Dejima 出島

Dejima
Dejima

Old Japan's window to the West

Initially built to isolate the Dutch and Portuguese and prevent the propagation of Christianity, the fan-shaped island of Dejima was later home to Dutch emigrants and a hub for European trade. As you explore the streets and ports, you will feel as though you are exploring history itself.

Don't Miss

  • Exploring Dejima in a kimono
  • Seeing the area as it once was at the Dejima Museum
  • Watching the setting sun from a cafe on Dejima Wharf

How to Get There

Dejima is only a short distance from Nagasaki Station, and you can get there on foot in under 15 minutes.

Alternatively, hop on the blue streetcar and get off at the Dejima stop.

Quick Facts

Dejima was built on reclaimed land and in the shape of a fan

Until 1843, Dejima was the only place in all of Japan where foreigners could come and trade

Exploring the city as it was

Dejima no longer exists as an island trading post, but its former buildings and other exhibits have been rebuilt as a life-size museum. Catch a glimpse of the city in its heyday, and take a walking tour of the reconstructed residences, warehouses, and other buildings.

Take a trip back in time

Discover more about Edo period Japan (1603-1867) by spending an hour or so wandering the streets. Make your trip more memorable by renting a kimono at the local kimono emporium and book a photo shoot to commemorate your trip to the area.

A stone's throw to Dejima Wharf

From central Dejima, proceed on foot to nearby Dejima Wharf. A picturesque seaside facility filled with shops and restaurants, the pier is the ideal place to eat and see the sunset over Nagasaki .

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