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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. Arrange your visit to Dejima and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nagasaki using our Nagasaki route maker website.
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  • 長崎の江戸の歴史の象徴の一つと言うべき観光スポットです。とは言え総面積は約1万5千平方メートルと東京ドームの約3分の1にすぎず、展示を吟味せず周回するだけなら1時間とかかりません。施設内は展示がほとんどであり体験コーナーに類するアトラクションが少ないため、小さな子供は退屈してしまうかもしれません。それでも、江戸時代で唯一欧米に対し開かれた場所がここであるため、当時の欧米の文化や日本との関りを知る上...  more »
  • It's a very fascinating place. Considering that this small island was the only place in Japan that any foreigners could live, they made it work like a country, almost a selfcontained system. Huge...  more »
  • 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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