Known for its rare cherry blossom trees that blossom in spring, Omura embraces the outdoors with lush public parks and lakes. Centuries-old cultural arts traditions flourish amidst historical structures and ancient castle ruins.
Thing to do
Identified as a castle town, Omura City harbours the remains of Kushima Castle, which sits within Omura Park. This is one of the best places to view cherry blossoms and blooming flowers and plants throughout the seasons. You can also visit the 1800s residence of Kusumoto Masataka built in the Meiji period, which holds Tangible Cultural Property designation.
Check park and venue schedules for performances of The Three Dances in Kori. The dance tradition has been carried down for generations and it’s considered good luck if you duck beneath the wreaths of flowers carried by the dancers.
Visit local crafts shops in the main town centre to find Omura handiworks, such as Matsubara knives and sickles created by master swordsmiths. Seek out other handmade treasures, including Sansai ceramic arts and jewellery made from Omura Bay pearls.
Head over to Nodake Lake for some pedal boating or cycling around the shoreline. Afterwards, dine on the local Omura Zushi speciality at Omura Kakuzushi Yamato restaurant. The unique sushi dish is created with layered sushi rice, sea bream and shredded omelette sliced into squares.
Getting around Ōmura
Most visitors to Omura arrive at Nagasaki Airport, less than five kilometres away. Rental cars are available at the airport or you can take the short train ride to Omura Station. Taxis offer transportation around town and there are limited bus services.