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  • Hirado Castle
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Iwanouechou 1458
    This was the residential castle of the Matsura clan, the feudal lords of the Hirado Domain. The fortification technology at the time incorporated the unusual Yamagaryu (Yamaga school) style. Construction originally began in 1599 as “Hi-no-Takejo” but as it neared completion in 1613, it fell under suspicion from Tokugawa Ieyasu due to the deep friendship the clan had with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, so the clan head Shigenobu burned down the castle himself. The clan lived in the palace that was on the site for about 90 years, and reconstruction of Hirado Castle began in 1704 and was completed in 1718. The view of the Port of Hirado looking down from the castle keep is outstanding, and visitors can obtain a view that includes the virgin forest of Kuroko Island (a Natural Monument) and the Hirado Ohashi Bridge.

    Hirado Island is what I class as traditional Japan. Everything seems to be at a slower pace (which is a good thing) Hirado Castle is a prominent landmark in the area. We got some lovely photographs...

  • Hirado Kaijo Hotel
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    3.5
    103 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Okubochou 2231-3
    "This hotel is located in Okubo-cho, Hirado City. The baths can be used even for day-trips, and use sodium - hydrogen carbonate spring water from the Hirado Onsen that is good for nerve pain, lower back pain, hemorrhoids, rheumatism and fatigue. It has an open ocean-facing outdoor bath, the aquarium bath ""Ryugu"" equipped with a tank with swimming fish and turtles, rental open-air baths, rental observation baths, and various other baths. There is also a resting area where you can relax after bathing."

    The hotel is a bit old but it’s really cheap. The staff is very kind and helpful. We booked a Western Japanese room and got a great sea view with Hirado bay, castle and bridge. The dinner was...

  • Matsuura Historical Museum
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Kagamigawachou 12
    This is a museum that conveys the history of the Lord Hirado Matsuura family who once dominated the northern area of Nagasaki Prefecture. In addition to weapons and letters from the Matsuura family, a large number of art objects such as paintings and maki-e artworks are displayed. The museum building uses the private residence of the Matsuura family built in 1893, and the stone steps and stone walls at the entrance date to the early Edo period. Experience trying on armor or a bridal kimono free of charge. It is ten minutes by car from Hiradoguchi Station.

    My friend and I enjoyed our visit to this museum and learning about the history of this area. Bought a couple souvenirs to remember our trip.

  • Hirado City Ikitsuki-cho Municipal Museum Shima no Yakata
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Ikitsukichouminamimen 4289-1
    "This museum is located in Minamimen, Ikitsuki-cho, Hirado City. It has exhibits related to the history and culture of Ikitsuki Island, such as those related to the faith of the many hidden Christians living on the island, the island's whaling that boasted the largest scale in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868), and life on the island. ""Fisherman's Arena"" introduces the fishing industry in the seas near Hirado through a model of fixed shore nets and stuffed specimens of 250 types of fish from the nearby waters."

    1階は捕鯨の歴史と解体方法の紹介、クジラの標本。それから、魚の、剥製が沢山、展示してあります。2階は、隠れキリシタンの紹介です。魚やクジラの標本が凄いと思いました。

  • Kishotei
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Okubochou 2520
    A hotel with a bathhouse open to non-guests located close to Sakikata Park in Okubo-cho, Hirado City. The hotel bathhouse has an outdoor bath commanding a view of the sea of Hirado, an indoor bath area with a panoramic view, and footbath; there are also guest rooms with their own private outdoor baths. A hydrogen carbonate spring is used to fill these baths with waters said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, chronic digestive diseases, and chronic skin diseases as well as aid recovery from fatigue. The hotel also has a restaurant serving kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal ingredients, a banquet hall, coffee lounge, and snack bar.

    Not an easy hotel to find, even with GPS, and if there are signs from the street theyre not in English. Its a largish hotel with several blocks set on the hill side with quite confusing floor...

  • Yutakazushi
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    12 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Shinmachi 101
    This sushi restaurant is located in Shin-machi, Hirado City. They offer nigiri sushi and chirashi sushi using seasonal seafood from Hirado, sets meals and courses with sashimi and tempura, seafood rice bowls and ochazuke (green tea over rice), and a la carte dishes. There are many menu items mainly featuring one of the country's leading catches of flounder such as a flounder course, flounder rice bowl and flounder ochazuke, and you can get the taste of natural flounder for a limited price from mid-January to the end of March during the Hirado Flounder Festival.

