One of the many spacious Japanese-styled rooms laced with European touches. (Photo: Sleiman Azizi)

Dejima in Nagasaki

A glimpse into Japan and Europe during the Edo period

Sleiman Azizi   - 1 min read

Belying its size, the former island of Dejima played an important role in the history of Japan.

The banning of Christianity by the Shogunate saw the island used as a place of internment for the local Christian Portuguese traders. After the Portuguese were expelled from the country, the Dutch then set up an international trading port on the island - the first and only such trading port during Japan's official period of isolation from the outside world.

Courtesy of land reclamation projects, Dejima is now part of Nagasaki proper. Ironically, though, plans are in place to have Dejima separated again and restored back to its original island state.

The single main street of Dejima makes it an easy place to visit. Once you enter, you find yourself surrounded by many original and reconstructed buildings, giving a most interesting glimpse at the life and conditions of the Dutch who lived and worked here.

Getting there

From JR Nagasaki station, take Tram Line 1 to Dejima Station (no.30). It's only a few minutes to the station and even less to the entrance to Dejima.

Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

I'm a Japanese Permanent Resident with over 650 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books inspired by traditional Japanese literature.I'm also a Japan Travel expert for Tokyo, so if you've anything to say about Japan's never ending capital - or just Japan in general - don't ...