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Dejima

6-1 Dejimamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0862, Japan
+81 95-821-7200
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Ranked #9 of 133 attractions in Nagasaki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: An artificial island to which Dutch workers were restricted during Japan's era of isolation, the area is now being restored and includes historical... more » Owner description: An artificial island to which Dutch workers were restricted during Japan's era of isolation, the area is now being restored and includes historical buildings, a museum and a miniature model of the former island. « less
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Boring, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

It's still a work-in-progress as the Dejima team continue to acquire the surrounding land to fully recreate buildings in the colony. Building materials are sourced from nearby areas. All in, great effort in preserving history.

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Scotland
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9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We visited Dejima and spent around 3 hours there. You can see everything in this time, or even 2 hours would suffice. It is a very interesting attraction, depicting the history of the Dutch/Japanese. Although most of the area is not original, this didn't have an adverse effect on our visit. I would recommend a few hours here if you... More

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Vermont
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146 reviews 146 reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

You can walk around here without going into any of the buildings to get a feel for the place. Much of it is reconstructed. It is possible to look over the wall of the museum courtyard and see the outdoor model of the Dejima. We are glad we didn't pay to enter.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

For over 200 years Japan effectively closed its doors to all outsiders except for this small pocket of Dutch traders who settled in Nagasaki. They built their little town into a fan shaped enclave and much of that has survived today to wander round. The walls, gates, some houses, a garden and warehouses have been restored as part of an... More

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Amsterdam
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26 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Before visiting Dejima I thought this would be a couple of houses with little interest. I was however pleasantly surprised. I thought it gives a good idea about the trade and the life of Dutchmen in those days. There are several houses and good explanation as to the activities and the interaction between the Dutch and the Japanese. There is... More

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Warrnambool
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We loved reading about the past history but did not like the modern way the village has been reconstructed..it would be more authentic if furniture looked old instead of in pristine condition..& constructed in the modern way.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We went on a weekend and there were quite a few local and foreign tourists around. This is a very well maintained museum - we learned a great deal about the trade between the Dutch and the Japanese; and the reconstructed buildings really do give you a vision of how Dejima was a century ago. This place was a highlight... More

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holland
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

As a Dutchman I was very proud to visit this historic side which reflects how life was back then when no foreigners were allowed to visit Japan but the Dutch. I really enjoyed this place which was very photogenic

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Seoul, South Korea
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Nice reconstruction of the old Dutch settlement, with interesting displays that illuminate the meeting of these two cultures. I especially loved the scientific instruments on display. Visited after reading The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - only disappointed that it's no longer an island! Still some restoration work going on. Y500, or Y250 with a three-day discount card given... More

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Breda, The Netherlands
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Being Dutch, visiting Dejima also fills me with pride that seafarers and tradesmen many centuries ago travelled the globe to establish themselves on this small island to do business and exchange knowledge with the local Japanese people. The rebuilt buildings and artifacts give you an impression on how live has been at the time. A visit worthwhile !

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