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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

Matsūra Historical Museum

This museum is housed in the stunning residence of the Matsūra 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) paintings…
Seafood in Hirado

Hirado Seto Ichiba

Downstairs is a fish market selling colourful and bargain-priced local fish (gutted and filleted on request), while upstairs is a popular shokudō (inexpensive restaurant) with indoor-outdoor seating and views across…
Sweets in Hirado


Tsutaya has been making gorgeous tea-ceremony sweets since 1502, as a supplier to Hirado's ruling Matsūra clan. Nowadays it reproduces those historic tastes and innovates others, including through the 'Sweet Hirado'…
Steak in Hirado


Local Hirado-gyū (beef), marvellously marbled and tender, is highly prized. This place on Hirado's main shopping street does it yakiniku (Korean-barbecue) style: in a private room, you cook the beef over a grill set…
Cultural in Hirado

Jangara Matsuri

Hirado's famous Jangara Matsuri folk festival is particularly colourful, reminiscent of Okinawa or Korea. Arrive in Hirado by late morning for the afternoon events.
Cultural in Hirado

Okunchi Matsuri

The Okunchi Matsuri has dragon and lion dancing at Kameoka-jinja.
Seafood in Hirado


Across the car park from the tourist-information office and operated by local fishing families, this cooperative is basically a market with picnic tables, where staff prepare meals. Look for the red building and ask…
Noodles in Hirado


This friendly shop across the road from the ferry dock serves Nagasaki Prefecture's most famous dish, champon, a relative of ramen, loaded with pork and vegetables. Table and hori-kotatsu (well-in-the-floor) seating…