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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Hirado Castle

Hirado Castle (Hirado-jo) was built in 1707 by the daimyo Matsuura Takashi. The donjon was built on top of a small, rounded mountain. The castle supposedly had a structure heavily influenced by the Yamaga-ryu, whose school of war strategy was highly regarded. It fell into disrepair after government by the samurai class ended in the latter half of the 19th century. The present donjon was reconstructed in 1962. The beautiful three-tiered, five-storied donjon was built as if overlooking the ocean, and a large amount of information relating to the castle is exhibited inside.

1473 Iwanokami-cho, Hirado-shi, Nagasaki

Admission Fee
500 yen

Dec. 30-31

Matsuura Railway Tabira-Hiratoguchi Station/Bus/5 min./Shiyakusho (City Hall)-mae Bus Stop/On foot/5 min.