Hirado attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Hirado

Oranda Shōkan

Across from the waterfront, this building was the trading house of the Dutch East India Company. Shogunal authorities took the Gregorian date on the front of the building (1639) as proof of forbidden Christianity, o…
Top Choice Street in Hirado

Ji-in to Kyōkai no Mieru Michi

This street, rising up a steep hill from town, is one of the most photogenic vantage points in all of Kyūshū. The Buddhist temples and large Christian church are testament to the island's history and shared East-Wes…
Museum in Hirado

Matsuura Historical Museum

This museum is housed in the stunning residence of the Matsuura clan, who ruled the island from the 11th to the 19th centuries. You'll find armour that you can don to pose for photos; byōbu (folding screen) painting…
Castle in Hirado


Hirado-jō presides over the town. The castle has an enormous number of rebuilt structures, and inside you'll see traditional armour and clothing, and photos and models of old Hirado.
Museum in Hirado

Hirado Christian Museum

Across the middle of the island, this remote, small museum displays items including a Maria-Kannon statue that the hidden Christians used in place of the Virgin Mary.