Discover a clash of cultures, scenic hiking, and breathtaking sunsets
Hirado Island is precisely where Japanese-European relations were born, with remnants of this incredible history still dotting the landscape. Featuring some of Japan's most unique sights, travelers will find Christian churches and Buddhist temples side-by-side. Plus, there’s a wealth of samurai museums, outdoor adventures, and culinary delights.
Situated amongst a subtropical archipelago, Hirado is overflowing with stunning scenery. Stretching from the sunsets that dip below the East China Sea to the scenic pinnacle of Kawachi Pass, there are virtually endless hikes and outdoor activities to encounter. Meanwhile, the island is teeming with centuries-old landmarks exploring the juxtaposed nature of Hirado’s Japanese and European legacy.
Hirado offers a compelling glimpse into Japan’s feudal past, with the Matsura clan ruling the region for hundreds of years. With some of the city’s streetscape dating back to the Edo period, this historic castle town reveals Japan’s dynamic history. Find out more by taking part in a museum tour or sitting down for a traditional tea ceremony.
Surrounded by the East China Sea, Hirado Island enjoys access to some of the freshest ingredients in the region. So naturally, this means you have to spend time sampling a wealth of delicious flavors, including local favorites like Hirado-style champon noodles and wagyu beef. Plus, you can’t miss Japanese sweets invented with the arrival of European sugar during the Edo period.
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