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Hirado Castle


This castle sits atop a hill overlooking the seaside port of Hirado in Nagasaki. Initially constructed in 1599 by the warlord Matsura Shigenobu, he then burnt the castle down in 1613 as a gesture of contrition after being on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara.

Today you can visit a concrete reconstruction of the main keep and four turrets built in the 1960s. One original gate and turret remain. The castle features a modern museum detailing the history of the structure, the local area, and the Matsura family. On the top floor of the keep is a viewing platform which offers an impressive view of the port. The city of Hirado plans to open one of the turrets to overnight guests from summer 2020.

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