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Hirado

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Hirado, historically known as Firando is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The part historically named Hirado is located on the Hirado Island. With recent mergers, the city's boundaries have expanded, and Hirado now occupies parts of the main island of Kyushu. The components are connected by the Hirado Bridge.As of March 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 31,192 and a population density of 130 persons per km². The total area is 235.63km².HistoryHirado has been a port of call for ships between the Asian mainland and Japan since the Nara period. During the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, the local Matsuura clan held the rights to trade with Korea and with Song-dynasty China. During the Sengoku and early Edo periods, Hirado's role as a center of foreign trade increased, especially vis-à-vis Ming-dynasty China and the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC). The Portuguese arrived in 1550; and the English and Dutch initially reached Japan at the beginning of the 17th century.
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Church
Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church
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Duration: 1 hour
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Castle
Hirado Castle
3.5
Duration: 1 hour
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Bridge
Hirado Ohashi
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Catholic Tabira Church
4.6
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Hirado

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Lighthouse
Obae Lighthouse
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Himosashi Church
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
Church
Hoki Church
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Church
Yamada Church
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Hirado

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History Museum
Remains of Dutch Trading House
3.1
Duration: 30 minutes
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History Museum
Matsuura Historical Museum
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
Specialty Museum
The Railway Museum, Tabira Hiradoguchi Station
2.1
Duration: 1 hour
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History Museum
Hirado Christian Museum
3.2
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Hirado

Beach
Neshiko Beach
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Scenic Drive
Ikitsuki Sunsetway Ikitsuki-shima
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Gift & Specialty Shop
Hirado Seto Ichiba
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Specialty Museum
Shimanoyakata
4.7
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Hirado

Historic Site
Imari Okawachiyama Imari
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Gift & Specialty Shop
Michi-no-Eki Matsuura Umi no Furusato Kan Matsuura
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Landmark
Imari Imari
3.5
Duration: 1 hour
Bridge
Takashima Hizen Ohashi Matsuura
3.6
Duration: 1 hour

Beaches in Hirado

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Beach
Hitotsuku Beach
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
Beach
Senrigahama Beach
2.5
Duration: 1 hour

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