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DejimaDejima was artificial island to let foreigners stay.
The former island is located just to the south of Nagasaki prefectural government office.
It is located about 1.2 km south of JR Nagasaki station.

The island was constructed around 1634.
Edo government had started having an isolationist policy, and this island was for managing Portuguese who had come to do missionary work and trading.

It was about 200 meters from east to west and about 70 meters from north to south, and the shape was curved a little like a Japanese fan. On the north coast, a bridge to the mainland was set up and the people going in and out were monitored there.

In 1639, Edo government banished the Portuguese.
Instead, they moved the office of Dutch East India Company which had been set up in Hirado to this island. And here had been the only foreign settlement in Japan until 1850s for about two centuries.
In the meantime, Japanese scientists knew the new Western science such as astronomy and medicine though only gradually, under national isolation.

After the end of feudal Edo government, the sea around this island was landfilled in the 1890s, then this site became a part of the mainland.

But, since 1990s, Nagasaki city is promoting the restoration of Dejima.
Now some buildings have been restored as museums on the site.

How to get to here

By streetcar

By street car with route No. 1 or 2, get off at Dejima stop.

Former north gate Miniature of Dejima
Main street Director's residence
Photo by Railstation.net
Captain's house
Photo by Railstation.net

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