The island of Hirado in the northwest of Nagasaki Prefecture is rich in natural beauty and historical spots. In the late 16th century, Portuguese ships and missionaries landed here and established a trading post, followed by the Dutch and British in the early 17th century. The tomb of William Adams, who established the British trading house, and the monument to St. Francis Zavier, who introduced Christianity into Japan, are located in Sakikata Park.
The island stretches about 45km north-south and has numerous beautiful inlets, beaches and hills, with one fourth of its terrain is included in a national park. Neshiko is famous for its excellent white-sandy beach and the mountain pass at Kawachi commands a splendid panoramic view of the island. The area centered on the castle celebrates a lantern festival in October.
Airport/Sta.Nagasaki Airport (about 61km) Google Transit
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Hirado was a castle town of the Matsuura clan and once the center of Christian propagation. Strolling around the alleys takes you back the Edo era.
Hirado was a castle town of the Matsuura clan and once the center of Christian propagation. Strolling around the alleys takes you back the Edo era.Read moreClose