Getting to Hirado: plane, train, and automobile
Until 1977, Hirado was only accessible by boat. Today, Hirado is connected to the main island of Kyushu by Hirado Ohashi Bridge, a contemporary unmissable red steel suspension bridge that is easily accessible from the core city of Sasebo, Fukuoka, and Nagasaki.
The easiest way to reach Hirado Island from the mainland of Kyushu is via public transport.
From Fukuoka: Express busses run throughout the day from Fukuoka. You can catch a bus from either Hakata Station, Tenjin Station, or from the Fukuoka Airport. Trip times vary but are typically under two hours.
Visitors can also reach Hirado by way of Sasebo by taking the express train from Fukuoka. A journey from Fukuoka’s Hakata Station takes just under two hours. However, once you arrive in Sasebo, you will need to take a connecting bus to reach Hirado.
From Nagasaki: Like its northern counterpart Fukuoka, Nagasaki offers a quick connection to Hirado by express bus, with busses conveniently departing directly from Nagasaki Airport.
Nagasaki Station also offers daily express train trips throughout the day. Overall, your time on the train from Nagasaki to Sasebo is about two hours. From Sasebo, you can hop aboard a connecting bus or train and travel along the Matsura Railway to reach your final destination, Hirado, Japan.
And while Japan’s public transportation is efficient and highly utilized, you can’t go wrong with your own car rental. There are rental options available in both Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Sasebo.