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Dejima

6-1 Dejimamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0862, Japan
+81 95-821-7200
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Ranked #12 of 134 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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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Dejima is really woth it. Then you can embark in the story of Portuguese and Dutch traders who went to Japan during the Edo Period. Dejima was once an island, and though it is no more, a major effort in recreating all the details has been done, with a lot of explanatory panels. I didn't no anything about this before... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

As a Portuguese this island has a special meaning since it was created to house Portuguese traders after the ban of Christianity in Japan. Shortly afterwards Portuguese themselves were expelled and replaced by Dutch traders. The east part of the island was destroyed by fire and it's still awaiting a reconstruction. The west side had reconstructed buildings from the 19th... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
55 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What was once Dejima Island is now a part of downtown Nagasaki, but a lot of digging and restoration has now resulted in restoring many of the buildings the Dutch used during the years in which they were the only foreigners allowed to live (or trade) in Japan (as long as they were separated in Nagasaki) at the end of... More

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London
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103 reviews 103 reviews
26 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I was really pleased with my visit to Dejima - it is the historical museum of the man made island that they Dutch traders were confined to during the years of isolation in Japan. It includes several restored buildings, lots of interesting commentary and some fun little videos. Everything was in English as well as Japanese and most of it... More

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This tiny island played a large part in the modernization of Japan, the island was built from land reclaimed from the ocean and was used to house traders from The Dutch East India Trading Company, there are original artifacts and construction methods on display. This is another great chance to witness a part of Japanese history.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The history/circumstances of these little European enclaves in Asia is quite fascinating to me. These places are a legacy of European travelers and the way they lived all those years ago. The Europeans had a tiny island to call "home" and be kept away from the local people. There is a mini scale model of the island showing what it... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Step back in history when Japan finally open its door to foreign trade and foreigner to a certain degree. That's what Dejima was for. To keep the foreign influence out of the Japanese public to a bare minimum and keeping the foreigners isolated in this small man made island, but with all the luxuries that foreigners demanded. Full of history... More

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Boring, Maryland
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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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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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