Dejima Island – Nagasaki Bay

Dejima Island in Nagasaki bay was the only point of formal international trade and communication during Japan’s  period of isolation in the Tokugawa period.  Construction of the artificial land mass ended in 1636 and was for use by Portuguese traders.  The missionaries that accompanied them were viewed as a threat and were eventually banished.  The Dutch took over the island and were sequestered there.  Dejima was eventually surrounded as land reclamation began from 1861, where it eventually lost its original boarders in 1904.  The island is currently being restored, and now serves as a museum with artifacts and recreated buildings. Below are a few pictures from my trips to Nagasaki with my schools on their Shugakkoryoko (school trip).

Today there are many interesting things to see, with a self-guided one hour course, and a two-hour course. It’s a good place for history buffs, or for families, with many interactive experiences for young children and English language signs and information.

*Information on dates from the English language tourist pamphlet.  For more information visit