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Hirado Flounder FestivalHirado is known as one of the nation's top producers of natural flounder. During the festival, this local favorite can be enjoyed at selected restaurants and hotels at a specially reduced price. The largest flounder hauled in and delivered to the nearby market often measure around the size of a floor cushion. Get a bite of this meaty Hirado seafood during its most delicious season!
Doya Tanada (Rice Terrace) FestivalA magical scene emerges from Doya Tanada's rice terraces, as some 2,600 lanterns, set on the ridges between the rice fields, are lit up. It is so magical that time seems to stop for a moment; the sun sets on the ocean just beyond the terraces, creating a beam of reflection and painting the entire field of vision into a world of nothing but gold and orange.
St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church - A View of a Christian Church and Japanese TemplesConstructed in 1913 as the Hirado Catholic Church, it was relocated to its present site in 1931. The statue of St. Francis was erected in 1971 to to honour the missionary’s visit to Hirado in 1550, and the church later given its present name.
An exotic view of a Japanese temples with this church from a street down to the town was described by the Lonly Planet as "one of the most photogenic vantage points in all of Kyushu."
Matsuura Historical MuseumThe Matsuura Historical Museum houses the impressive residence of the Matsuura clan, who ruled the island from the 11th to 19th century, and prospered through international trading. Inside the museum, you can dress up in samurai armor or a Japanese Kimono and enjoy the treasures of the Matsuura. You can also enjoy an original warrior-style green tea and authentic sweets with its 400 years of tradition at a thatch-roofed tea ceremony house located at the side, in a very quiet natural setting, where you can only hear the songs of the birds and the bamboo. On the other side of the museum, there is a café in a Japanese-style building, furnished with Western furniture.
Tabira ChurchThe church was designed by Tetsukawa Yosuke, a famous architect of various churches in Nagasaki Prefecture, and built between December 1915 and October 1917. It is one of the latest brick churches in the prefecture of Nagasaki. Tetsukawa Yosuke has called this one of his best works.
Hirado CastleHirado Castle offers a commanding view of Hirado Port and the ancient forest of Kurokojima Island. Its museum contains many valuable relics dating back to the Hirado’s feudal past.
Hirado BridgeThe bridge, linking Hirado Island to the Tabira district, was completed in 1977. The truss suspension design has a total length of 665 meters, with a main span of 465.4 meters and a width of 10.7 meters. It is suspended 30 meters above sea level.
Former Nokubi ChurchIn the Nozaki Island, located in the north of the Goto Islands, there used to be two Christian communities, called "Nokubi" and "Setozaki." In spite of the poverty due to the mountainous area and infertile soil, both communities built wooden churches. Eventually, 18 Christian families began constructing a brick church. Through their endeavors and enthusiasm, Nokubi Church was completed. It was designed and constructed by Yosuke Tetsukawa, and it was the first brick church for him. However, after Japan entered the period of rapid economic growth, more and more people left the island. By 1971, all the residents had gone out of Nozaki Island. On the now uninhabited island, Nokubi Church soon deteriorated. However, the church was restored and repaired by the government of Ojika Town, in which the church is located.
Fishing Experience in Hirado!Hirado is immensely popular for fishing.Take a ride on a real fishing boat and help pull in a fixed net. The fresh-caught fish dance wildly, bringing you the grandeur and excitement of the sea. Afterwards, why not try making sea salt, too, and enjoy another gift of the beautiful sea.
Meet at Shiraishi Port (6:00am or 11:00 am) ・・・Change clothes・・・Instructions・・・Depart from Port・・・10 minutes boat ride・・・Fishing・・・Return to Port (8:00am or 12:00pm) ・・・Change clothes ・・・Breakfast of Lunch (8:10am or 12:10pm)
Hirado Dutch Trading PostThe Hirado Dutch Trading Post was located here from 1609 to 1641, when Hirado was the main international trading port of Japan. It included many different buildings but the 1639 warehouse is said to have been the first full-fledged western style building in Japan. This building has been carefully reconstructed and houses a museum that tells the international trading history of Hirado.The most unique exhibits include a Dutch suit of armor which was rearranged in Japanese style by a Samurai.
The Gravesite of William AdamsThe first English citizen to arrive in Japan, Anjin Miura (Williams Adams' Japanese name) became a diplomatic adviser for the Tokugawa Shogunate. He also contributed to the trade between Hirado and England and the Netherlands. Every year in May a commemoration service is held in his honor.
He is also known as the model of James Clavell's best-selling novel "Shogun".
Shima no Yakata: Museum of IkitsukiThe museum presents information on the history and folklore of the island of Ikitsuki.
The large exhibition hall is designed like the inside of a church and displays artifacts related to livelihood and religion.
The hidden Christians maintained their faith even under severe oppression, in a unique form mixing Christianity with Buddhism and Shintoism.
Fisheries and agriculture thrived in the rich natural environment. The traditional equipment, miniature models and dioramic images inform visitors about the colorful history of Ikitsuki Island.