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Dejima, Nagasaki

3.6
#2 of 44 in Museums in Nagasaki
Specialty Museum · Museum
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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  • A preserved Museum to a strange period in Nagasaki's History. Built c.1636 as a man-made Island to originally segregate the Portuguese from the Japanese and exert control over their Missionary...  more »
  • We can see the replica of the buildings for the foreign traders at that time, another way to learn the history of Nagasaki  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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