9 Days of Rustic Kyushu, Day 3 (Part 4): Mt Inasa Night View

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Day 3: Atomic Bomb Museum + Peace Park --> Hashima Island --> Glover Garden --> Mt Inasa Night View --> Hotel

After dinner we proceeded to have dinner at Shikairo (四海楼), a Chinese restaurant in Nagasaki that's just right opposite our hotel. I totally love the location of our hotel, it's so convenient! I'll blog about it in the next post. Anyway, we had champon and some other dishes. It wasn't the best meal but at least we could say that we had champon at the place where it was professed to have first originated from. You can read about my mini "review" here.

After a short rest back at the hotel, we proceeded to Mt Inasa (稲佐山) for the night view. Mt Inasa is a 333 metres tall hill that is located near the city centre. There are a few ways to get to the summit for the night view: by car, by bus and by ropeway. We did the obviously tourist thing and went for the ropeway which accorded us quite a lovely view of the dying sunset as we went up.

The first thing that struck us once we reached the cable car station at the top, was the number of TV and radio transmitter stations! They were all brightly lit up and lined up along the short walk to the observation deck so there was no way we could have missed those towering structures! In fact, from from angles, there was no way I could get that structure out of the picture frame!

The night view at Mt Inasa has been touted as one of the top 3 spectacular night views of Japan, with the other 2 being Mt Hakodate in Hokkaido and Mt Rokko in Kobe. While I've been to both Mt Hakodate and Mt Rokko, I was only in Mt Rokko in the day and did not get to witness the night cityscape. Hah! That means I'll definitely have to do another trip to Kobe one day to complete that hat-trick!

I digress, but what I was trying to get at was that I was now able to compare the night views of Mt Hakodate and Mt Inasa. Unfortunately, both mom and I agreed wholeheartedly that we both preferred the night view at Mt Hakodate. Mt Hakodate's night view struck me as softer and more romantic. You can read about it here.

In my opinion, the selling point for Mt Inasa's night view was the lights flanking the Nagasaki harbour, like a huge waterway and the lights are the guiding points.

By the way, there is also a restaurant at the summit of Mt Inasa. You may want to consider having your dinner there. Then you can catch a pretty sunset and end the night with the glittering lights.

Tourist Information

Mt Inasa
Address: Inasamachi, Nagasaki 852-8011
Local address: 〒852-8011稲佐町稲佐山
DID: +81 95-844-1188
Ropeway Fees: 1,230 yen for a round trip. One-way tickets are about 720 yen.
Check for their annual maintenance periods.


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