How to get on Nagasaki city tram

The Nagasaki Electric Railway was founded in 1914, and began service the following year with a 3.7-km line between Hospital Shimo (near the current University Hospital) and Chikumachi. The line was extended in small increments over a short period of time, and south of Hamaguchi-machi, the current line was almost completed by 1921. In 1968, the line was extended between Shikanbashi and Shogakuji-shita, and became the current network.

Enjoy the exotic cityscape from the train window. After sightseeing Chinatown, Glover Garden, and Oura Tenshudo, you can compare sponge cake tastes.

If you are interested in trains, you can also visit the Nagasaki Tramway Museum (free admission) on the 3rd floor of the Nagasaki Seiyo-kan for more in-depth knowledge.

The line length is 11.5 km, with five lines in total: the main line 6.9 km (between Sumiyoshi and Shogakuji-shita), Akasako branch line 0.4 km (between Akasako and Sumiyoshi), Oura branch line 1.1 km (between Tsukimachi and Ishibashi), Sakura-machi branch line 0.9 km (between Nagasaki Station and Public Hall), and Hotaruchaya branch line 2.2 km (Nishihama-cho and Hotaruchaya). The gauge is 1,435mm, the overhead line voltage is 600V DC on all lines, and all lines are operated by one-man operation.


Fares are flat at 140 yen for adults and 70 yen for children, to be paid later.
  • Regardless of the riding area, it costs 140 yen per adult and 70 yen per child.
  • There are no numbered tickets. Please pay at the fare box when you get off the bus.
  • No change will be given, so please exchange money in advance at the fare boxes at the front and rear of the train.
Compatible with nationwide inter-use transportation system IC cards
  • Touch your IC card to the reader for boarding and touch it to the reader for alighting.

How to get on the tram

Get in from the back, get out from the front.
  • Please board at the rear door and exit at the front door.
  • The area near the entrance door is crowded, so please proceed inside after boarding.
One-day passes are not sold on board.
  • They are sold at tourist information centers and hotels in the city.

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