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“My First Castle Visit!”
Review of Hirado Castle

Hirado Castle
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

My friend and I spent a couple hours at the Hirado Castle. The grounds were just beautiful on our walk to the castle--beautiful pink lanterns hanging in the trees, families having picnics and several historical statues. The parking was easy to find, just a small fee to tour the castle and a few stairs to take, which was no problem even for my friend who uses a cane. Each floor was like a museum and the panoramic views at the top were spectacular!

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Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed this walking tour of the Hirado Castle. Beautiful architecture & views. ¥1020 for our family to visit. Worth the drive.

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Reviewed 5 June 2015

What a magnificent view! The castle overlooks the bay and is at the top of a rather sheer rock mountain(hill). The geography of Japan is breath-taking. Never have I seen first hand such a unique, warm, and wonderful place. Just about every valley between sheer rock cliffs is a terraced rice field. Whether you are in a town, city, or out in the country, everything looks clean and manicured. Trying to imagine life there thousand of years ago was not much unlike what one would see today, minus the new buildings and roads. The people of japan are so helpful, courteous, and respectful. We couldn't have felt more welcomed, and the food was great! We're planning a second trip in a couple of years.

1  Thank Curt E
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Reviewed 27 October 2014

As many castle in Japan, Hirado castle is not an old building. But the whole complex, the exhibition inside the castle and also the view is it worth to spend the entrance fee.

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Reviewed 1 September 2014

The Hirado Castle which we see now was rebuilt in 1962, but there are two structures on the property that date back to the 1700's. Lord Matsura of Hirado became a daimyo (or Lord) in 1587 under the power of Shogun Hideyoshi. He took part in various battles on the Korean Peninsula, leading 6,000 troops at the Battle of Bunroku Keichou. After returning home, he built Hinotake Castle on the property in 1599, but it was destroyed by fire in 1613. Truth is, he burned it down himself in a gesture of loyalty having served on the losing side of a battle between Toyotomi and Tokugawa shogunate. In 1704, almost 100 years later, construction of Hirado Castle was begun and took 15 years to complete, utilizing 550,000 laborers. The castle walls consist of four layers and enclose an area of about 40 acres. The Matsuura clan ruled here until 1871 when the han system was abolished.

The castle has a beautiful view of the Hirado Port which was a base for trade with China and Korea throughout Japans' history. A Portuguese ship first entered the port in 1550 and the Dutch and English established trading houses by the port until the Japanese government enforced their policy of national seclusion under which no Japanese could leave the country or any foreigner enter under penalty of death. This policy was not lifted until 1868, the only exception being the Dutch trading post, Dejima, at Nagasaki that was used by the Dutch from 1641 to 1853.

The castle is a museum on the inside and displays many artifacts from the 800 year history of the Matsura Family in Hirado, the highlight being the armor that was worn by Hiromu Matsura,(1806-1841) the 35th Lord of Hirado. He was the brother of the maternal grandmother of Emperor Meiji, who was famous for the Restoration Period in 1868 that brought about the eventual modernization of Japan.

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