Hirado Castle 平戸城
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles, Important Cultural Properties|
|Location||Hirado, Nagasaki Pref.|
|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.|
|Notes||A great castle and town to visit, but not very convenient without private transportation.|
|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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Hirado, Nagasaki Pref.