Hirado Castle

Castle / Ruins of Castle
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.

Spot details

Address
Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Iwanouechou 1458
Phone
0950222201
Hours
8:30-17:00
[Apr.- Sep.]8:30-18:00
Closed
12/30-31
Fees
[Adult]520yen
[High school student]310yen
[Elementary and junior high school students]200yen
Parking Lot
Available(50spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Available (outdoor)
Wi-Fi
Available
Note
Reiwa 3rd Year 4Monday1Sunday Renewal Open
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Infant friendly
Available
Pet friendly
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Closed for renovation
    3.0 Reviewed:2021.02.24
    Hirado Castle stands on the top of Kameoka, where Kameoka shrine is also located. Although it is a reconstruction, it is known as a beautiful castle. Unfortunately, the castle was closed for...
  • *** Castle closed for restoration***
    4.0 Reviewed:2020.03.29
    Castle closed till Mar 31, 2021. Outside grounds were beautiful and peaceful. The cherry blossom trees were in bloom which was awesome.
  • Lovely Castle
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.02.10
    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...

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