Hirado Island is the precise spot where Japanese-European relations were born, and remnants of this incredible history still dot the landscape. Featuring some of the most unique sights in Japan, travelers will find Christian churches and Buddhist temples side-by-side. Plus, there’s a wealth of samurai museums, outdoor adventures, and culinary delights, ensuring you leave with plenty of unforgettable memories.
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.
Take part in this unique 3-day guided tour package, including a luxury 1-night stay at the historic Hirado Castle. As some of the most exclusive accommodation in the region, only one party gets to experience this extravagant setting per night. The tour only gets more lavish the following night, with the renowned Yufuin Onsen in Oita Prefecture offering unbelievable relaxation and sprawling mountain views.