Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown
One of Japan’s three biggest Chinatowns, along with those in Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture) and Kobe (Hyogo Prefecture), it is the oldest of all. The area is filled with Chinese restaurants and general shops.
Nagasaki Lantern Festival is held in Shinchi Chinatown and the surrounding area from January 1 to 15 in the traditional lunar calendar (around late January to mid-February in the modern solar calendar) every year. Over 15,000 Chinese lanterns are lit during the festival, creating a mesmerizing view.
Among other festivals, Nagasaki Kunchi Festival is unique by incorporating various international cultures, including Chinese culture. The annual festival, held from October 7 to 9 at Suwa-jinja Shrine, has more than 380 years of history and tradition. Its parade features powerful performances, such as a lion dance.
10-13 Shinchi-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Pref.