfy his patrons the most.
The interaction with the Master (known as Taisho in Japanese) adds to the experience of the meal as does the Japanese sake (rice wine) which compliments the sushi to a T!

If you wish to request this type of Gourmet eating experience on your Private Nagasaki Tour it can be catered for depending on whether the Master is available that day.

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Sea Bream

Sea Urchin


2 Types of Tuna

Delicious Eel
Special herb and sauce
The Master hard at work
Looks amazing

Unlimited varieties

And if you thought the Sushi in Nagasaki is great you should check out the Sashimi:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Isahaya Spectacle Bridge Performance

Every now and then whilst conducting one of my tours something special and unexpected happens which gives all my customers and even me a thrill.

On one of the last Private Nagasaki Tours I did, the first stop of the day was at the Isahaya Spectacle Bridge and the High School Cheer Squad nearby decided to give us an impromptu perform and belt out a couple to massive cheer songs.

Well I can tell you everyone was captivated by their enthusiasm, excitement and of course their voices.  It can be viewed as passion but more likely a sense of pride of their school and specifically their team that drives these students to show the amount of dedication and spirit that they do.  This was easily conveyed to the viewer and we were left with a positive outlook of the situation, place and atmosphere of the performance.

A great start to the day!!

Check out the Isahaya Spectacle Bridge on a map:

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Isahaya Spectacle Bridge

High School Cheer Squad

On the bridge

Picture Perfect Park

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mount Inasayama Daytime Nagasaki

Mount Inasayama Nagasaki is a 333 meter high mountain in close proximity to the city center in Nagasaki. Yama in Japanese means Mountain and Inasa Mountain is the King of all the peaks in Nagasaki. It is for this reason that you should make this location a priority

The summit can be reached by ropeway and car and offers 360 degree views over the city especially on a clear day.  The night views from Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan's three best night views. The observation platform provides spectacular views of Nagasaki's "10 Million Dollar Night View". It is a view that you can't forget in a hurry as well because the sights and the scenery from this location so close to the city is undeniable.

Mount Inasayama Nagasaki`s location is a wonderful way to start your tour of this amazing city by understanding its special geography and topography which makes it a unique place. Without a doubt, on a clear day, unobstructed views of the seas and mountains make this lookout spectacular and a must on anyone's itinerary whilst they are partaking in some leisurely sightseeing whilst in Nagasaki. I usually stay away from the ropeways as I prefer to walk or drive up to the summit but for those without a vehicle or who have limited time in fabulous Nagasaki the ropeway is the choice of transport needed.

Well worth a visit, comes highly recommended especially on a super clear day where Mount Unzen to the east and the outlying Goto Islands to the west some 60 to 80 kilometers away can be seem with ease!  I have been lucky to capture the sights on just this sort of day!  The question is, will you be as lucky as me when you join one of my Private Nagasaki Tours?

Please check out Mount Inasayama Nagasaki here on a map!

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City Center

Cruise terminal below

Megame Bridge

Check out this video of Mount Inasayama below and see why the daytime view is so spectacular: