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.
1458 Iwanouecho Hirado, Nagasaki 859-5121