Well worth a half day tour, the trip out of Nagasaki harbor is very scenic and worth the 3,600 Yen. The history of this little island is fascinating starting with the discovery of coal in 1810 and the process to mine the coal in unbelievable conditions. Although I wasn't originally interested in going on this excursion I am really glad that I did. The tour provides a video in Japanese with some English but the guide for the non-Japanese tourists had excellent English and provided a very good tour once we got off the boat and onto the island. Although you can't walk a great deal on the island because of the damage done to the buildings from typhoons since it was closed down in 1976 you can still get a good sense of what it must have been like living there. I would recommend that you bring a snack a long on the tour as they only provide a candy once you get on the boat.
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