Dutch Slope オランダ坂
Stone-paved, scenic slope steeped in history
Located in Higashi-Yamate, Oranda-zaka or "Dutch Slope" is a small and hilly road with a long and winding history. A preferred settlement area for foreigners from the mid- to the late-19th century, the area's Western-style buildings reveal past expat life at its finest.
- Eight Flag Tea Shop, inspired by British culture and popular for fluffy waffles
- A beautifully maintained Confucian shrine known as Koshi-byo
- Prime tourism spot Glover Garden is just a 10-minute walk away
How to Get There
Nagasaki's tram networks provide direct access. The area is a 5-minute walk from Shinchi Chinatown Station, on the blue or green line. Alternatively, take the green tram to the Medical Center. From here, you'll reach Oranda-zaka in about two minutes.
The architecture along the slope is mainly Western in style, with sweeping verandas and painted exteriors. In stark contrast to the tans and browns typically found in Japanese houses, many of the former residences and foreign consulates now house museums or refurbished eateries.
Home life on display
Higashi Yamate 13, was once the French consulate and the former home of a wealthy family and is now open to the public. Visit this well-preserved building and make sure to go out onto the upstairs balcony.
Hints of a religious past
Japan's first Protestant Church of England was originally built on site in 1862. Look out for a monument to the church's ruins in the stone wall near Oranda-zaka.
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