    魚が美味しい時期になってきました。平日に休みが取れたので車で平戸まで行って美味しい魚をいただきました。うかがったのは「豊鮨」です。三度目の訪問です。狙いは平目とウチワエビです。メニューを拝見すると、この両方が一度で味わえる「じげもん定食」3150円をいただきました。刺身はウチワエビ、ヒラメ、サザエなど、平戸牛の陶板焼き、小鉢と味噌汁、茶碗蒸しにご飯が付いています。期待通りのプリッとした甘みも感じる...

  • Hirado Kirishitan Museum
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Oishiwakichou 1502-1
    This is a Christian Museum in Neshiko, Hirado City. The museum exhibits historic artefacts related to Francisco Xavier and others who visited Hirado in 1550 to spread Christianity, martyrdom in the early Edo period, and the hidden Christians. The hidden Christian’s image of Mary, who was the object of religious beliefs, and fumi-e (tablets bearing Christian images, on which Edo-period authorities forced suspected Christians to stand on) are also exhibited. It is ten minutes by car from the “Himosashi” bus stop.

    Learn Something new every day And this was it, I did not know about this group in Japan, it was an intresting item on my tour

  • Roadside Station Ikitsuki Ohashi Tourist Shop
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    8 Reviews
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Ikitsukichouminamimen 4375-1
    This roadside station nearby Ikitsuki Ohashi Bridge is located in Minamimen, Ikitsuki-cho, Hirado City. It has shop selling specialty goods such as processed marine products and a park with a plaza and walking path. In addition, it is adjacent to the Hirado City Ikitsuki-cho Municipal Museum Shima no Yakata, where there are exhibits related to the history and culture of Ikitsuki Island.

    平戸島に隣接する生月島を結ぶ生月大橋を眺める道の駅。売店だけで食事処はないが景色はよい。 食事をするなら道を挟んで反対側の港側にある「ふれあい広場」に食事処と土産物売り場があり充実していて駐車場も広い。

