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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 Area 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 testimony to the island's history.
Museum in Hirado

Matsūra Historical Museum

Across the bay from the tourist centre, 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 …
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 from the tourist information office and operated by local fishing families, this cooperative is basically a market with picnic tables, where staff will prepare meals. Look for the red building and ask for sas…
Steak in Hirado


Hirado beef compares well in taste with other wagyū varieties. Try it at this spacious and comfy spot for yakiniku (Korean-style grilled beef). Multicourse set menus are a good deal.
Castle in Hirado


Hirado-jō presides over the town, with an enormous number of rebuilt structures. 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 small museum displays items including a Maria-Kannon statue that the hidden Christians used in place of the Virgin Mary.