Hirado Castle 平戸城
Reconstructed Main Keep
Picture Donated by Frank T.
Founder Matsuura Shigenobu
Year 1599
Type Hilltop
Condition Reconstructed
Alternate Name Kameoka-jo
Reconstructed 1962 (concrete)
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Historical Site Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles, Important Cultural Properties
Location Hirado, Nagasaki Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Tabira Hiradoguchi Sta (Matsuura Rail), bus
Website Hirado City Historical Sites
Visitor Info. open 8:30 to 17:30; 500 yen; closed Dec. 30-31.
History The first castle was built in 1599 by Matsuura Shigenobu. The Matsuura clan burned down the castle in 1613 to show their loyalty to the Tokugawa shogunate. Construction on the present day castle was begun in 1704 and completed in 1718. The castle was designed by military strategist Yamaga Soko making use of the natural features of the land to increase the defensive ability of the castle. The Matsuura continued to rule from Hirado until the Meiji Restoration. The main keep and four yagura were reconstructed in 1962.
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  • furinkazan on My Page    April 18, 2013 at 08:10 PM
    Nice castle to visit. They at least tried to put some colors resembling wood. You are able to take photos of everything. After the castle i visited some other places of interest in the city. One for samurai-history-fans is surely the Matsura historical museum. From there you can take a picture of almost all towers of the castle afar. Inside you may take pictures without flash. The artifacts are really wonderfull. They have a byoubu(=folding screen) of the battle of Nagashino, and some other battles. I first had planned to take the train from Sasebo-station, but i decided to use the bus. You have to take it at busstop 2 in front of the east-exit of Sasebo-station. You can take it to the busterminal at Hirado, but i went off at the Saiwai-bridge.(the fee is the same : 1300yen) from there it is easy to walk to the castle or anywhere in the city. The time with the bus is +/-1h30min. This is the same time from Sasebo-station to Tabirahirdoguchi-station. The fee for the train is 1190yen, but you still have to take a bus or walk to Hirado(=+/-4.5km) The way back is very easy, the end-stop of the bus is at the Sasebo-station.
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Hirado, Nagasaki Pref.
Hirado Castle views
Reconstructed Main Keep Honmaru Gate
Main keep North Gate
Kitakoguchi Mon and Jizozaka Yagura Tanuki Yagura
Kenso Yagura and the straits from the keep. View of Kaiju Yagura
Kenso Yagura, Kaiju Yagura and the sumo grounds. View of the Inui Yagura from the road.
Hirado Bay Map