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Dejima, Nagasaki

3.6
#2 of 43 in Museums in Nagasaki
A history enthusiast should not miss a tour of Dejima, the restored site of what was once a manmade island, and Japan's only window into the outside world during the Edo period. Originally built for Portuguese missionaries, the fan-shaped artificial island quickly became a Dutch trading port and, for centuries, the only place in Japan that had contact with other parts of the world. Although not an island anymore, the site offers you a chance to admire restored historic buildings that the traders used, and even sample the "Western cuisine" of that era. Arrange your visit to Dejima and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nagasaki using our Nagasaki route maker website .
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  • It is an indispensable place to talk about the history of Nagasaki, a key point of trade in the Edo period. The shape of the surrounding landfill itself is hard to see, but the inside is reproduced at that time and becomes like an amusement facility. Not to mention the reproduced building itself, there were various exhibitions, and it was very much a learning experience. The miniature of dejima by the entrance on the Chinatown side was also very elaborately made, so it is a sight to see.
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  • Dejima was a man-made island in the port of Nagasaki, constructed in 1636 to segregate Portuguese residents from the Japanese population and control their missionary activities. Today, Dejima is not a...  more »
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  • Excellent reproduction of history between Japan and the West. Really gives you a sense of a true trade balance that endured here amidst the exploitation waged by European powers across the rest of the world at the time. A credit to Japan and the Netherlands. Recommend immersing yourself for 2 to 3 hours. The English language coverage is extensive and very well narrated.
  • Living history brought back in Nagasaki. I enjoyed it tremendously. It is a beautiful place with a decent historical context. There are not many places that remind so vividly to Japans history. If you can also visit Hirado.
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