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Dejima, Nagasaki

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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. Using our custom trip planner, Nagasaki attractions like Dejima can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Very graphic created Museum, that just added / supplemented. It makes stripes fun through the rooms.
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  • In the Dejima Bridge frame or took! Across the bridge at that time and to do the same so can go to Dejima. 11/2017 the cross seems to be show is scheduled.
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  • Interesting museum about the trade history of Japan with the Netherlands. Nice location at the water.  more »
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  • This address is wrong on Google maps currently. The open air museum is just two streets down next to the river. But a great place to visit and really interesting multi-cultural history of Japan!
  • The location is wrong on the google maps. it's literally in front of Dejima station. The museum is very detailed and interesting to know how they lived in Dejima. And the funny thing is that they have brochure in Dutch.
  • Great re-creations of unique Nagasaki Dutch houses. Between Dejima and Glover house I really felt that I got a good grasp of Nagasaki's unique history and role in Japan's version of globalisation.
  • Very cool old town to explore. Fascinating history. Would recommend a visit here!
  • Visited the Nagasaki Wharf area and after lunch  went to see Dejima aka Exit Island. It has an interesting history. In 1543, the history of direct contacts between Japan and Europe began with the arrival of storm-blown Portuguese merchants on Tanegashima. Six years later the Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier landed in Kagoshima. At first Portuguese traders were based in Hirado, but they moved in search of a better port. In 1570 daimyō Ōmura Sumitada converted to Catholicism (choosing Bartolomeu as his Christian name) and made a deal with the Portuguese to develop Nagasaki, soon the port was open for trade . In 1580 Sumitada gave the jurisdiction of Nagasaki to the Jesuits, and the Portuguese obtained the de facto monopoly on the silk trade with China through Macau. The shogun Iemitsu ordered the construction of the artificial island in 1634, to accommodate and confine the Portuguese traders living in Nagasaki to prevent the propagation of their religion. This was one of the many edicts put forth by Iemitsu between 1633 and 1639 moderating contact between Japan and other countries. However, in response to the uprising of the predominantly Christian population in the Shimabara-Amakusa region, the Tokugawa government decided to expel the Portuguese in 1639.