  • A view of a Christian Church and Japanese Temples
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Kagamigawachou 269
    This area where one can see the fusion of West and East at the intersection of Hirado’s St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church with Komyo-ji Temple, Zuiun-ji Temple, and Shoso-ji Temple is very representative of Hirado City. The combination of the church’s spires and cross with the tiled roofs of the temples illustrates how Hirado is an important spot that almost symbolizes the connection between Japan and the West over its long history. This is an ideal spot to take photographs.
  • Reconstruction of the 1639 warehouse of the Dutch Trading Post in Hirado
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Okubochou 2477
    This trading post built in Hirado flourished as port of trade with the Netherlands for 33 years from 1609 to 1641 until the move to Nagasaki’s Dejima Island. The stone warehouse built in 1639 to store trade cargo is Japan’s first western-style building, and the exterior resembles the style of buildings in the Netherlands. To the Japanese this exterior was a strange sight and since the Western calendar was inscribed on the gables the Edo shogunate had it destroyed. The Hirado Dutch Trading Post that opened in 2011 is a faithful reconstruction of this building. Visitors can also peruse materials that concern trade in those days.
  • Kawachi Toge Pass
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Onochou
    This is a gently sloping prairie over 6.4 times the size of Tokyo Dome occupying approximately 30 hectares. From the summit one has a view of the Ninety-Nine Islands, the Genkai Sea as well as Iki Island and Tsushima Island further away. In spring Hirado azaleas bloom profusely, in summer the grasses are a radiant green, and in autumn Japanese pampas grass covers the land as far as the eye can see. In the winter the fields are set ablaze to prevent serious fires and promote the cultivation of young grass, and many tourists come to see this spectacular sight.
  • Shiodawara no dangai Cliffs
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Ikitsukichouichibu 1560
    These cliffs are on the northwest side of Ikitsuki Island, one of the many that dot the seas of Nagasaki Prefecture. The cliffs are approximately 15 minutes by car from Ikitsuki Ohashi Bridge. The sheer cliffs that stretch along the coast are formed from a columnar joint, characterized by rows of five to seven-sided broken pillars of basalt. Lots of the bases of these pillars are lined up like stumps where the waves break below. These magnificent cliffs reach as high as 20 meters and spread north-south over a 500-meter area. They've been chosen as one of the New Top 100 Nagasaki Prefecture Tourist Spots.
  • Himosashi Church
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Himosashichou 1039
    This church is located in Himosashi-cho, Hirado City. A Catholic cathedral second in size only to the Urakami Cathedral in Motoo-machi, Nagasaki City, it was designed by Yosuke Tetsukawa and completed in 1929. Beautiful stained glass fills the Romanesque-style building.
  • Sacred Places in Hirado and Kasuga Village
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Kasugachou 166 (Information Center)
    "It is a part of the ""Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region,"" a UNESCO World Heritage, which consists of Kasuga Village in Kasuga-cho, Hirado City, Mt. Yasuman in Shushi-cho and Nakaeno Island in Shimonakano-cho. Many hidden Christians lived in Kasuga Village when the religion was prohibited, and Mt. Yasuman, the highest peak on Hirado Island, and Nakaeno Island, where Christians were executed, are revered at sacred places. Although the faith had continued to be passed on even after the prohibition of the religion ended, events have ceased in recent years due to depopulation."
  • Hoki Church
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Houkichou 1170
    This church located in Hoki-cho, Hirado City was built in 1898. Built by carpenters for temple and shrine construction on Ukujima Island who had been baptized, it has various architectural features such as a structure combining wooden tile roofing with brick. It is a prefecturally-designated tangible cultural property for its valuable construction that shows the history of faith in the area and the history of church architecture that moved from wood to brick.
  • Tabira Catholic Church
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Tabirachoukotedamen 19
    This church is located in Kotedamen, Tabira-cho, Hirado City. A church built by believers who moved from Kuroshima and overseas after 1886 and whose temporary building was a private house, the permanent building was completed in 1918 from the donation of accumulated money from worshippers. The last brick church designed by Yosuke Tetsukawa, who helped design many churches in Nagasaki, it has been designated a nationally important cultural property. You must contact them in advance for tours.
  • Nakaenoshima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Shimonakanochou
    This uninhabited island off the coast of Hirado Island is located in Shimonakano-cho, Hirado City. It is included in ''Sacred Places in Hirado and Village,'' which forms part of the ''Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region,'' a UNESCO World Heritage. It became a holy place for the martyrdom of the Christians executed there in the early days of the prohibition on Christianity. The hidden Christians revered the island and called it by various names including ''St. John,'' and water-drawing ceremonies were held using the island's water as holy water.
  • Kogetsudo Rouho
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    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Iwanouechou 1247-2
    "A confectionary shop located inside the Hirado Bussankan on National Route 383 in Iwanoue-cho, Hirado City. The shop makes and sells ""Kasudosu,"" a confectionary whose recipe was conveyed to Japan from Portugal some 460 years ago. The establishment continues to make these tasty treats according to a recipe which uses castella cake dating to this time, and which for many years was kept a closely guarded secret by the Matsuura clan, the then-rulers of Hirado. These traditional confections have also been given to the former emperor and empress consort."
  • Ikitsuki Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Iketsu-cho
    This island is located to the northwest of Hirado Island. It is connected to Hirado Island by the Ikitsuki Ohashi Bridge, and has a population of approximately 6,000 people. Besides many Christians living there and being known as a land of martyrdom where severe repression was carried out during the period Christianity was banned, it prospered as the largest whaling base in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). At the Hirado City Ikitsuki-cho Municipal Museum Shima no Yakata, there are exhibits related to the history of the island including those on hidden Christians and whaling.
  • Ikitsuki Ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Iketsu-cho
    This 960-meter bridge runs along Prefectural Route 42 that links Hirado Island and Ikitsuki Island to its northwest. Opened in 1991, it can now be used for free. There is a park at the foot of the bridge on the Ikitsuki Island side, and besides Roadside Station Ikitsuki Ohashi, there is also the adjacent Hirado City Ikitsuki-cho Municipal Museum Shima no Yakata.

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