Hirado is a small port town north of Nagasaki City, with enough charm to make you consider staying for a night or two (or ... More
Hirado is a small port town north of Nagasaki City, with enough charm to make you consider staying for a night or two (or longer). Like other towns and cities in Nagasaki, the Dutch presence influenced the early character of the town, though all that remains today are a few structures of Dutch making and historical anecdotes that the townspeople take pride in. But Hirado has much more than European remnants. There is a scenic castle, delicious seafood and the lovely town itself.
This is a nice place with a lot of history. The nature was stunning and a drive around the island is definitely recommended. Excellent beaches and hikes plus many temples and a castle. Some sights are a bit hidden away and nothing is marketed/touristified which can means spider webs on small paths but also authentic experience that is hard to fine in Japan nowadays. The matsura historical museum is worth checking out, plus a drive near sunset around Ikitsuki island is recommended.
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