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Hirado Castle平戸城

Historical Monument

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.


Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Iwanouechou 1458 (Sasebo / HiradoArea)

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Review of Hirado Castle

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Reviewed:2019/02/10 Lovely Castle
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...
Reviewed:2018/07/21 Great Castle and Exhibition
We really enjoyed touring the castle grounds. Parking is available and free. You walk in a ways and buy tickets before going up to the tower which houses the museum.

The museum houses a great...
Reviewed:2018/05/14 Attractive overall historical recreation castle complex
Exterior architecture of the castle is better than the interior. Even though it is not really an authentically old castle, it is quite picturesque, while the interior is from a less architecturally...

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Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Iwanouechou 1458 [ map ]
Sasebo / HiradoArea
12/30, 31
* Closed due to fumigation work
[Admission fee]Adults510yen, High School Students300yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students200yen
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Closed for renovation work until 3Monday, Reiwa 3
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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